May 28, 2023  
2015-2016 CenterScope 
2015-2016 CenterScope [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Facilities

Clinical Simulation

Clinical simulation is an essential component of virtually all undergraduate and professional programs offered at the UTHSC and currently occurs in a variety of locations.

Memphis provides simulation experiences for three of its programs in the Humphrey’s General Education Building and for several other programs in the 920 Madison Building (Kaplan Clinical Skills Center and the Interprofessional Simulation Center).

The Humphrey’s General Education Building (GEB) provides significant simulation space within the GEB for dentistry, nursing, and physical therapy. The Dental space consists of primarily three simulation labs. The first, of approximately 4165 square feet, contains 90 student stations where students learn the basic skills required for dental practice. Students work on models to learn techniques in crown and bridge, prosthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, orthodontics, pedodontics, complete and partial dentures, and ceramics. The second, covering approximately 2,541 square feet, is a 40 station computerized dental simulation lab where students enhance and refine the dental skills and techniques necessary to work on patients. Finally, the third lab has 40 stations, covering 1,601 square feet, and is used for Dental Hygiene instruction and Continuing Dental Education courses. The Nursing Lab has approximately 2,700 square feet of space. There are 10 bays with low fidelity mannequins, one high fidelity mannequin with a control room, and a small storage room. Each bay is fully equipped with air, suction, lighting, and other assessment equipment. All mannequins are located on late-model hospital beds allowing students to practice skills and interact with patients utilizing simulation exercises. Other equipment such as patient lifts, a ventilator, and ultrasound equipment are also located in this area and are used by faculty/students in training that simulates a realistic healthcare environment. Pediatric as well as adult instruction is included. Finally, the Department of  Physical Therapy has a dedicated laboratory available on the first floor of the GEB. This area includes two modality labs (45’ x 19”), which are side by side, but separated by a floor to ceiling solid wall; an exercise lab (29’ x 38’); and a storage area (15’ x 38”) for supplies and equipment. The total floor space for the lab area is 3470 square feet. Each modality lab is equipped with 15 - 16 plinths, including eight high-low tables. The exercise lab is equipped with four mat tables, six floor mats, three hospital beds, parallel bars, free weights and other assorted equipment. This amount of space accommodates 30 students per laboratory session. The Department of Physical Therapy also uses the faculty practice facility for some selected laboratory sessions. The faculty practice facility includes a gymnasium (1280 square feet), a plinth treatment area (1452 square feet), and an adult research area (810 square feet). Additional equipment available at the practice facility includes: 2 treadmills, 8 stationary bikes, and a Gait Rite (gait analysis system).

The College of Medicine’s Kaplan Clinical Skills Center, in the 920 Madison Building, supports medical education through standardized patient encounters. Within this center (spanning approximately 11,000 square feet) there are 18 clinical exam rooms, each equipped with two internal video cameras and two computers (one inside the room and one outside the room), three observation rooms (with six stations each, thus allowing for encounters occurring in each room to be separately monitored and evaluated real-time if so desired), and a master control room (with split screen monitors allowing for the simultaneous oversight of encounters occurring in each of the 18 rooms). Encounters are recorded and archived through the use of the B-line Clinical Skills System.

Immediately adjacent to the Kaplan Clinical Skills Center is the Interprofessional Simulation Center of approximately 2560 square feet. This space consists of four dedicated simulation rooms (3 of which are equipped with Human Patient Simulators), three small group debriefing rooms (ranging in capacity from 8 to 24 students), two control rooms (with designated cubicles to control each of the four simulation rooms), and a simulation prep and storage room. In addition, one floor below the Interprofessional Simulation Center is a dedicated training room (of approximately 850 square feet), designed to support skills training using multiple task trainers (e.g., central line trainers, BLS and ACLS trainers) for up to 30 learners.
Located on the 5th floor of the 920 Madison building are six additional patient exam rooms that are used primarily by the College of Nursing but available to all programs through a collaborative agreement with the IPECS office (Interprofessional Education and Clinical Simulation).

At the present time an approximately 45,000 sqaure feet interdisciplinary simulation center is under development for the Memphis campus. The new state-of-the-art facility is being designed to meet the simulation needs of the range of professional programs offered at UTHSC. The facility will include 24 exam rooms, several medium and large multi-purpose rooms, two large skills labs, a simulated home environment, six hospital rooms of varying sizes, a labor and delivery suite, an operating room, and a series of small group debriefing rooms throughout the facility. Each room will have video recording capacity enabling either real-time or after the fact observation of simulated activities to enhance the learning experience. Currently, the site is being prepared through demolition of an existing building (the Feurt Building), with the initiation of construction anticipated by the end of the summer of 2015 for occupancy during the middle of the 2016-2017 academic year.

In Knoxville, medical students have access to the UT Center for Advanced Medical Simulation, a “state of the art” 6500 square feet simulation center offering opportunities to master medical skills using life-size human patient simulators, laparoscopic and endoscopic simulators, and other skills-building models. Medical simulation immerses the learners into an artificial but lifelike medical environment where skills can be learned and practiced with immediate feedback from peer and/or faculty observers or computerized performance metrics integrated into some simulators.

In Chattanooga, physicians and students have access to a state-of-the-art Clinical Skills and Simulation Center that houses both a surgical skills lab and a human patient simulation lab. The Skills Lab has operating rooms, microsurgery rooms, an anatomical study room and a classroom. The adjoining high fidelity human simulation lab is used to teach skills to all health care professionals and students in a team environment. The Center provides four mannequins: adult SimMan 3G, infant, newborn, and female difficult delivery. The lifelike electronically-controlled mannequins used in the simulation lab enable participants to practice integrated medical care. Also, other medical emergencies can be replicated, such as a drug use situation.



Computers & Technology Resources

Information Technology Services (ITS) is the primary resource for information technology on the UTHSC campus. The ITS department is responsible for providing modern and user friendly technology services to the UTHSC campus community and visitors through its seven functional divisions: Computing Systems, Customer Technology Support, Educational Technology, Infrastructure (Networking/Telecommunications), Instructional Technology, IT Security, and Systems Development (Application Development/Web Services).

Students applying to UTHSC programs receive a Net ID and password that provides access to the UTHSC network; and once matriculated, students have access to other ITS services including the Help Desk, a number of software products, wireless access across the campus, audiovisual support in the classrooms, computer training, etc. The ITS department is also responsible for computer security and for compliance with computer use policies.

Commodity Internet access is provided via two redundant and physically separate 200mbs Internet circuits, resulting in a total of 400mbs Commodity Internet bandwidth. As a state entity UTHSC is also a part of the NetTN 100mbs statewide network infrastructure, which provides a failover for Commodity Internet access if needed.

In collaboration with the University of Memphis and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, UTHSC co-founded the Memphis Coalition for Advanced Networking (MCAN), an independent non-profit organization. MCAN provides the three institutions with a 10Gb Metro-Area optical network that provides connectivity to the 10Gb Internet2.

The UTHSC provides for wireless connectivity via approximately 1,000 802.11 b/g/n wireless access points (WAPs) across the campus. The wireless coverage extends to teaching and computer labs, numerous classrooms of various sizes, and large lecture halls and auditoriums. Also included is the Student-Alumni Center, where a variety of sports and recreation facilities reside, as well as sports fields on campus. Overall, wireless connectivity covers an estimated 3.85 million square feet of building space as well as several acres of parks and green spaces to accommodate the increased need for Internet connectivity and on-line content delivery.

The UTHSC provides locations that are permanently equipped with lecture capture and/or video conferencing equipment for classes, meetings, and other presentations. Lecture capture equipment has been installed in 23 locations with associated streaming capabilities, allowing students to review lecture content remotely.

Open Access Labs

The campus provides open-access computer labs within the General Education Building (GEB) in Room B110, Pharmacy 201, Dunn Mail Room (W100) and on the third floor of the Student Alumni Center in room 314. Each computer allows internet access and provides additional programs ranging from word processing to college specific applications. The GEB lab also has a scanner for student users as well as a number of high speed printers. Each student is provided with a quota for free printing each semester (see for more details). Students can also check out lap tops for use while studying in SASSI (Student Academic Support Services and Inclusion), located in the basement of the GEB. A bank of computers is also available within the library.

Computer Testing Labs

The campus provides several facilities for computerized testing including two facilities in the GEB (C109 and B107), as well as facilities in the Pharmacy Building (Room 201) and in the Kaplan Clinical Skills facility (Madison 920, 7th floor).



General Education Building

Cecil C. Humphreys
General Education Building (GEB) Julie Sutch, Director
8 South Dunlap
(901) 448-6960

The Cecil C. Humphreys General Education Building is the primary instructional facility on campus. The building consists of three floors of classroom and laboratory space and is used for instructional activities by all colleges and programs as well as ad hoc events and programs. The building is secured twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week and is accessible to the University community through the ID card reader system located at the major entrances of the building. There are two floors in the “C” wing for independent study; conference rooms around the perimeter of the lecture halls on the 2nd floor may also be used for individual or small group study. Study space is also available in the SASSI located in the basement of the GEB. Bulletin boards are provided throughout the building for posting announcements, posters, flyers or advertisements. Students are asked to refrain from posting any materials on the painted surfaces in the building.

Classes and laboratory sessions are scheduled by the Academic Affairs office of each college. Changes in the class schedule must be coordinated through the GEB scheduling system and accommodated on a space available basis. Details on room and course schedules can be found at; An on-line view of daily schedules for the GEB as well as several other campus facilities is located on the campus web page and can be viewed at the following location:

Study Room Scheduling

Small Group Study Room Reservation Procedure

Students may reserve a 2nd floor conference room for a 24-hour period at the Scheduling Office in the GEB, room CB17. Generally, rooms will be scheduled for the same day and/or next day use. Weekend reservations will be taken beginning on Thursdays. One member of the study group must present an ID badge for inspection at the time of reservation. Telephone reservations WILL NOT be accepted. Conference rooms used as study rooms must be left in ‘classroom ready’ status. Therefore, do not leave any materials in the rooms; if you bring anything in during the time of your reservation, take it out when you leave. Anything left will be removed. Rooms will be reserved on a first come, first served basis under the following priority system:

  1. Lecture/seminar as part of curriculum
  2. Lecture/seminar as enrichment/continuing education
  3. Small group/seminars associated with conferences
  4. Alumni activity
  5. Faculty/administration meetings
  6. Administrative sequestering for repair/cleaning/setup
  7. Student group study

Open Access Study Areas

Study space is located on the 2nd and 3rd floor “C” wing of the General Education Building and is for the use of all students. The rules set forth are based on common courtesy and to the extent possible, will be enforced through the citizenship of all students. Therefore, please observe the following Rules of Conduct:

  1. Study space is available on a first come basis and is limited to one table or one carrel per student. You are welcome to use this study space as long as you like, but this space is only yours while you are physically present.
  2. If you leave the study area to attend classes, eat lunch or pursue other activities, please remove all of your study materials and personal effects so that the area can be used by others.
  3. Bookshelves are available within the study area and these should be used to store your materials when you leave. If you return and find someone using the space that you vacated, please find another open space to study.
  4. With the exception of items left on bookshelves along the wall, all unattended materials will be removed by the custodial staff overnight, usually between 5 and 7 A.M. The material in each carrel area will be collected, photographed and placed in a secure container in a locker. Please print your name on all of your materials to aid in identification and note the carrel number that you were using.
  5. Study areas will be closed for cleaning each week night. The second floor study area will close from 5 A.M. to 6 A.M. and the 3rd floor study area will close from 6 A.M. to 7 A.M. Please use alternative areas during these time periods. Changes to scheduled cleaning/pickup times will be posted in the study areas.
  6. The first ‘retrieval’ of your materials is free, but all subsequent retrievals will cost you $5.00. This fee must be paid in cash before materials can be released. Fees will be collected in Student Life in SAC room 300. Once you have paid your fee, bring your receipt to SASSI (Mon - Thurs from 5-6) or to the Scheduling Office on B level of the GEB (Fridays 4-5). You will need your UTHSC ID.
  7. To retrieve materials that were removed from the study area, please present your UTHSC ID to the work-study student in SASSI between 5 and 6 P.M., Mon-Thurs. He/she will photocopy your ID and provide you with access to your materials. For retrieval on Fridays, present your UTHSC ID at the Scheduling Office (room CB17 - B level GEB across from elevator) between 4 and 5 P.M. This office will have keys to the storage area on Fridays.
  8. Although cameras have been installed in the study areas, the university assumes no responsibility for safeguarding materials that are left unattended; students assume all liability for the potential loss of, or damage to, unattended books/notes and personal effects.
  9. The arrangement of tables and carrels was designed to optimize study space. Do not disassemble, move, or otherwise rearrange the furniture in the study area.
  10. Do not deface/damage the furniture or the walls of the study area. Posters/notices are not allowed in these areas.
  11. Electrical appliances (toasters, heaters, coffee pots, etc.) are not allowed in the study area.
  12. A refrigerator has been provided on each floor for student use. Students are responsible through their class organizations to clean and maintain these refrigerators.
  13. Students should dispose of trash in proper waste receptacles.
  14. Students using these study areas are expected to show courtesy and respect to other students and to university employees.

Student Lockers

All-purpose lockers are located in the General Education Building around the perimeter of the laboratory wing. Several colleges arrange for locker assignment for their students during orientation and locker regulations vary from college to college. If not provided during orientation, students may request a locker at the GEB Scheduling Office, between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday. No deposits are required; however, a fee is assessed for lost keys. All students are required to return locker keys prior to graduation and/or upon request by the GEB staff in the Scheduling Office.

Student Lost & Found

Please contact Campus Police at (901) 448-4444 or the staff in the Scheduling Office located in room CB17. Note, however, if you cannot find items that you left in the open access study area, these items may have been moved to SASSI - see procedure above (open area study space) to retrieve any items that were left in study carrels.

Student Microscopes
Rules for Microscope Usage and Checkout

The University of Tennessee does not require students to come to campus with personal microscopes. Instruments are provided for classroom instruction in the GEB.

  1. Microscopes are placed in the laboratory rooms for your convenience and to expedite the lab sessions. No microscope should be removed from the laboratory rooms without approval from the lab manager.
  2. Help maintain the microscopes by protecting them from dust and using lens paper to wipe off any immersion oil on the objectives. In the case of oil, less is better.
  3. There are two ways to utilize microscopes after hours:
    1. If a student wishes to stay in the laboratory room when the lab staff leaves at 5:00 P.M., they may continue to use microscopes in the room. The staff will get the student’s name and the student will be responsible for closing the outer lab doors when they leave and insuring the doors are secured.
    2. If overnight checkout is desired, students should come to room B238 and present their UTHSC identification card. Microscopes are due back from overnight checkout no later than 8:00 A.M. the next school day. If a microscope is checked out, students should not trust someone else to return the instrument that has been checked out in their name as the microscope is still their legal responsibility. A student may be charged with the cost of replacing the microscope if lost.

Classroom Support

Classroom support services are provided by engineering and scheduling staff to assist faculty, staff and students as necessary. Assistance is provided in the use of the campus instructional facilities and operation of the sophisticated technology located in the rooms, as well as distribution of classroom materials and a variety of other activities needed to insure smooth operation of the curricular and ad hoc activities that take place within the building.

Lecture halls and small classrooms are unlocked each morning and are locked at the end of scheduled activities. In addition to providing video conference and distance education support, the engineering staff will monitor the classrooms on an hourly/daily basis and resolve any complaints or problems to insure that classroom equipment is in proper working order. If any urgent classroom problems arise during a class, the phone located in the front of the lecture halls is a direct line to the Scheduling Center which is staffed Monday - Friday from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. To schedule space, request services, report problems or to check out equipment, please contact (901) 448-6960.

Student Training Laboratories

Instructional Laboratories located in the GEB include:

  Cytotechnology Laboratory B328 and B140
  Dental Technique and Dentsim Laboratory B317 and B336
  Nursing Laboratory B355
  Pharmacy Technique Laboratory B301
  Physical Therapy Laboratory B101




Campus Recreation and Fitness Center

Campus Recreation Office 312 Student Alumni Center
Campus Rec Main Line: (901) 448-5069
Front Desk (901) 448-5973

Campus Recreation Programs:

Fitness & Wellness

The Fitness and Wellness Program offers a wide selection of activities to promote interest in physical activity and lifetime fitness. Fitness assessment services provide guidance and direction for those wishing to monitor their fitness-related goals and are available to all students, faculty, and staff of the University. Personal Trainers are available to all members for a small fee. In addition to the weight, cardio, and flexibility rooms there are a variety of Group Classes available at noon and 5:30 P.M., free to members.

Intramural Sports and Activities

The Intramural Program provides a variety of recreational opportunities in team, dual, and individual activities. The program helps to relieve stress, increase interaction among students, provide exercise and introduce lifelong recreational activities. Intramural Sports provide an avenue for athletes to continue sporting activities in a recreational setting and introduces the fun of sports and other activities to those who have not had the opportunity to participate previously.

Instructional Programs

Instructional Programs are a wonderful chance for students to release stress while learning a skill or activity that can be carried through life and help keep one healthy. A nominal fee is charged for some of these programs. Currently programs are offered in martial arts (fee) and swimming (fee). We are constantly seeking to provide opportunities that will satisfy diverse interests. If you are proficient in an area and would like to instruct a program in that field or know of someone who would, stop by the Student Recreation Center and let us know.

Outdoor Adventures & Equipment Rental

The Mid-south area and bordering states offer a wide range of outdoor opportunities to meet the needs of any enthusiast. Trips are usually short and within 2 hours driving time. We have a strong relationship with the Wolf River Conservancy and join efforts for several paddling excursions. UTHSC Outdoor Adventures provides rental gear for many of your water sports needs along with camping and backpacking equipment. A list of available rental gear can be viewed at


The aquatics program consists of open swim, Masters Swim and the “swim school” program. Whether you are looking for recreational swimming or a competitive program, the aquatics program has something for you from novice to advance. The “swim school” program is open for children and adults and membership is not required. Masters swimming is a registered program of USA Swimming and a small fee does apply.


Indoor Facilities

The Student Recreation Center and SAC house a 2-court gymnasium, two locker rooms, an indoor lap pool, a whirlpool, two racquetball courts, three aerobics/instructional exercise studios, a bouldering wall, a weight and cardiovascular room with circuit machines, free weights, and complete cardio-vascular conditioning lines.


Monday-Friday: 5:30 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.
Saturday: 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Sunday: 1:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.

Racquetball Courts and Reservation System

Two racquetball courts are located on the main level of the Student Recreation Center. Racquetball courts are reserved on the day of play only. Reservations can be made in person or by calling (901) 448- 5973. Reservations can be made any time the Recreation Center is open. Reservations expire 15 minutes after the reserved time, after which the court may be claimed by another player. While reservations are not required they are recommended to guarantee an available court. Protective eye guards are recommended and only court shoes are to be worn (no black soled-marking shoes).

Climbing Wall

A bouldering wall is located on the main level of the Student Recreation Center. Climbing shoes and chalk are available for checkout. All users must sign-in at the front desk and complete appropriate paperwork.


The gymnasium is available for use most of the day for basketball, volleyball, and other activities. It is closed to free play during intramural activities. Equipment is available during open hours at the front desk. Equipment may be checked out for use outside the facility as well (footballs, soccer balls, softballs and bats, volleyball and net, badminton racquets, birdies, and net). An ID is required for checking out all equipment. All lost or damaged equipment is the renter’s responsibility.


The indoor pool is 25 yards in length with five lanes. All individuals are required to shower prior to using the pool.

Canoes, kayaks, and scuba tanks are not allowed in the pool, except during scheduled classes. Locker rooms for both men and women are located adjacent to the pool

Fitness Center

Free weights (including Olympic platforms), plate loaded machines, selectorized machines, and cardiovascular workout equipment including treadmills, elliptical trainers, stair climbers, rowers, stationary bikes, AMT’s and virtual bikes are available for use to members 17 years of age and over.

Outdoor Facilities

The outdoor facility, “Doc’s Field”, is located south of the Dunn Dental Building. This area provides a lighted multipurpose playing field, jogging track, sand volleyball court, tennis courts, a grill and pavilion. The Doc’s Field archway at the northeast corner of the field is the main entrance. The Student Recreation Center staff and Campus Police reserve the right to ask participants for proper identification at any time while using the facility. The outdoor facility can be reserved for individual team or group usage with approval by the Student Recreation Center Director. This area is set up on a first come, first served basis. Special programs and scheduled intramural games will take priority. To maintain the quality of the intramural fields and for the safety of participants, steel cleated shoes may not be worn. The Doc’s Field Pavilion houses rest rooms, water fountain, phone, and picnic tables. If your group wishes to reserve the Pavilion for a cook out, contact the Student Recreation Center Office at 901-448-5069. No vehicles are allowed on the field, No alcoholic beverages are allowed at any time. No golf practicing on the fields or pets please, as these may make the ground unsafe for the other recreational activities that take place on the field and present a safety hazard.


Library and Biocommunications Center - Memphis Campus

Thomas A. Singarella, Ph.D.
Professor and Director
Lamar Alexander Building, 2nd Floor 877
Madison Avenue
448-5634, Toll-free (877) 747-0004


The mission of the Health Sciences Library and Biocommunications Center is to provide an environment conducive to student learning and the biomedical information resources necessary for teaching, research, service, and patient care and to support efforts to improve the health of Tennesseans.

The Health Sciences Library serves as a resource library for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and as a major health sciences resource library within local, state, and regional consortia and networks. All units are located in the Lamar Alexander Building.

The Health Sciences Library supports the instructional, research, and clinical care programs of UTHSC through a collection of journals, monographs, audiovisuals, online databases, and multimedia.

Library Hours

Regular Hours (August to May)
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 A.M. - 12:00 A.M.
Friday: 8:00 A.M. - 11:00 P.M.
Saturday: 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Sunday: 2:00 P.M. - 12:00 A.M.

May 1-29: open 24/7, staffed by UTHSC security after library staff depart. 

Summer Hours (June and July)
Monday- Friday: 8:00 A.M.- 10:00 P.M.
Saturday: 8:00 A.M.- 5:00 P.M.
Sunday: 2:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.

The library is closed on major holidays. Notices announcing upcoming changes in hours are posted on the library home page at


The library holds 7,727 current print and electronic periodical titles, 1,641 e-book titles, 120,961 bound volumes, and 50 databases. Virtually all of the library resources can be accessed by UTHSC faculty, staff, and students with a UTHSC Net ID and password. The reserve collection includes print and non-print resources. Leisure reading areas and historical materials are also available.

Loan Periods

  • Books: 4 weeks, 2 renewals allowed
  • Journals, Bound volumes: 1 week, 2 renewals allowed
  • Journals, Unbound issues: 1 day, no renewals
  • Audiovisual Materials: 1 week, 2 renewals allowed
  • Reserve Materials, Examinations: Noncirculating
  • Reserve Materials, Instructor study guides: Noncirculating
  • Reserve Materials, Books: 2 hours in-library use (after 4:00 P.M., most books may go out until 10:00 A.M. the next morning), no renewals


  • A fine of 50 cents a day is charged for each book or bound journal not returned on the date due; $1 per day is charged for unbound journals.
  • Reserve books not returned by 10:00 A.M., the next day carry a fine of $1 for the first hour and 50 cents for every hour thereafter until returned.
  • The fine for study carrel keys is $5 per day.When fines have accumulated to $10, borrowing privileges are suspended until fines are paid.

Damage to books and journals beyond reasonable wear and all losses should be reported to the library by the borrower. Arrangements will then be made for the borrower to pay for repair or replacement of the material.

Photocopying in the Library

Computers in the research alcove, Media Lab, and Electronic Classroom are configured so that current UTHSC students can print using the printing quota/balance system already available in the GEB and SAC computer labs. For information on your free quota, see In addition, a high quality scanner with automatic document feeder is available free of charge that will save documents to a flash drive or as an attachment by email.

Printer Locations

One printer is located on the 2nd floor and one in the research alcove. A second printer can be found in the Electronic Classroom for use with the classroom computers. 

Interlibrary Loans

Books, book chapters, and journal articles not located in the Health Sciences Library can be ordered through interlibrary loan (ILL). Details related to process, turnaround time, and cost of obtaining information through an ILL can be found at

Computer Searches

The library offers a wide range of databases; see for the most current listing. The most popular databases include PubMed, UpToDate, CINAHL, ClinicalKey, Cochrane Library, EMBASE, Journal Citation Report, Joanna Briggs EBP, Lexicomp, Micromedex, PsycINFO, Scopus, and Web of Science. These databases are available from the Popular Resources tab on the library’s home page. All electronic resources can be accessed onsite or remotely by UTHSC faculty, staff, and students from any computer with Internet access. Access is through the library’s website ( The NCBI Entrez databases (including PubMed/MEDLINE) provide genome sequence searches. The library subscribes to over 1500 full-text electronic books from ClinicalKey, STAT!Ref Nursing Collection, Books@Ovid, AccessMedicine, EBSCO, and the R2 Library. A complete listing of available e-books can be found at An A-Z e-journal list provides access to 7727 online titles, while the Journal Search feature in the online catalog continues to provide access to all titles with their print and online holdings easily identified. The library also provides online access to chemical databases, SciFinder Scholar and Reaxys. Download and installation instructions can be found on the library’s website. In addition to these databases readily available to the campus, the library’s reference librarians can also assist with literature searches. Search requests can be made through the online request form at: or by calling (901) 448-5404 or (877) 747-0004 (toll-free).

Computers for Use in the Library

The library currently has 17 computers, in addition to 7 circulating iPads and 17 circulating laptops (PC and Mac).

After the renovation, the library will maintain 23 computers (Macintosh and Windows operating systems) in addition to laptops and iPads for UTHSC student, faculty, staff, and public use. 

Study Rooms and Carrels

The library currently has 16 small group student study rooms on the second and third floors, which are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Locked study carrels on the fourth floor may be reserved on a monthly basis at the information desk. 

After the renovation, individual locked study rooms on the fifth floor may also be reserved for one month at a time with renewals if there is no waiting list. Carrels are assigned at the Circulation Desk. 

Student Break Room

The library has a student break room on the third floor with vending machines, a small refrigerator, coffee maker, microwave, and seating. Additional study and break areas will also be available on the 5th floor of the library. 

Instructional and Special Services

Instruction is provided for library patrons on request. Classes provide information as to the use of print and non-print resources, searches of library databases, managing resource materials, and the research process. Visit the Instructional Services website at

Organized tours and orientations of the library (including a brief demonstration of the library’s website) are offered to new students, staff, and faculty. The library’s website describes the workshops and provides registration information. Instruction is available for faculty, students, and staff on databases and other library resources in specific subject areas.

Electronic Classroom

During the renovation, the Electronic Classroom provides 6 workstations. Library faculty members will use it to teach students and others to search electronic information resources.

When the classroom is not being used for library instruction, other faculty may schedule the room for instruction, or students may use it on an individual basis. It is equipped with Macintosh hardware that will support Apple operating systems, which will run graphics, word processing, and multiple web browsers (Firefox, Chrome, and Safari). Lock down browser will be available for testing purposes. The PC operating system will be installed after the renovation along with lock down browsers for testing purposes. After the renovation, there will be 12 workstations for classroom use.

Media Lab

Learning Commons

The self-service Learning Commons area is a computer-based, media resources room that will house the library’s audiovisual reserve materials, including anatomical models, computer-based  instruction,  videotapes, CDs, DVDs, and 35mm slide sets in a suite adjacent to the main reading room. Students will be able to use audiovisual material in the Media Lab or the audiovisual study rooms on the 3rd floor of the library. The lab is open during regular library hours with card reader access.


Memphis Library Service Numbers

Administration: (901) 448-5638
Business Office: (901) 448-6312
Circulation Desk: (901) 448-5634
Director’s Office: (901) 448-5694
Electronic and Collection Services: (901) 448-7599
Historical Collections: (901) 448-6053
Instructional Services: (901) 448-4759
Interlibrary Loan/Photocopy: (901) 448-5168
Reference and Outreach Services: (901) 448-5404

Library Services for Communities Other Than Memphis

Preston Medical Library & Library Resource Center - Knoxville

Sandy Oelschlegel, MLIS, AHIP
Library Director/Associate Professor

UT Medical Center 1924 Alcoa Highway
Knoxville, Tennessee 37920-6999
(865) 305-9525
Fax: (865) 305-9527

Students in Knoxville can access the Preston Medical Library at UT Medical Center. A list of services and resources provided can be viewed at

The library has four faculty librarians and numerous experienced staff to assist with use of learning resources. The library is open to everyone during staffed hours for in-house use of print materials and electronic resources. Most materials may be checked out for two weeks. The library is located adjacent to the hospital and the Graduate School of Medicine and College of Pharmacy. The library’s collection also includes exam review materials and College of Pharmacy texts. Students can use two study rooms and a quiet study floor.

Regular Library Hours:

8:30 am
8:30 am
8:30 am
8:30 am
8:30 am
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Closings for holidays will be posted in advance. In the event of inclement weather, the Preston Medical Library follows the policy of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

After-hours access is available to UTHSC students, residents, faculty and staff, and to physicians, nurses, and other approved UT Medical Center employees with UT Medical Center badges. Those eligible for access must bring their identification badge to the library to be registered.

19 computers are available for clientele, including patient families and the general public. A clinical computer lab is limited to health professionals and health professional students. Wireless access is available in the library for those with laptops and mobile devices. For more information on the acceptable use of computers in the library, the library’s computer use policy is posted on the website.

UTHSC students and faculty can also access all of the electronic resources provided in Memphis using their net ID and login information. For off-campus use of Preston Medical Library electronic resources, students and faculty can register from the library’s website. The library provides a variety of subject guides to support curriculum at UTHSC in Knoxville. Please call or email the library for more information.

UTK Library

Students in the Audiology and Speech Pathology program, which is physically located on the UTK campus, have full access to the UTK library. See for details regarding services and hours of operation.

Erlanger Medical Library

Rachel Bohannon, Manager
Phone: (423) 778-7498

Access: Students in Chattanooga have access to the Erlanger Medical Library.

Hours: 8AM - 4 PM; after-hour access requires advanced arrangement

Collections include a wide range of textbooks as well as print journals, many of which are also available electronically

Students in Chattanooga also have access to the electronic collections offered through the library in Memphis which can be accessed using students’ Net IDs and passwords.



Student Alumni Center

Lynn Ivy, Manager
800 Madison Avenue
(901) 448-5525

The Wassell Randolph Student Alumni Center, commonly called the SAC, is located on Madison Avenue between the Fitness Center Building and the old Randolph Residence Hall building (scheduled for demolition to allow for expansion of the facility). The SAC provides meeting spaces for departments and student groups along with limited audio/visual support [upgrades for the latter should be completed soon]. A comfortable student lounge is available on the second floor of the SAC and a student game room is located opposite the Fitness Center on the ground floor. Students can also use meeting rooms after hours to study.

Rooms are also available for rental to external organizations and individuals with the appropriate liability insurance. Reservation for rooms is required and can be arranged by calling 901-448-5614. Table and chair rental is also available for campus events only.

Louis Patterson, Conference Specialist
Manages table/chair rental and audio/visual support.

Contact Mr. Patterson at or by calling 901-448-8767. Contact Mr. Ivy at or by calling 901-448- 5525. The hours of operation of the SAC are 8:00AM to 5:00PM, Monday through Friday. 24 hour access to the SAC building is available by card access for those with valid UT ID badges.