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Many university libraries suspend their Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services during the holidays, making it difficult for us to fill our patrons’ requests.

For that reason, UAB Libraries will suspend our ILL services for borrowing between Saturday, December 17, 2022 and Monday, January 2, 2023.

During that time, new requests cannot be accepted, but previously requested materials may be picked up as usual, and previously requested photocopies will be e-mailed as usual.

Patrons may check the status of their requests at any time. Some requested materials may not arrive until after the new year.

We will resume normal ILL operations on Tuesday, January 3, 2023.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

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In conjunction with UAB’s 2022 Toy Drive, UAB Libraries are again holding our Toys for Fines holiday charity drive to bring smiles to children who may not otherwise receive gifts this holiday season. Library users with overdue fines (current or prior) can have up to $20 waived when they donate a new, unwrapped toy for a child (infant through 16 years of age) to the Toys for Tots drive.

Thirty Years of Preserving University History

The November Image of the Month from UAB Archives, Thirty Years of Preserving University History, 2017, has been posted.

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The UAB Libraries Office of Scholarly Communication (OSC) is excited to announce the launch of its Article Processing Charge (APC) Fund pilot program to help UAB authors pay for open access APCs. The program, with the support of the UAB Provost and the Dean of Libraries, has initial funding of $10,000 for fiscal year 2022 – 23. The UAB Libraries will fund up to $2,500 per article for UAB authors on a first-come, first-served basis. The pilot program is open at all UAB faculty, staff, and students, and funding must be used on a Gold Open Access Journal.

More information about the pilot program and a link to the funding application can be found on the Open Access APC Fund Pilot Program page. Have questions? Contact Jeff Graveline, Associate Dean for Research and Scholarly Communication, at

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Libraries seeks a creative, enthusiastic, and service-oriented professional for the position of Composition and Student Success Liaison.

Gurney Derby at Homecoming, 2007

The October Image of the Month from UAB Archives, Gurney Derby at Homecoming, 2007, has been posted.

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Celebrate International Open Access Week 2022 by joining us for a panel discussion featuring UAB faculty who publish open access (OA). The panelists will discuss why they opted for OA over the traditional publishing route. This year’s theme, Open for Climate Justice, brings attention to the role OA publishing can play in the fight to combat climate change.

Come see the exhibit, Mental Health: A Complicated History, on display at Mervyn H. Sterne Library, just past the HUB desk on the entrance level. This exhibit discusses key themes such as the development of early diagnosis methods like the Rorschach inkblot test; the misdiagnosis of mental diseases for social or political reasons, such as in the case of female hysteria; an overview of PTSD and war-time trauma; the history of asylums, invasive treatments, psychoanalysis therapy, and more. Some of the unique UAB Libraries items featured include an electro-shock therapy machine (circa 1960s &70s); a first edition of the "Yellow Wallpaper" (1892), a short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman highlighting the controversial “rest cure” to combat female neurasthenia; a letter written by a World War I veteran showing his struggle with shell shock; and many other historical items. For the most part, exhibit spans the 19th and 20th centuries, but there are some references to earlier and later treatment of mental illness to provide additional context.

The exhibit will be on display through November 7, 2022. For more information on the exhibit and the materials display, please contact Peggy Balch, Curator of the Reynolds-Finley Historical Library

UAB selected as a top university, 1992

The September Image of the Month from UAB Archives, UAB selected as a top university, 1992, has been posted.

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Join the UAB Libraries on September 13, 2022 at 1 p.m. for an introductory webinar covering the basics of alternative metrics (altmetrics) and the tools and data that Altmetric Explorer offers. Altmetric Explorer tracks thousands of online sources for mentions of articles, books, and chapters, recording each mention in real time. Citation data from Altmetric is also integrated into faculty profiles within the UAB Scholars and UAB Profiles systems. This workshop is sponsored by the UAB Libraries’ Office of Scholarly Communication.

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