Moody Medical Library Overview

Where We're Located

Moody Medical Library
914 Market Street
Galveston, TX 77555
(at the intersection of 9th & Market)

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When We're Open

Monday - Thursday, 7:00 am to midnight
Friday, 7:00 am to 9:00 pm
Saturday, 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Sunday, noon to 11:00 pm

Special Holiday Schedule


The University of Texas Medical Branch Moody Medical Library strives to be a safe, pleasant, and quiet place for research and study. Library users and staff are expected to conduct themselves in compliance with the guidelines below, which are considered appropriate standards within a research library environment.

The Library makes computers in public areas available to students, faculty, staff and the general public to provide access to library collections and other information resources to support the University’s education, research and patient care missions. The intent of these policies is to ensure that facilities and resources are used most effectively to benefit the greatest number of academic users.

  • Users should refrain from loud conversations and from any activity that may disturb other library users.
  • Library furniture should not be moved.
  • Use of library study rooms is limited to UTMB faculty, staff, and students.
  • Children under 16 years of age must be managed and under the supervision of an adult at all times.
  • UTMB is a non-smoking institution and smoking is prohibited anywhere on the UTMB campus.
  • Animals, except those who aid the physically disabled or are hired for services by Library Administration, are not allowed in the library.
  • If approved by Library Administration, posters and hand-bills may be placed on the library bulletin boards.
  • Bicycles and other personal transportation devices, except those which aid the disabled, are not permitted inside the building.

  • UTMB Institutional Handbook of Operating Procedures


  • UTMB students, faculty and staff have no limits to computer use.
  • Unaffiliated users (those without a UTMB badge or email user name and password) are limited to two hours within a 24-hour period. Government issued photo identification is required at the service desk and a staff member will use a guest login to provide access to the visitor. In periods of high demand, student, faculty and staff need for computers will receive first priority.
  • Children under the age of 16 must use the same computer assigned to their accompanying adult. The accompanying adult is responsible for the child’s use of the Internet.
  • The UTMB Guest wireless network is available to unaffiliated users. Users are required to register their device after connecting by opening a web browser and following the simple on-screen instructions.
  • Computer users may not install software on the public computers.
  • All computer users will comply with all UTMB policies and procedures, state and federal laws including copyright and resource licensing terms. Those not in compliance may be subject to legal, disciplinary or other appropriate actions including the loss of the use of the computers.
  • The library staff will determine appropriate computer use and interpret and enforce policies.

  • UTMB Institutional Handbook of Operating Procedures



Library users who violate the guidelines will be asked to comply or leave the premises. If necessary, the University Police will be called to assist in the enforcement of these standards.

The mission of the Moody Medical Library of the University of Texas Medical Branch is to advance the education, research, patient care and public service programs of the university by obtaining, applying and disseminating biomedical information and the tools for its management and use.

The context for achieving this mission is the vision of an environment in which individuals using personal computers in classrooms, offices, laboratories, hospitals, libraries and homes can access and obtain biomedical information when and where they need it, and in the format most appropriate to their need, regardless of where that information is located physically.

The Library has identified five major service roles to guide its strategic planning:

Comprehensive Library Information Support Center

The Library provides comprehensive information support services to a primary clientele that includes all who are engaged in teaching, patient care, research, administration, and public service at The University of Texas Medical Branch. The Library promptly provides clients with appropriate information in suitable formats, endeavoring to meet clients' needs as fully as possible. The Library provides access to information resources that are not a part of its collection via electronic and other networks. Services include preparing information products tailored to specific needs, screening and selection of information, providing in-depth consultation on information management issues, providing accurate answers to specific questions and assisting clients in the use of the Library, its resources and services.

Self-Service Information and Study Center

The Library provides self-service library research and study opportunities. It maintains hours of operation which reflect its commitment to meeting the needs of its clients. The building, collections and electronic information systems are designed and organized to facilitate unassisted use of the Library. Sufficient seating and work space are available to meet demands during peak periods. The Library's catalog and selected literature citation databases are available to remote sites via the campus communications network.

Information Resources Instruction Center

Library staff provide instruction in information acquisition and management skills. Staff teach clients who are using traditional library materials, bibliographic and other databases, the online catalog, and other electronic resources. Instruction is also provided in the use of personal productivity software to efficiently manage information. The Library prepares written materials to assist individuals in using the Library and its resources.

Key Health Science Resource Center for the National Information Community

The Library participates in, and ensures access to, national information networks. The Library and its staff are active participants in local, regional and national information networks and organizations. The Library participates in appropriate interlibrary lending networks and is a member of appropriate cooperative collection development programs.

Regional Health Information Support Center

The Library provides library information services regionally. The Library maintains an active outreach program for health professionals in Southeast Texas. The staff provide answers to brief, factual questions, provide online searches and documents for a fee, provide assistance in using the Library and make referrals to other information sources where appropriate. The Library provides consultation services to other libraries. The Library is open to the public and students from unaffiliated institutions. Clients not affiliated with The University may use materials in-house.

Information Desk

General Inquiries
(409) 772 - 2385
7:00 am - 10:30 pm | Mon - Fri

Ask a Librarian
(409) 772 - 2372
8 am - 5 pm | Monday - Friday

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