The Personal Librarian Program is designed to introduce students entering the College of Medicine to the collections and services of the Harriet F. Ginsburg Health Sciences Library. During orientation, each first year student will be matched with a Health Sciences Librarian who will work with students throughout their first two years at the COM. The librarians will serve as an individual point of contact for the library and will provide students with information about events of interest, new services, research databases and information tools. The librarians will help with any academic work involving the library and its collections, study spaces and/or staff.

The Personal Librarian is a student’s go-to person for any questions about the Library in general or about research needs in particular.

You are also encouraged to contact your PL with any questions you have about your research or the Library (of course, please feel free to contact any library staff member — you are not limited to consulting with just your PL!) How often you choose to avail yourself of your PL is entirely up to you. We will remain your PL throughout your program at the COM so take the time to get to know us.

What can your Personal Librarian do for you?

  • Keep you informed with periodic e-mail messages highlighting resources and programs
  • Answer your questions about Library services, like borrowing laptops, citing sources, and requesting materials from other libraries
  • Assist you with your research assignments by helping you identify the best sources and formulate search strategies
  • Support you even when you’re not on campus—for example if you’re on break and need help searching for articles
  • Help you when you don’t know where to start or can’t think of what to do next!


Who is my Personal Librarian?

To find out who your personal Librarian is, please stop by our front desk and ask our library staff.