“To study the phenomena of disease without books is to sail an uncharted sea, while to study books without patients is not to go to sea at all.” - Dr. William Osler
The University Library is located in the Student Education Center and has been selected as a Resource Library by the National Library of Medicine.
7:30 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to midnight, Saturday and Sunday. The Library will be closed on all University holidays. Any other schedule changes will be posted in the Library.
Reference staff are available Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Kendall Reed Rare Book Room is open by appointment only.
- 35,008 square feet
- The Circulation Area contains Reserve and Board Collections
- Close to 450 print journal and newsletter subscriptions and over 3,000 electronic journal subscriptions
- A 26,000 volume medical book collection
- Reading and Study areas
- Online Reference tools available to students include MEDLINE (medicine), AGELINE (geriatrics), CINAHL (nursing, health administration and allied health), Up To Date, Cochrane Library, MDConsult, AccessMedicine, STAT!ref, SciVerse ScienceDirect, Access Surgery, ACP Medicine, Essential Evidence Plus, The Medical Letter, PsycINFO, Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Source, Springer Images, VisualDx, Web of Science and many other databases
- 30,000 volume bound journal collection
Access and use
Materials may be checked out by University students and employees. Interlibrary Loan privileges are extended to faculty, students at remote sites and alumni. The Library is open to the public 8 a.m. – 5:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Members of the public must use materials in the library.
Remote access to library resources
Des Moines University’s proxy server provides students and faculty with free remote access to the Library’s electronic resources for scholarly research. When working off-campus it allows authorized users to electronically access periodical and index databases and full-text resources, and to take advantage of links to DMU resources that have been set up in PubMed.
Students have access to the Pulse where they may enter their Des Moines University ID and password. Once authenticated, the library’s pulse page is accessible under the Academic’s tab. Resources to which the library has subscribed are only accessible to students through the Pulse.
Note: Sites may not be accessible when maintenance is being done, or if the number of users logged in exceeds the number allowed simultaneous access in the license agreement. If this happens, a message indicating the problem will appear and the user will need to try again later. Firewalls (especially in hospitals) may also interfere with your connections. For other problems, you should contact firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Kendall Reed Rare Book Room
The University Archives includes historical documents from the University Administration and personal papers from former faculty members. The Historical Book Collection focuses on Osteopathic Medicine, Podiatric Medicine, Medical Education in the 19th and early 20th centuries, Military Medicine, and Surgical Anatomy.
Library Memorial Fund information
DMU has a memorial gifts program to benefit the library. This program allows donors an opportunity to honor the memory of someone close to their heart by making a gift to DMU.
All memorials will go toward enhancing the book collection at the Library unless otherwise designated. The Library is the heart and soul of Des Moines University. If you are interested in the memorial gifts program, contact the development office.
- The National Library of Medicine’s public access MEDLINE program, PubMed.
- The National Library of Medicine’s digital archive of life science journals, Pub Med Central.
- The National Library of Medicine has consumer health sites called MEDLINE plus, MedlinePlus en español and Mobile MedlinePlus for mobile devices.
- Information about Clinical Trials is provided by the National Institute of Health and the National Library of Medicine.
- NIH Senior Health has information about health for older adults. This is a joint venture by the National Institute on Aging and the National Library of Medicine.
- EthnoMed is Harborview Medical Center’s ethnic medicine website containing medical and cultural information about immigrant and refugee groups.
- Dietary Supplements Labels Database
- Free Medical Journals, Highwire Press Free Journals, Free Medical Books 4 Doctors
The Des Moines University Historical Photograph Collection in the Iowa Heritage Digital Collection is a digital sample of the most popular images from the resources housed in the Kendall Reed Rare Book Room. They show the University’s three campus locations, early leaders, and student life. DMU’s pictures are located on the following site pictures