Medical Library FAQ

Medical Library Study Spaces and Office Information

The Kresge Library building, including the Medical Library study spaces hours are posted here: Library Hours. You will need your OU Student ID in order to enter the building until further notice.

The Medical Library has 9 individual Study Rooms that are only available to Medical Students. There are an additional 11 study seats in the Quiet Study Room and Collaborative Study Room that are available on a first come first served basis. See our website for more information about our spaces. Note: You will need to swipe into the spaces with your OU ID.

It is not necessary to reserve the Medical Library’s Study Rooms (KL146, KL147, KL148, KL150, KL 151, KL152, KL100A, and KL100B) they are available on a first come first served basis.

Kresge library has many spaces available to use for study when the Medical Library spaces are busy. Please see their spaces and reservation system here: Kresge Library spaces.

No. The open tables in Kresge Library are available on a first come first served basis.

Access to Physical Resources

The print copies of the required and recommended course textbooks normally do not circulate and are in-library use only. If there is any special need for the books, please contact the Medical Library office at 313-370-3772 or
Students can also checkout older editions of textbooks on the third floor of Kresge Library. Search for them using the Select a Resource Search form using the Library OneSearch option.

No, bone sets can only be used in the library. They are located on the shelves in the collaborative study room.

The Kresge bone sets will be available for in-library use only from the main circulation desk on the second floor.

Access to Virtual Resources

The Medical Library has many databases in a wide variety of disciplines. Visit the Medical Library website Databases page for a complete list. The most relevant to the medical field are PubMed, Embase, Scopus, and Web of Science. In addition, there are a number of full-content clinical reference tools available (AccessMedicine, ClinicalKey, DynaMed Plus, UpToDate etc.) Schedule a Research Consultation for training on any of the library’s many resources.
Several of our databases have mobile apps you can download to your iPad or phone. The apps are available on our mobile resources page.

Library OneSearch on our main page search dropdown searches across multiple sources and is a good option for multi-disciplinary topics. For specific clinical questions, we suggest that you use full content clinical reference tools or evidence-based resources such as UpToDate, DynaMed, AccessMedicine, etc., which are not included in Library OneSearch.

Check out the list of supplemental anatomy resources for review and exam prep listed on the AFCP Course Guide. Students in previous classes have reported finding Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy and to be very helpful. We suggest checking the other resources listed on the guide to find the ones that best support your learning needs.

Several newspapers (e.g. New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Detroit Free Press) are available on the 4th floor of Kresge Library in the print journals area. Many newspapers are also accessible through several databases like Factiva.

The Medical Library has an extensive collection of print and online review resources. A reserve collection of review books is available in the Medical Library Quiet Study Room (KL102). Visit our subject guide on Review and USMLE Resources for more information and links to online Q banks.


Yes. There is a printer in the Medical Library Collaborative Study Room. It uses the same system as the O'Dowd printer, just select the Medical Library option to send your print to the Medical Library printer. For more information on printing, please see Printing Instructions It is important to make sure you are on the Grizznet_Secure wireless network for printing to work.

Each Medical Student is given $100 for print usage on their accounts.

No, you will log in with your OU credentials.

Poster printing services are available for student research conducted while registered as an OUWB student. Posters must be submitted to a minimum of seven days in advance. See more information on: Office of Research under "services".

Research Tools/Resources

If you are looking for Qualitative analysis software, we have two options available for you to use.
SPSS is available for all OU students to use from the OU apps store:
Go to MySail on Oakland's website and log in. In the right column is a link to the OU Appstore. Install the Apporto agent that allows download of the software. Access to two versions of SPSS is available. Here is a link to a tutorial for SPSS: SPSS Tutorial
Nvivo 12 is also available to use in the medical library on the two iMacs in the collaborative study room.
Here is a tutorial on how to get started: Nvivo12 Tutorial
OUWB can help with your analysis by requesting a Research consultation. Consultations are available for students who need assistance with the following: study design, IRB applications, creating data collection tools (quantitative and qualitative), data analysis, etc. Please submit an appointment request using this form: OUWB Statistical Consultation Request Form.

Yes. The Medical Library has EndNote available on the iMacs in the Collaborative Study room and also it is available for loan on a laptop you can take home for a two week loan. Stop by the Medical Library Office, during office hours, to borrow the EndNote laptop.

Yes. The Medical Library has the full Suite of Adobe Software available on one of the iMacs in the Collaborative Study Room. This includes: Photoshop, Acrobat, InDesign and more.

Yes. The Medical Library has licensed Covidence to help with Systematic Reviews. You can sign up for an account through OUWB here: OUWB Covidence Self Signup.
Please keep in mind that the link contains a one-time use 'Accept this invitation' button that will send you to a login page- please check your spam folder if the email doesn't arrive in a few minutes. From there, you simply need to sign in or sign up for a Covidence account. You will then be automatically linked to the organizational subscription and will need to login via going forward instead of the invitation link in the email.

Contacting Us

Students should contact their course director with any questions about courses or the curriculum. Contact one of our librarians or email with questions about library resources or literature searching.