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Mission, Vision, and Values

Mission Statement

The Preston Medical Library’s mission is to assist the University of Tennessee Medical Center in providing excellence in healing, education, and discovery. The library is committed to ensuring access to clinical information through the acquisition, organization and management of collections. We provide exceptional reference, research and instruction for faculty, residents, students and physicians and outreach to the community.

Vision Statement

Preston Medical Library aspires to be an essential part of the Graduate School of Medicine’s endeavor to become a school of choice for graduate medical education and research through innovation, collaboration and providing exceptional, personalized services.


Service: We will actively seek to identify, meet and exceed client needs (in an accurate and timely manner).
Innovation: We actively pursue new methods and the use of technologies in order to provide services essential to our clients.
Excellence: We will be professional, conscientious and responsible and strive to exceed the expectations of our clients.
Commitment: We are dedicated to providing quality service to our clients.
Collaboration: We believe in teamwork. We will work together both internally and externally to share knowledge, resources and ideas in order to fulfill our mission.
Positive Attitude: We will be positive in our interactions with each other and our clients.


The primary clientele of the Preston Medical Library are the UTGSM faculty and staff, medical residents and students affiliated with the UTGSM, the UT Medical Center's staff, patients and area practicing physicians. Individuals with health questions may contact the library's Consumer and Patient Health Information Service.

The Library is open to everyone for in-house use of materials. Children under 18 are not permitted in the library without an adult. There is a one-hour time limit for computer use by patient families or general public. If all computers are occupied, preference is given to physicians, residents, and medical students. For more information on use of computers in the library, please read our Computer Use Statement.


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