The Texas Medical Center is home to the largest concentration of medical professional and experts anywhere in the world. Collectively, the Texas Medical Center is the largest employer in Houston. The most recent figures show that there are currently 49,000 life science students studying at TMC institutions and an additional 5,700 researchers with an additional 17,500 faculty who educate the next generation of health professionals. Critically, the Library plays a vital role for the educational, research and healthcare institutions who inhabit the 1,345 square acre campus that is the TMC.
The TMC Library is one of the many institutions that make up the Texas Medical Center. Unique to medical and research libraries across the country, the TMC Library is a private, stand-alone and not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization independent from any university or research institution. Approximately 80,000 visitors walk through the Library doors annually.
As the only organization in the TMC serving all other member institutions, the Library is the most inclusive and collaborative space on campus. We provide a depth and breadth of electronic resources that rival other medical libraries, and we do so as cost efficiently as possible. We are a quiet space for study, and provide communal space for collaborative science to take place on neutral ground.
In fact, the Library’s a great value because:
- It provides information researchers need to write grant proposals that fund cutting-edge research and scientific discovery.
- It provides the latest medical information physicians readily need to make better, faster diagnoses.
- It provides students with the information, resources and space they need to learn and succeed.
- It is essential for institutional accreditation with SACS, LCME, and JCAHO.
- As a consortial library, it saves the institutions of the TMC millions of dollars annually were they to have their own, independent libraries with the same breadth and depth of resources.
Everyone, regardless of institution affiliation, benefits from the Library. For the general public, it’s a great place to research consumer related health issues through verifiable resources. Visit our Get a Library Card page to learn how to access our resources.
The official name of the Library is “The Houston Academy of Medicine – Texas Medical Center Library.” The TMC Library is organized as an extension under the Houston Academy of Medicine headquartered at 1515 Hermann Dr., sharing the same tax ID and reporting forms (990’s). The TMC Library is located at 1133 John Freeman Blvd., conveniently situated between the two major medical schools on campus, and employs a full-functioning administrative and executive staff. The Library operates as the “The TMC Library” under a DBA.
Vital to Success
“The Library is extremely valuable. It’s essential to our basic work. It’s a key factor in our accreditation and in us being able to maintain excellence vs. mediocrity.”
-Dr. Patricia Starck, Dean of the School of Nursing at UTHealth
“The Library is a source of support for Baylor that drives our engine and that cannot be denied.”
-Lynn C. Yeoman, PhD, Director of UME Office & ERC, Professor of Pharmacology, Baylor College of Medicine