The University's nursing collection is housed in the Holman Biotech Commons, which serves the research, education, and clinical practice needs of the faculty, staff, and graduate and undergraduate students of the Nursing and Medical Schools, Biomedical Graduate Studies, and employees of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. This page focuses on the ways in which the nursing collection at the Holman Biotech Commons supports the academic programs of the School of Nursing as well as the professional practices of the nursing staff of the University of Pennsylvania Health Systems.
Nursing students are well served by access to the entire Libraries system, where they can become familiar with and use the collections of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, the Lippincott Library, and the other libraries on campus whenever appropriate. The Holman Biotech Commons collects scientific materials in nursing and related healthcare disciplines, while materials in the social sciences and other fields, especially public health and bioethics, are located throughout the Libraries system.
Collection development for nursing is undertaken dynamically in order to support evolving clinical practice and academic issues relevant to nurses across the University system. The entire spectrum of nursing activities is supported within the university collections: electronic and print textbooks and journals on nursing practice, research and education; advanced practice and research information in journal article citations from the CINAHL/Nursing database and Medline database; social sciences databases that offer information to support the psychosocial aspects of nursing research and practice. These are only a few of the many resources of interest to nursing that may be accessed both on campus and remotely by current students, faculty, and staff of the University and the University of Pennsylvania Health System via the Biotech Commons homepage.
In addition to the Library collection, The Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing has approximately 1,500 book titles that comprise half of the history of nursing records listed in the Franklin Online Catalog. The remaining titles are at the Holman Biotech Commons and the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center. The Bates Center is a resource for research that improves the quality and scope of historical scholarship on nursing and disseminate new knowledge on nursing history through education, conferences, publications, and inter-disciplinary collaboration. The Bates Center collects, processes, and catalogues a collection of primary historical materials and encourages and facilitates historical scholarship on healthcare history and nursing in the United States. In addition to its books, the Bates Center holds records and papers from hospitals, schools of nursing and nursing alumni associations, voluntary non-profit associations, professional and military associations, as well as of other groups and of individuals.