UNM Health Sciences Library & Informatics Center

MSC 09 5100
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Phone: (505) 272-2311

Second-Floor Reading Room Now Updated and Features a New Exhibit About Wartime Medical Advances

June 1, 2017The New Mexico Health Historical Collection (NMHHC) reading room on the second floor of the library recently received a facelift. The room now has new cork flooring and technology that is compatible with current campus needs.

The room was built in the 1980s to enable researchers to review the history of health and health care in New Mexico and the Southwest.

A new exhibit, “Price of War: Medical Advances During Wartime,” was installed with the reopening of the room. The exhibit explores how war is often associated with new discoveries in health care. Many of these discoveries have had a significant impact on our understanding of the human body and mind. The exhibit highlights several important writings, photographs and artifacts. It also features Lovelace and Sam White historical collections specific to World War II and its connection to New Mexico and the emergence of space medicine.

The NMHHC documents the history of health in the state and the Southwest by collecting and preserving materials that include oral histories, organizational records, rare books, photographs, artifacts and a monograph collection.

The room is now equipped with a 60-inch touchscreen monitor and built-in workstation. This technology allows researchers to explore HSLIC’s online collections easily and will give students a new experience for practicing presentations or holding group study sessions. The touchscreen monitor can serve as a digital whiteboard or allow for on-the-fly annotation of documents and PowerPoint presentations. Instructions for using the new monitor and workstation are located on the room’s conference table.

When not in use by researchers of the historical collections, students may reserve the room through the library’s online reservation service. Access to the collections is provided by appointment only. If you want access to the historical collections, please contact Laura Hall, (505) 272-6518.