Meharry Medical College Library

The mission of Meharry Medical College Library is to support students, researchers, and clinicians by providing access to current, authoritative biomedical information resources.

The library aspires to strengthen its role as an essential partner in student learning, research, and clinical care.

Digital Resources

The MMCL is increasingly focusing its collection on electronic resources to maximize the utility and accessibility of information across the campus and from home. MMCL provides access to 5,634 electronic journals, 6,526 eBooks, 260 databases, and 1,064 web resources available via an integrated Digital Library <>. The digital library provides fast access and multiple routes to electronic resources including tools to support evidence-based practice.  These tools include a suite of evidence-based medicine Cochrane databases; UpToDate expert reviewed clinical medicine database; and a wealth of clinical textbooks and journals available via ClinicalKey.


The MMCL also provides access to full-text journals through the Ovid system as well as over 1,000 clinical and research-focused full-text journals through the ScienceDirect database.  AccessMedicine provides users with clinical textbooks including Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine and Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment.  Users can also access health-focused databases such as Health Reference Center Academic and Health and Wellness Resource Center via the Tennessee Electronic Library. 


Education and Information Services
The core priorities for the Meharry Medical Library are:

  • Information: providing health and life sciences information that advances research, scholarship, education, and patient-care;
  • Education: developing and implementing programs to train and educate faculty, staff, and students in the skills needed to effectively find, evaluate, and manage health and life sciences information; and
  • Communication: partnering with patrons, being familiar with their needs, and providing and promoting resources and services that meet those needs.

Services and resources include circulation, collection development, reference, computerized bibliographic searching, instruction in information retrieval and use, integrated library system, reserve and special collections. Materials unavailable in the collection are obtained from other medical libraries at no cost through cooperative arrangements (interlibrary loan). Computer-based bibliographic retrieval services are available through the National Library of Medicine.

Library Technologies

Important topics include EBM resources, Citation Management Tools, Copyright, and Consumer Health resources. 

Total Volumes
MMCL's collection of 68,203 volumes includes essential resources for healthcare scholarship and research, with a focus on health disparities and minority health. Users can locate library holdings via MMCL's online catalog. MMCL also participates in consortia agreements to offer its users interlibrary loan access to print resources not held at Meharry.

Last Updated: June 27, 2017