Learning Resources

Resources include: print books and journals, plus a multitude of E-Resources (books, journals, and databases), reference/research papers, audio tapes, videos & players, articles, computers, laser printer and photocopier.

The Library Study and Research Center (SD)

Located in the front of the library reading room are study tables and book stacks including built-in cabinets for research papers. The print collections of over 25,000 items includes medical sciences books, over 60 journal titles, a non-print collection of over 1,200 CDs, DVDs and videos, and E-Resources of Databases, E-Books and E-Journals of over 140,000 items. The Reference books are located at the front desk. A Special Classics Collection of Chinese language monographs is located in the front of the reading room. The General Medical Collection is in the open stacks with Journals in the last two ranges. There are 2 Tutoring Rooms plus an Herbal Study Lab in progress.

Computer and Media Center (SD)

Digital Technology, Computer Devices and Internet access are essential at PCOM. The Library has eleven Internet based computers (PC and Macs) and two video, CD/DVD players, for students in the Media Center, plus four at the Front Desk. In addition, WIFI access is available for laptop users 24/7. The College provides students with free e-mail service. The computers are used for E-Database searching, Internet access to health information, to write papers and reports and to study from preloaded CDROM educational programs. The Media video collection is in the back. The CD and DVD collections, including the CD Journal of Chinese Medicine are at the front desk.

Library Online Catalog

There is a public computer at the front desk for online catalog access. The online catalog provides lookup capabilities to books, journals, videos, CDs, DVDs, audiotapes and research papers. It is also accessible off-campus via the Internet and any on-campus computers. Materials are searched by title, author, subject or keyword. It’s best to click off the exact button, to maximize search results. Library staff helps users find materials and how to use the system. The webpage is continually updated and revised.

Webpage and E- Resources (EBooks, EJournals, Databases and Mobile Device Too)

The College’s E-Resources are available to users on or off-campus from the Library Webpage. The E-Resources include Online Journals, Databases and EBook collections of textbooks. There are over 200 links for Databases A-Z & Popular databases. Click Online journals to access over 4.500 titles with full text. Click on EBooks for the Ebrary Academic Complete Collection, OVID eBooks of TCM and links to Online Medical Books. Ebrary has over 140,000 textbooks, including general education, life sciences, medical, massage therapy,

alternative and integrative medicine. The OVID eBooks of TCM includes over 100 major books from the People’s Medical Publishing House. These collections are searchable by keyword, subject, title or author. For example, you can select a title, open the book and view and select chapters to download, read, print or study. The EBooks portal links to Online Medical Books and dissertation style guides. Off-campus access to proprietary systems such as Ebrary, OVID EBooks, ProQuest and others require user Login at the Secure Site or access codes.

Online Tutorials for Database Searching includes PCOM Health Information Literacy tutorials, the Online Catalog and the NLM Quick Tours section. Hands-on training and Health Information Literacy Workshops include search skills, citation formats for research papers, dissertations, mobile devices and apps.

The Online Catalog is open to public access searching for print and non-print materials including Books, Journals, Media- CD, DVDs Videos, and Anatomical models that can be borrowed or requested.

The Digital Materials Registry and Doctoral Aids includes Bibliographic Citation Aids such as the APA Style Manual, Zotero, paper preparation Guides, Copyright, Capstone forms, completed Doctoral Capstone Projects, and Faculty Publications from the three campuses.

Books-Print Collections

Books are cataloged in the Library of Congress (LC) classification system. Use the catalog to look up an author, title, keyword or subject heading. Books are arranged by LC call number on the shelves. Library staff helps users locate items.

Required Texts

Required and recommended texts for each semester are available in the library at the Reference/Circulation Desk. Reference copies can be borrowed for 2 hours. If the library has more than one copy, the extra copies can be borrowed.


Current and classic Journals of Chinese medicine, health sciences and alternative therapies are located in the library’s back two shelf ranges. They are shelved alphabetically by Title. Journals DO NOT circulate, but copies of articles can be made.

Reference/Research Articles

The library maintains a special collection of research articles and brochures which are located in the cabinets left of the front entrance in black library file boxes. They do NOT circulate, but copies can be made. Student Research papers written by upper division students are available for checkout. They are sources for bibliographies on research topic subjects. These papers are searchable A to Z in the Online Catalog

Chinese Language Collection

This outstanding, unique collection of Chinese Medical Classics, mostly in Mandarin, is available for students and faculty. The Dr. Richard Yeh collection of Chinese medical classics was donated to the college and special rare books have been purchased over the years. The library also has Chinese language periodicals.

Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery (ILL)

The Pacific College of Health and Science Library is a member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and is part of the DOCLINE Interlibrary Loan system of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at NIH. This service enables the PCOM library to provide journal articles from PubMed and other source unavailable in our library collection. The library accepts ILL requests for students, faculty and staff affiliated with PCOM. We first try for Free, if not then the NN/LM lending fees are only $11 to $15 per journal article or book. Loansome Doc ILLs capabilities can be made for PCOM faculty and alumni and other libraries upon request. Delivery is through e-mail or fax, and payment can be made through the EFTS payment mechanism. Requests may be made by email, fax or DOCLINE (CAUJKV). FAX and RUSH services are available for an additional $5.00 fee. To view the PCOM holdings list, click Journals on the side bar to the left.

Media Collection – Audio/Video Tapes, CD and DVD Software

Videotapes are arranged by number on shelves in the back of the library. Audio tape sets (i.e., Pacific Symposium) are arranged by date. A VCR with headphone is available at the front desk.

The library has an extensive CD and DVD collection of journals, educational programs, lectures, and study materials, which can be requested at the Reference Front Desk. The DVD collection also includes the Pacific Symposium presentations.

Clinic Checkouts

If you are working in the clinic as an intern, you need to view OSHA and HIPPA CDs which are available at the front desk. You must sign your name and the book’s title on the Momentary Check-out form at the Circulation Desk. The CDs must be returned at the end of your shift.


All student computers in the library are connected to a copy printer. The cost of printing is $.10 per page. Print materials can be picked-up and paid for at the Reference Desk.

Borrowing Privileges-Checkout

All enrolled students and faculty have borrowing privileges. Checkout period is for two weeks for printed materials. Non-print materials one-week. Doctoral students have extended borrowing. Books and non-print materials may be renewed once. Reference materials DO NOT circulate.

Overdue Fines

Overdue fines are $0.25 per day for books and $0.50 per day for non-print materials. If an item is lost, there is an assessment of $15.00 PLUS the cost of replacing the item. All fines must be paid before users are allowed to check out additional items. Also, unpaid fines can lead to denial of transcripts or other administrative requests. Users can ask staff to verify that a returned item is recorded. Materials may also be returned in the book return box in the library lobby or after hours through the mail slot on the front door.


  • The Librarian and the student assistants are here to help you. Please feel free to approach them with any questions or suggestions you may have. The staff will provide special assistance to handicapped library users.
  • Leave library materials used in the reading room on the re-shelve cart next to the circulation desk or on the library study tables. Do not try to reshelve them.
  • The Tutoring rooms are available for groups, when not in use. Ask at the front desk.
  • No food items or open cups are allowed under any circumstances in the library. Water bottles or secure cups are permitted in the library.