Library History at FSU, Part 5: Maguire Medical Library

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Maguire Medical Library Study Space, 2016
Maguire Medical Library Study Space, 2016

The FSU College of Medicine was created in 2000 by legislative mandate to educate and develop exemplary physicians who practice patient-centered health care, discover and advance knowledge, and are responsive to community needs, especially through service to elder, rural, minority, and underserved populations. It was granted provisional accreditation in 2002 and received full accreditation in 2005. Prior to the arrival of the College of Medicine, medical education was taking place at FSU in various forms as far back as the 1970s.

The College was originally housed across Duxbury Hall, Montgomery Gym, several science buildings, and portable buildings. Between 2001 and 2002, the college moved into temporary facilities at the former FSU Developmental Research School. It was during this time that the Medical Library was established. It was housed in Duxbury Hall within the Student Learning Center of the College of Medicine. At the time, the collection consisted of 5,000 print books and 300 journal titles both in print and electronic formats. The Medical Library was “the first academic, medical library created since the Internet was formed.” (Medical Library, College of Medicine Annual Report 2002-03)

Duxbury Hall Shelving, 2002
Duxbury Hall Shelving, 2002

In 2003, ground broke for the new medical complex and the College of Medicine moved into the new facilities in 2004 . The medical library was dedicated in February of 2005 as the Charlotte Edwards Maguire Medical Library. Charlotte Edwards Maguire was the first woman in Orlando to operate her own private practice and later became a driving force of the College of Medicine at FSU.

Charlotte Edwards Maguire
Charlotte Edwards Maguire
Maguire Medical Library, 2008
Maguire Medical Library, 2008

Today, the Maguire Medical Library supports medical and biomedical sciences curriculum and research through a mostly digital collection. Medical librarians and specialized team members trained in meeting the needs of clinical medicine and the health sciences are on hand to provide instruction and research help. The Medical Library functions administratively under the College of Medicine, with frequent collaboration across the libraries.

Students enjoy the newly renovated Maguire Library, 2010
Students enjoy the newly renovated Maguire Library, 2010
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Published by Kacee Reguera

Heritage & University Archives Assistant Florida State University

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