UAB Libraries Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Many libraries suspend ILL Borrowing and Document Delivery services during the holidays, making it difficult for us to fill UAB patrons’ requests.

Sterne Library will suspend ILL services for borrowing and document delivery between Saturday, December 15, 2018 and Tuesday, January 1, 2019.

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See the full calendar of hours and closings for each library through July 2020:

Building news.

UAB is implementing a building safety plan that will promote greater control over access to campus facilities and employ additional technologies to enhance security for faculty, staff and students. As a result, UAB Libraries (Lister Hill Library and Mervyn H. Sterne Library) will both transition to card access for UAB faculty, staff, and students, including HSF employees.

Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine opened book.

The 20th edition of Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine has just been published by McGraw-Hill and is currently available through the UAB Libraries.

Policy Change.

In order to better serve the student users and accommodate the high demand of the study room spaces at Lister Hill Library, changes will be made to the group and single study room reservation policy. The most prominent change will be beginning June 3, 2018, all rooms will be locked and students will have to report the HUB Service Desk to check out the room key.


Lister Hill Library

Lister Hill Library will be closed Saturday, May 26, through Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day, and on Wednesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.


UAB Libraries now has a courier service to transport books and other library materials between Lister Hill Library, Lister Hill Library at University Hospital, Sterne Library, and the remote storage facility in the 801 Building. UAB students, staff, and faculty can select an item from our OneSearch PRIMO online catalog and have it delivered to the library location most convenient to them. Materials may be returned to Sterne, Lister Hill, or Lister Hill at University Hospital. Courier deliveries are usually completed within 2 days, Monday through Friday. The libraries’ OneSearch system will email the user when an item is ready for pick up. Remember to log in at the top right of the screen in OneSearch to see the request options.

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In honor of National Library Week 2018, we will again observe Amnesty Days at UAB Libraries. Beginning Sunday, April 8th, and ending Saturday, April 14th, users can return overdue items and have their fines (up to $20 total) forgiven.

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We are excited to announce the new UAB Libraries Facebook page! As of March 31, 2018, we will be deactivating the old Lister Hill and Mervyn H. Sterne pages and only posting content to the new combined page. Please continue following UAB Libraries at, and spread the word!

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.


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.