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Library and Electronic Resources Access

Inside the Library
Visitors to the Library have access to all of the Library’s electronic resources. Visitors not affiliated with a TMC institution must visit the Circulation desk to be verified and issued a pass.

Remote Access

Academic users (with .edu email addresses) must register for online access to remotely access the Library’s e-resources. The entire process generally takes a few minutes.

Use your library login in to access online resources.  Full use of some databases requires you  to set up an additional log-in specific to that database. See database descriptions in the Databases list for information if you have a problem with set-up, or contact us for help.

If you are affiliated with more than one TMC institution, please register using your academic credentials to gain full access to all e-resources.


Academic Users 

Academic users may access the Library’s electronic resources from any location using your library log-in. Affiliated Texas Medical Center academic institutions are:

  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • HCC Coleman College for Health Sciences
  • Prairie View A&M University College of Nursing
  • Texas Southern University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
  • Texas Woman’s University – Institute of Health Sciences, Houston Center
  • UTHealth- All Institutions
  • UT MD Anderson Cancer Center (includes Texas Heart Institute)
  • University of Houston College of Optometry
  • University of Houston College of Pharmacy

Other Registered Users and the Public

Other registered users and the public have limited remote access to the Library’s electronic resources. Open-access e-journals, databases and websites that are free to the Library are available for accessing remotely. Academic resources that are restricted may be accessed by anyone visiting the Library in person.


Free and Open-Access Resources

The TMC Library provides links to a selective and expanding collection of authoritative free and open-access journals, databases, and websites/web applications. We also link to resources in general sciences, education, and reference. Click the links below to view these collections.

About Open-Access Journals

Tips to help you locate free, reputable online articles:

  • Search PubMed. Click article titles in search results to view abstracts. Check for a Free Article logo at right – numerous open-access journals are indexed for PubMed, and the number of free articles available in subscription journals is increasing. Many of the free articles cited in PubMed/Medline are in PubMed Central and BioMed Central.
  • View the Open-Access Journals within our list of databases.
  • The Online Journals & Books page, commonly referred to as the A-Z List, offers search options by title or title word, medical subject heading (MeSH), or by publisher/provider collection.

Free/Open-Access Databases
To find free databases, select the sorting option “free” or “open access”; browse alphabetically, enter a keyword, or choose from an existing record’s keywords to generate a list of related resources. Many free resources may be of interest to various academic or consumer groups. Some databases require you to register to get full access to all features.

Websites and Web Applications
Content of most websites offered on the Library’s site is free.  Browse alphabetically, enter a keyword in the search box, or click a keyword in one of the records for a list of related websites.