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The Preston Medical Library's holdings cover the basic sciences, clinical medicine, public health and consumer health.  Periodically, new books are added to our collections. The Library currently subscribes to over 10,000 journals online, and has over 500 individual print journal titles. Journals are shelved alphabetically by title for easy retrieval. The library's entire collection can be searched via the Preston/UTK Catalog.


The Medical Library's book holdings include approximately 3,374 volumes in the basic sciences, clinical medicine, and public health (Preston Medical Library Annual Report 2012). Books are shelved by call number according to the Library of Congress classification system. The library is not an archival collection of historical materials, so every effort is made to ensure currency of materials. The circulation period for textbooks is two weeks.

Access to the library's collection is available through the UT Libraries Catalog. Preston Medical Library books can be identified by "Preston Medical Library" and the call number. For orientation on use of the online catalog, please contact the library.

Purchase of Books

Books are selected for the collection in support of UT Graduate School of Medicine's various research, teaching, and clinical care needs. Recommendations for purchase of new library materials may be communicated to the Assistant Director. A book purchase recommendation form is available. Newly processed books recently received by the library are shelved on the "New Book" cart in the Reading Room.

UT Graduate School of Medicine and UT Medical Center physicians and staff may purchase personal copies of textbooks through the UT Health Science Center bookstore. Select Majors to order online using your credit card.


Preston Medical Library has 341 books available online in full text. Read the full list of electronic books for more information.


The Library currently subscribes to over 250 print journal titles and 10,864 online journal titles. There are over 700 individual journal titles in the collection. Journals are shelved alphabetically by title for easy retrieval. Current periodicals are located on the library first floor. The stacks area is on the ground floor. The library's journal collection does not circulate.

The majority of the library's 14,189 bound volumes cover the last Fifteen Years to the present. However, a number of core journals have been held for twenty-five or more years.

The library also has an extensive list of electronic journals.


Most currently received journal titles are bound for preservation purposes and ease of access. It takes approximately four weeks for journals to return from the bindery. Materials currently at the bindery are identified in the catalog with the notation "at bindery."

Video and Other Media

The Preston Medical Library has more than 245 audiovisual titles. Please see our Video and Other Media Research Guide for more information


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