Why Your Gift to HSLIC Is Vital

Student StudyingYour gift to the Health Sciences Library and Informatics
Center (HSLIC) will help the library improve health care in
New Mexico through our two primary areas of focus:

  • Library resources and IT services for UNM’s Health Sciences Center community (School of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy and allied health programs)
  • Health care information and outreach to New Mexico’s health care practitioners and citizens

We appreciate your gift, in any amount, for these efforts. We will use your donation wisely to support the services we provide to HSC students, faculty and researchers and to New Mexico citizens. To make your donation, please fill out our secure online donation form.

Read about HSLIC’s Accomplishments

To find out what we are working on now, read the latest issue of our bimonthly newsletter, adobe medicus.


If you have questions about a donation, please get in touch with the library's development contact, Libbye Morris, at LAMorris@salud.unm.edu or (505) 272-6975. Thank you for your interest in, and support of, HSLIC.

Targeted Giving Options

If you would like to target your gift toward a specific type of outreach or program, please consider the different types of impact your gift can make:

▼ Celebrate your legacy

HSLIC Endowments

Hand stacking coinsAn endowment is a type of gift that supports students, faculty and programs over an extended period. HSLIC invests the principal of the gift and uses a portion of the return each year to support the school, college or program that you designate for your gift. By establishing a HSLIC endowment in your name or the name of a loved one, you will be supporting health care providers who depend on HSLIC’s library and technology services. Annual payouts from your endowment will fund much-needed initiatives that we would not be able to afford otherwise.

Your donation will:

  • Demonstrate your commitment to HSLIC's mission and initiatives.
  • Continue your legacy of support for our future health care providers for many years to come
  • Allow HSLIC to plan more confidently for the future.

Read about HSLIC's three endowments.  

To establish an endowment, please contact Dr. Holly Buchanan, HSLIC's Executive Director, at (505) 272-0634 or HBuchanan@salud.unm.edu.

▼ Help HSLIC maintain our educational resources

Library Materials

HSLIC recognizes the importance of journal, book and material donations that fill gaps in our collections. Gifts that are timely in content and/or relevant to the library’s mission can provide depth to the collections and may replace missing or damaged volumes. However, due to the labor-intensive nature of gift processing and University-imposed funding constraints, the library must be very judicious in its acceptance of gifts.

Learn what types of donations we can accept and how to make a donation.

Your donation will:

  • Strengthen our collections and fill in gaps.
  • Replace missing or damaged volumes.

Donate to the Library Materials program [Online]

Hospital Ward at Valmora Ranch Sanatorium, ca. 1915

This photo, titled “Hospital Ward at Valmora Ranch
Sanatorium, ca. 1915, is from the Valmora Industrial
Sanatorium Collection, which is housed in HSLIC’s
New Mexico Health Historical Collection.

Books of Honor

A special program within the HSLIC Collections Fund, “Books of Honor” is a way for donors to pay tribute to a special person or to celebrate a milestone event by donating $150 to purchase a commemorative book for the HSLIC collection. A bookplate inscribed with your name and the honoree’s name will be placed inside the front cover of each new book.

Your donation will:

  • Honor a graduate, loved one, friend, colleague, professor or parent.
  • Contribute to the education of tomorrow’s health care professionals.

Donate to the Books of Honor program [Online]

New Mexico Health Historical Collection (NMHHC)

The New Mexico Health Historical Collection is a unique collection that documents the history of health and health care in New Mexico. NMHHC, which was established in 1984, contains photographs, rare books, New Mexico/Southwest books and reports, artifacts, oral histories, personal papers of health professionals, and materials about hospitals, sanatoriums and health organizations. The collection plays a critical role in preserving these historically important and irreplaceable materials while making them available to the public.

Search the NMHHC materials using an alphabetical listing.

Your donation will:

  • Help cover the costs of scanning and digitizing the collection so people can access it online.
  • Allow everyone with an interest in the history of health care in New Mexico to enjoy these materials.
  • Help preserve our heritage and honor the men and women who were pioneers in bringing health care to New Mexicans.

Donate to the NMHHC program [Online]


The purpose of the University Archives, established in 1985, is to collect, organize, preserve, and make available materials of permanent value to the University, which have historical, legal, fiscal, or administrative significance.  HSLIC holds a portion of the University Archives – in particular, those materials pertaining to the UNM Health Sciences Center.

Your donation will:

  • Help preserve materials and records of historical significance that document the UNM Health Sciences Center’s history.

Donate to the Archives program [Online]

▼ Educate the public about the history of health in New Mexico

Dr. Holly Buchanan visiting with Crystal Romero-Carter
Dr. Holly Buchanan, right, HSLIC’s Executive Director,
visits with Crystal Romero-Carter, Constituent Liaison
for New Mexico Representative Martin Heinrich, at
HSLIC’s “100 Years: Celebrating New Mexico’s Health”
exhibit in 2013.

HSLIC Exhibits

An effective way to educate the public about the history of health care in New Mexico is to create exhibits that chronicle specific events or periods in history. HSLIC collaborates with subject-matter experts throughout the HSC, UNM and New Mexico to highlight significant health care discoveries. HSLIC’s exhibits vary widely in terms of the subject matter and the media used. Our exhibits have featured student photos, Civil War-era surgical instruments and the personal stories of mental-health patients in a state hospital, to name just a few.

Read about the exhibits HSLIC has created and displayed over the past few years.

Your donation will:

  • Offset costs related to researching, creating and promoting HSLIC’s exhibits.
  • Enhance the exhibit experience for visitors by funding opening receptions and lectures in conjunction with our exhibits.
  • Educate the public about New Mexico’s unique health care history.

Donate to the exhibits program [Online]

▼ Facilitate health information outreach to New Mexico's 22 Native nations

Navajo Boy
The Navajo Indian Tribe is recognized as the
largest Indian tribe in the United States.
Approximately 80,000 Navajo people live in
New Mexico alone. (Photo by Harold Carey,
Jr., reprinted with permission of Navajo Arts.)

Native American Health Information Services

HSLIC is the only federally designated resource library to serve New Mexico’s health-information needs, including those of the state's 22 Native nations. Through our Native American Health Information Services program, we offer resources to health care providers who serve Native Americans and to community members of New Mexico’s Native nations. The program also addresses the health information needs of the Native American community at UNM.

Learn more about Native American Information Services.

Your donation will:

  • Help HSLIC expand our health care outreach to the under-served Native nations in New Mexico.
  • Enable us to increase awareness about our Native American Health Information Services program and Native Health Database.
  • Equip health care providers with resources they can use to improve the health of those who are a part of New Mexico's Native nations.

Donate to the Native American Health Information Services program [Online]

▼ Help train physicians in the use of Electronic Health Records

Biomedical Informatics

Medical student at a computerBiomedical informatics is the science of managing information for health care, research, education and administration by applying, integrating and evaluating information technology along with its associated policies, procedures and organizational cultures. This includes the study of all forms of information technology, from paper to high-performance computers. HSLIC offers one-on-one consultations to those in the HSC community who need informatics-related help. We also offer a post-graduate research fellowship in biomedical informatics.

Your donation will:

  • Offset the cost of HSLIC’s three-year research fellowship in biomedical informatics.
  • Help HSLIC’s biomedical informatics team support the HSC community’s biomedical informatics needs.
  • Help train our future physicians and other health care providers in biomedical informatics.

Donate to the Biomedical Informatics program [Online]

▼ Provide state-of-the-art technology to facilitate students' education

Information Technology

Female students at computersHSLIC is a blended library/information technology (IT) resource that provides the HSC community with a wide range of library and IT resources and support. One of the most visible and tangible components of our IT support is the student computing area on the main floor of the library. We maintain 52 computers for students, faculty, staff and the general public to use, along with color and black-and-white printers and a scanner.

We also maintain collaborative study areas throughout the HSC campus that are equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Group study rooms and the Student Lounge are equipped with wall-mounted monitors that allow students to connect their laptops so that everyone in the room can view, discuss and collaborate on the content. One group study room is equipped with a “smart board”—a whiteboard connected to a computer that allows students to create on the whiteboard and then save their work. Wireless access is available in all group study rooms, and the library has laptops and iPads for checkout.

Your donation will:

  • Help HSLIC maintain and upgrade computers in the student computing area.
  • Enhance HSC’s educational and research efforts by equipping HSC study areas with the most up-to date equipment available.
  • Make more state-of-the-art equipment equipment available for checkout.

Donate to the Information Technology program [Online]