About Us

Cleveland Health Sciences Library

The Cleveland Health Sciences Library was formed in 1965 by an agreement between the Cleveland Medical Library Association (CMLA) and Western Reserve University. CHSL operates in two locations: The Allen Memorial Medical Library, which has a collection of clinical books and journals, and which is home to the Dittrick Medical History Center and its collection of rare books, archives, medical artifacts, and books on the history of medicine, and the Health Center Library, which has a collection of basic sciences, nursing, dentistry and biology books, journals, audiovisuals, and microforms. The combined collections total over 430,000 volumes including electronics and collectibles, with print and electronic journal subscriptions numbering in excess of 60,000, electronic books numbering over 60,000 and print books numbering over 118,500. Both libraries are open to the public for in-house use of most materials. Personal and institutional members of the CMLA and faculty, students and staff of CWRU have borrowing privileges. The Cleveland Health Sciences Library serves as a resource library in the Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. CHSL also participates in OhioLINK, OHIONET, and OCLC.

Interlibrary Loan

Through Interlibrary Loan, CHSL obtains books, journal articles and sometimes other materials not available at CWRU or through OhioLINK. CHSL uses the ILLiad system.

Photocopiers and Printers - color now available!

Both the Health Center and the Allen libraries have black and color photocopiers and black printers equipped with card readers and coin-ops which accept nickels, dimes, quarters, one dollar coins, one dollar bills and five dollar bills. The charge is $0.15 for black and color copies and prints. The library provides no change. Copy cards are available from Access Services. Color printing is available; please consult the library staff during regular business hours.

Other Services

HCL can scan library materials, both graphic and print for OCR, within the limits of the U.S. Copyright Law, for output to a digital file. The reference staff will assist you with this service. It is done by appointment for CWRU/CMLA affiliates. Please call the Reference Department at 216.368.3218 to make arrangements or send an email to chslref@case.edu. You may also scan materials at the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship at Kelvin Smith Library.