FY 20 Annual Report

The Health Sciences Library System


The current economic climate necessitates that HSLS build and manage our collections of resources in the most cost-effective way. Subscription costs continue to rise at rates far above general inflation. In response to the changing information needs of our diverse user population, HSLS carefully analyzes usage statistics, publication patterns, and other metrics to identify materials to be discontinued and new items to be added.

Online Collections

HSLS’s forward-thinking collection management process supports a robust online collection of e-journals, e-books, databases, specialized software, and a usage-driven collection of print materials. Library users have access to the following online collections:


8,700  unique health sciences e-journals

5,000 total e-books in the collection

1,500 new resources added to the collection in FY 20

122 databases/full-text information collections


Physical Collections

HSLS experienced growth in physical collections throughout FY 20. These resources residing in the library includes the current collection of newly published academic and medical titles, the leisure reading collection of popular fiction and nonfiction, and the special collection of rare books. Bound journals and monographs are held in offsite storage.  


90,000 bound journal and monographs in offsite storage


1,581 current collection print books

11,500 articles and book chapters provided to libraries nationwide

The UPMC Collection

HSLS debuted the UPMC Health Sciences Digital Library as a portal to provide a high-quality interface to streamline discovery and use of licensed clinical and point-of-care e-resources.  In FY 20, this portal offered access to: 

8,121 e-journals
5,815 e-books
74 databases

Technology Help Desk

The Technology Help Desk offered a wide range of services in FY 20 including:

  • Circulated technology equipment including Surface Pros, MacBooks, phone chargers, and headphones
  • Provided technology for Falk Library’s conference rooms
  • Offered training for classroom technology
  • Provided specialized services for MolBio classes

Popular Items Circulated by the Technology Help Desk:

Power Outlets borrowed 1072 times

iPhone Chargers borrowed 515 times

Headphones borrowed 331 times

MacBook Chargers borrowed 263 times

Integrated Library Management Software

In FY 20, work began on a large-scale update of the University’s Integrated Library Management software to the Ex Libris Alma and Primo platforms.  Working collaboratively with the University Library System and the Law Library, HSLS was actively involved in platform configurations, working groups, analytics and usability testing. This system, publicized as the New PittCat, debuted in July 2020.