The Science-Health Science Library (SHSL) provides access to a full-service circulation point: return and renew most library materials from any University Libraries location, pick up books on hold and recalled books, and find out library account information.

Collections

The collections maintained by the SHSL include:

  • About 3,000 reference and circulating books
  • The past 4 years plus the current year of over 80 scientific journal titles; earlier volumes located in Bracken on 2nd floor West
  • 19 human anatomy models & charts
  • A small but select collection of DVDs

Suggestions for developing the collection to provide the most recent and significant literature in the science fields are always welcome. It is easiest to make suggestions by emailing the Science Librarian (Kevin E. Brooks) or using the Book Suggestion form.

Services

Full-service Circulation Point

The Science-Health Science Library provides access to a full-service circulation point: return and renew most library materials from any University Libraries location, pick up books on hold and recalled books, receive guest accounts, and find out account information.  See University Libraries' Main Circulation web page for more information on borrowing privileges, fine and cost policies, etc.

Public computer stations & wireless access

The SHSL has 15 public computer stations and 2 color flatbed scanners for academic research, word processing, creation of spreadsheets and multimedia presentations, statistical analysis, and other academic pursuits.  Use the Software Locator to find out if University Libraries has an application you need and from which computer stations it is available. A wireless network node in the SHSL allows access to the internet by any Z39.50 protocol compliant wireless device. Users need to have a Ball State username and password to access the internet. Guest accounts cannot be used in the SHSL and can only be obtained in Bracken Library.

Course reserves

Materials needed for specific courses may be placed on reserve in the SHSL in both print and electronic formats. Materials owned by either faculty or the libraries may be placed on reserve following copyright law. More information on course reserves can be found on the Course Reserves web page.

Electronic Journals

Access online articles from hundreds of electronic journal titles via the Electronic Journals link (see E-Journals) or the Databases link (see Science Databases) on the University Libraries's main page or through individual periodical title records in CardCat.

Photocopier/Scanner/Color Printer

The self-service photocopier accepts cash ($0.10 per copy) from nickels to $5 bills and copy cards ($0.06 per copy). Copy cards preloaded with $0.60 may be purchased at Bracken Library, the Architecture Library, and the SHSL from the Science Librarian. The SHSL is not able to provide change.

Materials can be scanned at no cost but a flash drive or SD card is required.

PDFs may also be printed from flash drives or SD cards but it costs $0.25 per page with or without a copy card.

Quiet Study Area

The SHSL has seating for over 40 people at study tables, individual study carrels, and soft, upholstered chairs in a quiet setting free from distractions. Maximum occupancy is 71 people.