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The C.S. O'Brien Library

The C. S. O'Brien Library provides published medical information needed to support the teaching, research and clinical practice needs of faculty, fellows, residents, and other staff of the University of Iowa's Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.

The collection encompasses the literature of ophthalmology and the eye and closely related health care fields.

Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences personnel may check out most library materials for 4 weeks. Periodicals may be checked out overnight. The general public may use library materials on site. A photocopy machine is provided so that removing materials should not be necessary.

The O'Brien Library is a part of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and is not affiliated with the University of Iowa library system. The Hardin Library for the Health Sciences is also on the UI campus. Ophthalmology & Visual Science Department staff have borrowing privileges from any University of Iowa Library using a University of Iowa staff ID card or your hospital badge.

The C. S. O'Brien Library cannot fulfill requests for photocopies of articles from persons unaffiliated with the Department because it may be a violation of copyright. Possible alternatives for obtaining copies of articles are listed below:

  • The Interlibrary Loan Department of your local library is the least expensive alternative. Most college and university libraries extend this service to faculty, staff and students. Many public libraries provide articles for very low fees.
  • The National Network of Medical Libraries' Lonesome Doc Services
  • CISTI (Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information)
  • A more extensive list of document delivery services is available from the University of Utah's Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library.

Comments or Questions to:

Patricia (Trish) Duffel, Librarian
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242-1091

Monday - Friday, 8am to 5pm Central Time, closed on State of Iowa holidays