The UMDNJ - Smith Library serves all of the students, faculty and staff on the Newark campus and is the major research library in the health sciences for the state of New Jersey. Collection strengths are in medicine, dentistry, nursing and the allied health disciplines. The Smith Library collects in clinical and basic sciences specialties with an emphasis on the periodical literature. It has over 145,000 bound volumes of journals and monographs, currently receives over 1,600 health sciences journals and has over 3,600 audiovisual and microcomputer software programs. The Library is also a selective depository of U.S. government documents. Its holdings appear in OCLC (a major national bibliographic database), the New Jersey Union List of Serials (NJULS), and the Union Catalog of Medical Periodicals (UCMP).

The Journal Collection

Journals from 1988 to present are located on the upper level of the Library. The latest issues received are displayed on the slanted shelves next to the Serials Office. Select current issues are displayed on the slanted shelves at the top of the staircase. Bound volumes are shelved in the adjacent stacks. All journals are shelved alphabetically by title. Journals from 1955-1987 are on the lower level in the rear stacks. Journals dated prior to 1955 are located on the basement level.

The Book Collection

The circulating book collection, comprised of over 40,000 texts, is located on the Library's lower level. Books are arranged by call number. Check the Online Catalog for the correct call number. The Library also maintains a reserve collection, shelved behind the Circulation Desk. An extensive reference book collection, which includes many directories, dictionaries, bibliographies, and other such tools, is housed on the mezzanine level near the Information Desk.

The Online Catalog (University Libraries Health Information Network)

The George F. Smith Library provides its patrons with easy access to the library's in-house database of approximately 50,000 books, journal titles and audiovisual materials. The Online Catalog provides availability information of particular items such as if a book or journal has been checked out or is in the bindery. You can also search the collections of other UMDNJ campus libraries across the state. The online catalog is designed to help you locate library material with a variety of options. You can search by title, author, subject, keyword or a combination of all of the above. The Online Catalog can be searched using PCs located on the mezzanine and upper level of the library. The system can also be accessed remotely from your home or office. Instruction in the use of the online catalog is available during regular library hours.