Take advantage of libraries where you work or rotate

As libraries begin reopening in your communities, we encourage you to use them for completing research, if you are comfortable doing so. Adding an additional study space beyond your home and your office may allow you to focus on coursework with minimal distractions.

“Perhaps the best resource to look into is a medical library which may be associated with your employment or, for clinical students, at the teaching hospital where you are completing rotations,” says Katie Sullivan, OUM’s Associate Librarian. “While there may be different privilege levels based on your position, most institutions allow for non-physician staff and current medical students to use their libraries,” she adds.

Some libraries require a letter of affiliation or introduction to use their services. An OUM introduction letter is on page 30 of the Library Guide, in Moodle’s Library page. Be aware that some libraries may charge a fee for computer usage or other technology resources, but most will not charge visitors to use their facility as study space.

Whether you study at a coffee shop, a park, or at a local library, remember to stay safe as COVID restrictions continue to lift.

Else Talbot (else.talbot@oum.edu.ws) and Katie Sullivan Phan (katie.sullivan@oum.edu.ws), OUM’s Library Staff, are always available to assist you in securing the information you need.

(June 2021)