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Schaffer Library of Health Sciences


The Library's collection supports the education, research and patient care initiatives of the Albany Medical Center. As part of the Library's strategic plan, it provides dynamic, multi-format resources and knowledge-based information that supports and anticipates the educational, research, clinical and management needs of its customers. The building houses over 150,000 volumes and more than 2,700 journal titles with a significant number of online subscriptions, including online databases, journals, books, and media programs.

Computer Resources
Ten computers on the first floor are available for faculty, staff, student, and public use. Also on the first floor, a 20-seat computer lab is open to Albany Medical College students and residents. The Winifred M. Pitkin, MD and George P. Pitkin, MD Learning Laboratory, opened its doors in September 2005 and was made possible by a generous contribution from Mr. George M. Pitkin in memory of his parents and in honor of his father's graduation from Albany Medical College in 1908. 

The 5th floor Independent Learning Center (ILC), dedicated to R. Foster Scott, M.D., houses 38 computers, 25 of which are located in the multimedia instruction lab. 5th floor study rooms are equipped with audio-visual equipment for viewing multi-media materials. 

A reference librarian is available to find answers to specific questions, provide assistance with searching the biomedical literature and offer guidance in using library resources. Reference service is available Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Requests are also accepted by e-mail at library@mail.amc.edu or by phone at 518-262-5532.

Educational sessions and web-based tutorials are available to faculty, students, and staff. Sessions can be customized to meet your informational needs. Librarians will meet with you in the Library or in your office or work setting. Customized individual or group educational sessions or library tours are available upon request for AMC faculty, staff, and students. Patient and consumer health groups may also inquire about having a librarian develop tailored educational sessions for meetings by contacting 518-262-5532 or library@mail.amc.edu .

Request It!
AMC faculty, staff, and students can request journal articles, books and other library materials online at http://cdlc-amc.cdlc.org/illiad/logon.html . There is no fee for this service but registration is required. Requested articles usually arrive within 1 to 3 days; requested books usually arrive within 5 to 7 days.

The Library participates in the National Library of Medicine's Loansome Doc program. The Library provides fee-based document delivery service to individuals within the healthcare field without easy access to a health sciences library. Registration and deposit account are required. For more information contact 518-262-5569.

History of Medicine Room
The Emerson C. Kelly History of Medicine Room contains rare and historical editions of medical texts. It also contains the catalogs of the Albany Medical College from 1838 to the present, the complete run of the Albany Medical Annals, and other historical artifacts from Albany Medical College. Material in the History of Medicine Room is available for use by appointment: 518-262-5532.

The Archives contains historic primary documents from Albany Medical College, Albany Medical Center Hospital, Albany Medical Center and the Albany Medical Center School of Nursing. Non-academic records of Albany Medical College alumni and rosters of faculty members are included. Material in the archives is available for use by appointment, Monday-Wednesday: 518-262-5810.

Visit the Albany Medical Center Archives