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Friends of the TMC Library

The TMC Library is a private, stand-alone and not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization independent from any one university or research institution. Unique to medical and research libraries across the country, it is the only library in the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries that reports to a separate governing board and draws its funding from several non-related academic, health and research institutions.

The Library is a distinctive consortium with authority vested in a Board of Directors comprised of appointed representatives from six governing institutions of the TMC. An additional seven supporting organizations are non-governing members of the Library.

Friends of The TMC Library

The Library, as a free-standing member of the TMC, operates under bylaws and operating agreements to which the Governing Institutions are parties. The Board of Directors is the Library’s governing body and appoints and empowers the Executive Director with rights and responsibilities for the operations of the Library.

In addition, the Library is required for accreditation by the accrediting bodies which oversee the teaching curriculum of the educational institutions of the TMC.


The mission of The Friends of The Texas Medical Center (TMC) Library is to support and promote the Library.


  • Increase public awareness of the Library
  • Support the Library’s plan to collect, provide and conserve bio-medical information
  • Raise money for the Library
  • Serve in an advisory capacity to the Library
  • Support

The Friends provide meaningful financial support to the Library. Recent gifts include:

  • Honorariums for speakers for the Memorial of the Nuclear Age three-day conference
  • Funding for webinar training
  • Funding for staff development


The Friends of the TMC Library is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. All donations to the Friends organization are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.


Governed by a Board of Directors composed of community volunteers, the Friends of the Texas Medical Center Library Board has an outstanding representation of medical, academic, and business professionals. The Friends meet every other month throughout the year.

Become a Member of the Friends of The TMC Library

Individuals, medical associations and societies, hospitals, corporations and foundations are invited to become members of the Friends, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Since 2006, the Friends have provided $270,000 for books and journals in the Library’s collection, public health information, lectures, staff development and the Library’s capital campaign.

Board of Directors FY 2024

  • John E. Wolf, Jr., MD, MA, President
  • Adrian Melissinos, PhD, RN, Vice President
  • Lynn C. Yeoman, PhD, Treasurer
  • Jennifer M. Bell, BSc Eng, MBA
  • Judy Blissard, JD
  • Eugene V. Boisaubin, MD, FACP
  • Shanna Doucet, RN, MBA
  • Carolyn Moody Drake, BSNRN, RN
  • Stephen B. Greenberg, MD, MACP
  • Christine Waller Manca, MA, BA
  • Janet Mehlhoff
  • Shirley Margaret Morrison, PhD, RN
  • Arlo Weltge, MD, MPH, FACEP