Health Sciences Exclusive Collections

The Health Sciences Libraries have collections unique to the Shadow Lane Campus to support clinical reference, medical humanities, health literacy, and general wellness and relaxation. 


HSL Clinical Reference Titles

The Health Sciences Library at 2040 West Charleston Blvd has a collection of approximately 50 core clinical reference texts covering topics from genreal medicine to several specialties. These titles are available for use during library business hours. Contact to inquire about availability of specific titles.


Graphic Medicine Titles

The UNLV Health Sciences Library is one of the first medical libraries west of the Mississippi to have a dedicated online and physical collection of graphic novels that tell patient pathologies, physician perspectives, and caretaker stories. The current set of approximately 60 physical titles are located in the Medical School InfoCommons and are available on reserve for one week loan. Titles cover topics such as:

  • Autism & Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Aging & End of Life
  • Veteran Health & Life
  • LGBTQ+ Health, including HIV/AIDS
  • Adolescence and Childhood
  • Women’s Health, Fertility & Domestic Violence
  • Human Trafficking

Graphic medicine is the use of comics and graphic novels to tell health- and healthcare-related
stories. The use of pictures in combination with narrative allows readers to not only learn facts,
but also realize the importance of place, time, and feelings in a character’s overall experience of
health and wellness. Reading and creating graphic medicine can promote reflective practice,
build empathy, bridge communication gaps between physicians and patients, promote health
literacy, and provide a voice to marginalized communities to comment on social and systematic
issues in health and healthcare.

To browse available titles in print and online, please view our Graphic Medicine Guide. To request to borrow a title without access to the SoM InfoCommons, please send an email to and we will be happy to assist you.


Medical Humanities & Leisure Reading

The Medical School InfoCommons will soon provide a selection of titles for relaxing and reading in your spare moments. The collection is planned to contain

  • Stories by, or based on, healthcare professionals and their experiences
  • Historical and Scientific Non-Fiction
  • Fantasy, sci-fi and classic fiction
  • Comic Anthologies

Studies have shown that individuals who take time to read, particularly stories involving shared
human struggles, increase their capacity for empathy, critical reasoning and creative thought.
Our leisure reading collection promotes wellness through providing titles that allow an escape
from day-to-day stress, and our curated selection of health humanities titles provides a look into
interesting and difficult social, ethical, and medical issues. Readers can find titles in our
collection ranging from the Harry Potter series, works from physician-authors, and popular
histories of medicine and health.

Mango Languages

An online Language learning resource with over 70 world languages and dialects offered through self-paced interactive courses that combine cultural insights and grammatical nuances delivered through native speaker dialogue. Limited accounts available on a first come first serve basis. Once all accounts are used, a review of additional accounts would take place during the next renewal cycle.

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