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UAB Libraries are once again holding their Toys for Fines holiday charity drive to bring smiles to children who may not otherwise receive gifts this holiday season. Patrons with overdue fines (current or prior) will have up to $20 waived when they donate a new, unwrapped toy for a child (infant through 12 years of age) to the Toys for Tots drive. These contributions will support UAB’s 24th Annual Holiday Toy Drive in conjunction with Toys for Tots to benefit local children. Donations are always welcome.

UAB Libraries drop off locations are at Lister Hill Library near the HUB on the 1st floor, and at the Sterne Library OneDesk. Donations are welcome now until the morning of December 11th, after which you can bring toys to the Administration Building and greet Santa Claus for the “Drive-thru Santa” event beginning at 8am. At 3:00pm, The Marine Corps will pick up the toys from the AB Lobby.

Workshops & Classes

Many students and faculty aim to publish quality research in quality journals to further their research and inform others. But how do you know if the journal you are submitting your work to is legitimate, or if its sole purpose is to deceive and make money? This workshop will introduce what predatory journals are, how to identify them, and what to do if you think you are a victim in predatory publishing.

This online workshop will be held on November 30 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. Click here to register. For more information, please contact Becca Billings at or (205) 934-2231. To see the full list of currently scheduled workshops, visit our Research Guide.


UAB Libraries will be closed for Thanksgiving from Thursday, November 23, through Saturday, November 25. Regular fall hours will resume on Sunday, November 26. Have a wonderful holiday!

One of the greatest figures in modernist literature, Irish author James Joyce (1882-1941) used the avant-garde “stream of consciousness” method in such great literary works as Ulysses (1922), A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916), and Finnegan’s Wake (1939). Less known is that from his mid-20s on, Joyce also suffered grievously from eye disease and other ailments, the cause of which may have been either syphilis or some form of inflammatory rheumatic arthritis. An ongoing debate continues as scholars investigate Joyce’s medical history and pick apart Ulysses for references to venereal disease.

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In this issue:

  • Afternoon Tea in November
  • Upcoming Workshops
  • Faculty Publication Spotlight
  • The Medicine & Mores of James Joyce: On Display at Sterne Library

Read the November 2017 issue

Nursing students in 1958

The University Hospital School of Nursing, circa 1958. On November 26, 1958, an open house served as the official dedication of a new home for the nursing school operated by University Hospital. Prior to its acquisition, this building had been home to a beloved-Southside barbecue restaurant, known as Dr. Gus' BBQ. The program's occupancy of the building was short-lived, however, as the building was demolished in 1966 to make way for the Center for Developmental and Learning Disorders [Sparks Center].

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Due to technical difficulties, our online payment system is temporarily unavailable. We appreciate your patience as we work to resolve this issue.

Fines and fees can be paid at the OneDesk (Sterne Library) or the HUB Service Desk (Lister Hill Library) with a credit or debit card, check, or with BlazerBucks. All checks should be made payable to UAB Libraries.

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Beginning on November 1, 2017, Lister Hill Library will begin charging $1.00 per day, per item for overdue Interlibrary Loan materials.

UAB Libraries is pleased to introduce a new catalog and search tool, OneSearch, our customized version of Primo from Ex Libris. Available from the search box on our new website, this one-stop searching tool allows you to find a wealth of information from print books and e-books, journals and articles, electronic resources, videos, digital collections and digital media all at once.

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Join us on Wednesdays during the months of September, October, and November from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. for Afternoon Tea. Take a break from classes to enjoy a cup of tea and some sweets at Lister Hill Library, on the first floor. While you're here, meet the librarians, ask library questions you might have, and find out how the friendly folks at Lister Hill Library can help you be successful at UAB! Bring a friend or make new friends at this favorite Lister Hill Library tradition.

MedU Virtual Patients Real Learning

If you experience problems logging in to MedU Virtual Patient cases (CLIPP, SIMPLE, fmCASES, WISE-MD or CORE), please contact the library at 934-2231 or through Ask A Librarian


We are aware that patrons are receiving notices about fines by mistake. We are working to stop these emails. Please disregard these messages for now. There is no need to make a payment. Most important, do not click on any links in any notice. Clicking could cause serious damage to your computer. We apologize to our patrons for the problem, and we appreciate your patience.

Building News

UAB Libraries is thrilled to announce that the 1st floor renovations of Lister Hill Library are near completion and that a total of 19 study rooms are now available for reservation and use. Additionally, 5 of these are now considered "single" study rooms. All rooms can be booked online prior to visiting the library or at the library by using the study room reservation kiosk.

The decision was made to not renew the DynaMed database because of budget considerations. Please use UpToDate instead. We welcome your feedback regarding this change at
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