Gifts to the TMC Library can be directed to a specific purpose or used for the greatest area of need.
Your gift advances education, research and clinical practice in medicine, the biological sciences, and public health. With your gift, you ensure access to the world’s best biomedical literature for faculty, students, researchers and health professionals who rely on this information to fuel innovation and knowledge creation.
Our Collections fuel learning and research
The Internet may have revolutionized scholarship, but there is one thing scholars cannot do without: the specialized collections and selective academic content that enable research and constitute a Library. As the digital future evolves and research and learning methods change with it, the need to maintain a significant library collections – in print and online – must remain a priority for a truly great health sciences center.
Amazing gems of rare books, photos, artworks, personal papers, institutional records, medical related artifacts and manuscripts lie hidden in the McGovern archives. Take part in expanding access to the Center’s notable collections, or adopt a rare book for conservation.
The Library strives to retain and cultivate an exemplary cadre of librarians, technologists and other dedicated professionals. They acquire and license print and digital content and help people access it. They develop and support search-and-discovery applications to simplify the workflow of clinicians, researchers and students. Our librarians make the Library work for you by providing instruction, curriculum development, research and applications.
Innovations in Technology
The TMC Library continues to make serious investments in technology for accessing the millions of publications that faculty and researchers rely upon. Easy access is available to our users through our host servers, and it’s available to them on any device, anytime and anywhere in the world. Given the scope of dependence upon the virtual world and online access to electronic publishing, the Library is the vital portal linking that world to our users by way of our indispensable technology.
The Permanent Fund
The building of a permanent fund will create a future pool of funds for long-term support of the Library, help underwrite critical but narrowly used publications, help the library attract the best and the brightest, meet unexpected contingencies, and take advantage of opportunities when they arise.
Today’s most significant advances rarely occur in yesterday’s buildings – and that applies to Libraries as well. Libraries across the country are being reconfigured into highly functional and inviting spaces for study and collaborative science. The library is uniquely positioned to foster collaboration among TMC institutions and bring together scholars, researchers, educators and students working together on shared projects in a shared, neutral space.
Medical Ethics Series
The Medical Ethics Series is sponsored by The TMC Library and the UTHealth McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics. Each year since 2006, scholarly speakers from here and around the country, including Holocaust survivors, religious leaders, authors and activists, have given lectures, led discussions, and recounted their memoirs on a wide variety of topics from Euthanasia to Eugenics to Atomic Warfare. Additionally, the library sponsors traveling exhibits from national and local museums on relevant topics of interest to the community.
Women in Medicine History Preservation Project
The Texas Medical Center – Women’s History Project recognizes women who have made contributions in the fields of public health, medical and nursing education and scientific research during the early days of the Texas Medical Center. The efforts of these pioneering women helped advance the status of women in medicine, and paved the way for new generations of women scientists. The project will preserve their oral histories and materials in our archives for future scholars to study.
“The Library provides the back-ground information I need to procure teaching materials, do searches and design research.” ~ The TMC Library Communications Survey Respondent. Dec. 2012