Library Wishes 2013

If you could have three library wishes, what would they be?

During the month of July 2013, the Health Sciences Library asked our users to let us know what three wishes they would request from a library genie. The library staff wanted to use this information to assist in creating a new strategic plan.

The library was thrilled to receive 108 submissions for a total of 254 wishes! The most popular type of wish was for an addition to the library’s collection – a book, journal, database, or other type of resource.  The Library’s Collection Management department is researching those requests right now.

The library wanted to share all 254 wishes that were received. The wishes can be viewed below. Additionally, if a wish could be “granted” right now, that information is included in the Comment column.

The library will continue working on updating its strategic plan and are hoping to share a draft in early fall.


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Melissa De Santis, MLIS, AHIP
Interim Director (May 2015 to present) 

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Give access to more journals online (this may count as 1 wish or many, if many then you can take the first 3 journals i list):e.g. -Lab on a Chip -The various Nature journals going back to their start: e.g. Nature chemical biology & nature methods back to 2004, etc. -Physical Review Letters and Physical review B earlier than 2002 -Journal of Biomedical Optics -European biophysics journal -Journal of theoretical biology 1979-1993 -Islets -Journal of microscopy - Oxford (at least since 1980) -Microscopy and Microanalysis.

Stock more text books that could be related to bioengineering: Optics Hecht, Principles of fluorescence spectroscopy 2nd and 3rd editions Lakowicz Principle of lasers Svelto

Not charge for ILL

collection requests, interlibrary loan (ILL), journals, textbooks

Henry Stewart Talks

collection requests

AccessMedicine -- very useful collection of medicine for all fields

collection requests

hot water heater for tea

refrigerator, microwave, water

later evening hours and early morning hours on weekends


continued access to the Henry Stewart talks-

collection requests

I wish I was able to search the lirerature inteligently, quickly and be bale to weed out unnesecary articles.

I wish I knew how to use the library serources better and if it was as easy as the google search engine.

Make an appointment for a consultation with a librarian at Or you can sign up for a class at

classes, literature searches, wishes granted

Atkins molecular biology

Transgenic mice technology

Animal behavior experiments and methods

collection requests

The subscription of Journal of Visual Experiments.

The subscription of Nature Protocols

Wish 1 - as of July 1 we have a subscription to JoVE (Journal of Visual Experiments)

journals, wishes granted

I wish the lights in the study booths would not shut off so quickly. It is very annoying while I am studying.

The coffee shop was open for longer hours

I have seen someone smoke an e-cigarette while on the computers and sometimes people answer their phones and speak loudly. No one from the library reception desk has done anything.

café, facility, hours, staffing, study rooms

More active direct links to full text journal articles.

More publicity to the academic community about the great support that research librarians provide.

Continued educational offerings with online information and face-to-face class offerings.

classes, journals, staffing

areas for individual study that included white board space.

study rooms

It would be great if the library was open past 6 pm on Friday and Saturday nights.

I wish the lights in the study rooms on the second floor were not motion-sensored. It is very irritating when you are studying and the lights keep turning off.

I wish the library had anatomical models of the lungs.

Wish 3 - Your wish has been granted, you can check out the lungs model from the desk with call number WF 101 L9633

collection requests, facility, hours, wishes granted

It would be really useful if the library could be open past 6 on weekends


24 hour access to the HSL via badges post normal operating hours.

More rooms available for reservation.

Larger fridge downstairs, or possibly an addition fridge on the 2nd or 3rd floors.

Wish 3: There is now a microwave and fridge on each floor of the library

facility, hours, refrigerator, microwave, water, study rooms, wishes granted

no fees for interlibrary loan service

additional textbooks on reserve for my classes, and up to date editions

6am opening last weeks of term for finals

collection requests, hours, interlibrary loan (ILL), textbooks

Access to JAMA evidence

We started a subscription to JAMA Evidence in December 2012. You can access it via the All Databases link.

collection requests, e-books, journals, wishes granted

24-hour access for medical students

free coffee

café, facility, hours, vending machines

Ability to use UpToDate mobile application. Having to go through proxy process and use browser version is to clunky to be feasible in a clinical situation

More textbooks that medical students need

More practical board review materials (First Aid, qbanks, etc.)

Wish 1 - The UpToDate mobile app is now available! Wish 2 - we received a list of required textbooks for 1st year medical students. We owned all but a couple are working to order them now.

collection requests, databases, textbooks, website, wishes granted

Easier access to online journals from off site

app for the iPhone for library services

Wish 2 - The library has a mobile version of the website:

journals, website, wishes granted