News & Events

Come see the exhibit, Mental Health: A Complicated History, on display at Mervyn H. Sterne Library, just past the HUB desk on the entrance level. This exhibit discusses key themes such as the development of early diagnosis methods like the Rorschach inkblot test; the misdiagnosis of mental diseases for social or political reasons, such as in the case of female hysteria; an overview of PTSD and war-time trauma; the history of asylums, invasive treatments, psychoanalysis therapy, and more. Some of the unique UAB Libraries items featured include an electro-shock therapy machine (circa 1960s &70s); a first edition of the "Yellow Wallpaper" (1892), a short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman highlighting the controversial “rest cure” to combat female neurasthenia; a letter written by a World War I veteran showing his struggle with shell shock; and many other historical items. For the most part, exhibit spans the 19th and 20th centuries, but there are some references to earlier and later treatment of mental illness to provide additional context.

The exhibit will be on display through November 7, 2022. For more information on the exhibit and the materials display, please contact Peggy Balch, Curator of the Reynolds-Finley Historical Library

UAB selected as a top university, 1992

The Septembet Image of the Month from UAB Archives, UAB selected as a top university, 1992, has been posted.

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Join the UAB Libraries on September 13, 2022 at 1 p.m. for an introductory webinar covering the basics of alternative metrics (altmetrics) and the tools and data that Altmetric Explorer offers. Altmetric Explorer tracks thousands of online sources for mentions of articles, books, and chapters, recording each mention in real time. Citation data from Altmetric is also integrated into faculty profiles within the UAB Scholars and UAB Profiles systems. This workshop is sponsored by the UAB Libraries’ Office of Scholarly Communication.

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Registration for the Fall 2022 Business Research Toolkit opens on Monday, August 22nd

Registration for the Fall 2022 Business Research Toolkit opens on Monday, August 22nd. The dates for the toolkit course this semester are from Friday, September 9th- Thursday, October 27th. The Business Research Toolkit is a free, 7 week, asynchronous Canvas course open to all interested faculty, staff, and students. It provides an overview of basic business research skills and resources including free, online sources and UAB subscription databases. Please send any interested students to the online guide for more information. View Enlarged Flyer

A UAB student and 2 mounted police on the UAB campus.

The August Image of the Month from UAB Archives, Students and the UAB Mounted Police during an event for new students, 1998, has been posted.

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The 43rd Annual Reynolds-Finley Historical Lecture will be held on Friday, August 5, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. in UAB Volker Hall Lecture Room E. It will also be viewable online with the live link - "UAB Genomic Medicine" will be presented by Bruce R. Korf, MD, PhD, Associate Dean for Genomic Medicine, UAB Heersink School of Medicine; Chief Genomics Officer, UAB Medicine; and Wayne H. and Sara Crews Finley Endowed Chair in Medical Genetics, University of Alabama at Birmingham. A reception will follow. For more information, visit our lecture page.


In our commitment to inclusivity, the DEI Task Force of UAB Libraries commemorates July 1990, when the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) was passed. The ADA website states, “ADA guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to enjoy employment opportunities, purchase goods and services, and participate in state and local government programs.” Additional information for students can be found at both LHL and MHSL HUB desks, including flyers and swag items (while supplies last) for students, faculty, and staff to celebrate this critical legislation.

For more information visit UAB’s Disability Support Services or call 205-934-4205.

Building News.

We are excited to share that Sterne Library will undergo a major facelift thanks to furniture replacement on levels 1 and 3. During renovation (7/25-8/5), access to public computers and seating will be limited. Please ask the friendly staff at the service desk about:

  • Public workstations near windows on level 1 
  • Group study rooms
  • Single study rooms
  • Laptops for checkout
  • Alternative study spaces, such as Lister Hill Library

The July Image of the Month from UAB Archives, Visitor center at UAB welcomes visitors to campus and to Birmingham, 1988, has been posted.

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A new UAB Libraries Interlibrary Loan (ILL) webpage layout is coming! The new layout will include updated material request forms that will make it easier to submit ILL requests.