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 About Us

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The Herston Health Sciences Library is one of 14 branch libraries of the University of Queensland Library. It provides resources and services to support the teaching, learning and research needs of staff and students, in addition to hospital staff located on the Herston site. The University, the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital and the Royal Children's Hospital jointly fund the Herston Health Sciences Library.

The Herston Health Sciences Library is located on Level 6 of Block 6 of the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Herston Road, Herston. The Herston Health Sciences Library was established in 1984 when the University's Central Medical and Clinical Sciences Libraries amalgamated. Some years later the Library began services to the Royal Children's Hospital, and then in 1993 combined with the Nursing Library to provide the services and facilities now available.

Annually the Herston Health Sciences Library produces a report on its achievements and progress made throughout the year. For the interest of library users and the general public these reports are now available online.

The strengths of the Herston Health Sciences Library are in Indigenous Health, Medical History, Medicine (all fields), Nursing, Nutrition, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Orthopaedics, Paediatrics and Child Health, Pathology, Psychiatry, Social and Preventive Medicine, Surgery and Tropical Health. The on-site collection includes:

  • 20,900 books,
  • 750 current journal titles,
  • over 300 journal articles in e-reserve and hard copy,
  • videos.

There are 4 express email computers and 29 public computers throughout the Herston Health Sciences Library. These provide access to:

  • Library website
  • Email
  • Internet
  • Networked printing and copying
  • Online course materials
  • Software - Word, Powerpoint, Excel and Access
  • UQ network

The Herston Health Sciences Library collections are complemented by five specialist library services:

Other collections

Apply for an Academic Title

Medical Professionals who contribute to the Teaching and/or Research activities of the University of Queensland are welcome to apply for an Academic Title through the School of Medicine.

Allied Health Professionals who contribute to the Teaching and/or Research activities of the University of Queensland are welcome to apply for an Academic Title through the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.

 Contact Us

Phone: +61 7 3365 5353

Fax     +61 7 3365 5243

Building number
Block 6, Herston campus

Postal address
Herston Health Sciences Library,
Block 6 Level 6,
Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital,
Brisbane QLD 4029

Executive Manager, Engineering and Sciences Library Service
(located in Biological Sciences Library)
Heather Todd
Phone: 3346 4394

Manager, Health Sciences Library Service
Lisa Kruesi
Phone: 3365 5354

Liaison LibrariansArea(s) of responsibility
Lars Eriksson
   Phone: 3365 5244
Australian Centre for International & Tropical Health & Nutrition  
Cancer Prevention Research Centre  
Centre for Medical Education  
Centre for Military and Veterans Health  
Centre for Primary Health Care  
Child & Youth Mental Health - RCH  
Cognitive Psychophysiology Laboratory  
MBBS Programme Year 2  
Mental Health Services - RBWH  
Population Health  
Queensland Alcohol & Drug Research and Education Centre  
Queensland Centre for Public Health  
Jenny Hall
   Phone: 3346 4630
Division of Medicine - RCH  
Internal Medicine Services - RBWH  
Neuroimmunology Research Centre  
Nursing & Midwifery - HHS  
Nursing Services - RBWH  
Nursing Services - RCH  
Paediatrics & Child Health  
Keryl Michener
   Phone: 3365 5214
Burns Trauma & Critical Care Research Centre  
Cancer Care Services - RBWH  
Centre for Online Health  
Critical Care Services - RBWH  
Division of Surgery - RCH  
Perinatal Research Centre  
Surgical & Perioperative Services - RBWH  
Women's & Newborn Services - RBWH  
Lucy Peachey
   Phone: 3346 4894
Allied Health - RBWH  
Allied Health - RCH  
Clinical Support Services - RBWH  
Division of Combined Clinical Services - RCH  

Location and Layout

The Herston Health Sciences Library is located at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital on the corner of Herston Road and Bowen Bridge Road, Herston. The entrance to the Library is on Level 6 in Block 6.

All services and facilities are located on Level 6. This level contains the external and internal return chutes, loans and information desk, main computer area with networked printers, the eZone, reference and video collections, book and journal collections, group study rooms, new book and periodical display area, internal telephone, photocopiers and the staff work area. The computers are able to be used for access to the library catalogue, databases and the internet, word-processing, email and computer-assisted learning packages. There are a variety of study areas including quiet talking areas, group study rooms and individual carrels.

Opening Hours

Semester Opening Hours
Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs. Fri. Sat. Sun.
Monday: 8am - 8pm ; Tuesday: 8am - 8pm ; Wednesday: 8am - 8pm ; Thursday: 8am - 8pm ; Friday: 8am - 5pm ; Saturday: Closed ; Sunday: 12noon - 5pm
For recorded opening hours - telephone (07) 3365 6703.

These hours vary during the July vacation and the Summer semester period.
Current opening hours are available from the Library website.

Book returns

The after hours book return chute is located outside the main entrance to the Herston Health Sciences Library. When the Library is open items are returned to the return chute located at the loans desk.

Computers and Email

The Herston Health Sciences Library provides 33 computers and 11 laptop ports for accessing the Library website including the catalogue, databases, and the internet. Email facilities are also available.

Exhibitions and Displays

A display area is available at the entrance to the Library. Displays and exhibitions are used to promote the Library and Hospital activities as well as displays on topical health issues.

Study Areas

There are individual and group study areas available with 5 individual study carrels and two group rooms. Bookings for these rooms can be made at the Loans Desk or by phoning 3365 5353.

General Collections

Over 20,000 books and 500 current journal subscriptions are held in the Herston Health Sciences Library.

The strengths of the Herston Health Sciences Library are indigenous health, medical history, medicine (all fields), nursing, nutrition, obstetrics and gynaecology, orthopaedics, paediatric and child health, pathology, psychiatry, social and preventative medicine, surgery and tropical health.

For further information, see the Herston Health Sciences Library's Collection Development Policy.

Specialised Collections

The Otto Hirschfeld Collection

The Herston Health Sciences Library houses the Otto Hirschfeld Collection - a collection of historical medical books and papers.

Suggest a Purchase

Members of the University of Queensland Library may suggest items to be added to the Library's collection.

Schools and Centres may also contact their Liaison Librarian, to make a suggestion for purchase.

What's New

New print material is displayed in the Recently Received Books and Journals area in the Herston Health Sciences Library.

A list of new material is available on the Library website. For information on the latest issue of a journal, search the Library Catalogue.

Disability Support

The Library is wheelchair accessible via the lift on the ground level of Block 6. Library staff are always ready to provide any additional assistance.

More information can be found at Support for Users with Disabilities.

Loan Enquiries and Pickups

Enquiries about loans, problems with library records and requests for items held at another campus library can be made at the Loans Desk. Held items and items requested from the warehouse of other libraries are also held at the loans desk.

Lost Property

Lost property is held for two weeks at the Loans Desk and then is given to Security.

Printing and Copying

The Herston Health Sciences Library provides copying and network printing.

All copying is subject to copyright restrictions.

A University of Queensland student or staff card or a Unicard is required to operate the photocopiers. There is an automatic card dispensing machine where copy cards can be purchased and value added to existing cards.


Television programs useful for teaching, learning and research are copied and placed into the Library's collection. The Library also works closely with the Central Video Replay Service (CVRS).

Visit the Multimedia Service for more information.

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