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Coastal AHEC Health Sciences Library


 General Information


The Robert M. Fales Health Sciences Library of Coastal AHEC is a medical library serving all health professionals in New Hanover, Pender, Duplin, Columbus, and Brunswick Counties and affiliated health professions students. It is the largest health sciences library within 120 miles. The library is a part of Coastal AHEC, an educational and training not-for-profit private foundation. Its vision is to be the leading education, consultation, and information resource for health and human service providers in Southeast North Carolina.


 Monday - Thursday

 8:00am - 9:00pm


 8:00am - 8:00pm


 8:30am - 2:30pm


 2:00pm - 6:30pm


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The library is open to the public and all library materials are available for use within the library. Anyone may enter the library and read materials.

Health professionals in New Hanover, Pender, Duplin, Brunswick, Columbus, and portions of Bladen and Onslow Counties may borrow materials, request computer based literature searches, photocopy services and interlibrary loans, and receive classes and orientations.

over 4,500
over 330 journal subscriptions
Over 1,400 videotapes on various medical, health, mental health, and social topics.
*VCR and DVD players for viewing in the library.
Audiocassettes and CDs on various disciplines within medicine such as Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Orthopedics, Surgery, Ob-Gyn, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry. Audiocassettes offer continuing medical education credits to physicians.
*NCME (Network for Continuing Medical Education)
videotapes - an excellent resource which offers continuing medical education credits to physicians.
* Newspapers
National, state and local newspapers available.
* Book loans and Audiovisual loans
(you must register to borrow books) 2 week loan period
* Computer-based literature searches
* Interlibrary loans
Health professionals may request books or journal articles from another library.
* Photocopy service
A self-service coin operated photocopier is available. Copies are $.10 per page.

Library staff will locate and photocopy (within copyright laws) requested material for health professionals. $5.00 per article.

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The Library charges overdue fines of $.50/day for books and $1.00/day for audiovisuals

Photocopies and prints from microcomputer lab - $.10 each

Journal articles copied by the library staff - $5 each

For an explanation of journal article request fees, click here

Computer Lab
Our microcomputer lab contains these electronic resources:
database of over 3,800 bio-medical journals worldwide. Prepared by the National Library of Medicine.
(Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature) database of  journals and books. Current literature in nursing and allied health.
* HealthSTAR
database of 1,000 journals in health care administration. Prepared by the American Hospital Association.
* PsychInfo
covers the world’s literature in psychology
* Health & Wellness Resource Center
consumer health database of 500 pamphlets, book chapters, and easy to read magazine articles.
* Micromedex
computerized clinical information system (contains drug, toxicology, poison, and reproductive risk information)
* STAT! Ref 
electronic library of 31 medical textbooks
* Up-To-Date
current medical information pertaining to patient care and disease management.
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Consumer Health 

Our library has a limited number of books and resources written in easy-to-read medical language for the general public. New Hanover County Public Library has the largest single collection of health materials for the general public in North Carolina. Their collection includes 3,000 books, 250 videotapes, and an extensive pamphlet and clipping file. 


This page was last updated on October 31, 2006