Dr William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library
Grossmont Healthcare District - A Public Agency Serving San Diego's East County Region

About Us

The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library is supported by the Grossmont Healthcare District to meet the health information needs of local residents. It is a comprehensive consumer health library that is free, open to the public, and accessible via the Internet.

The Library provides access to the latest health and medical information from authoritative and reliable sources, in both print and electronic formats. The collection includes books, magazines, newsletters, pamphlets, DVDs, models, charts, online computer databases, and its website with extensive links covering all major health topics.

The Herrick Library is a public library and offers many free services. It has 10 public computers (8 PCs and 2 iMacs). Library cards are issued with appropriate ID to community residents as well as those who work, go to school, or have health-related ties to the Grossmont Healthcare District (East County region of San Diego).

The staff is trained to help users find materials to satisfy their health information needs. For those who want to find basic health information online and are confused where to start, go to the Reliable Health Links page and click on MedlinePlus or one of the other websites linked there.

About the Library Staff

Library Director

Kathy Quinn
Kathy joined the Herrick Library in February 2007. She received her Master's degree in Library and Information Science (MLS) in 1992 from Dominican University in the Chicago area. Prior to joining the Herrick Library, she worked in a variety of corporate libraries. Kathy has experience conducting brief and in-depth research, training users on a variety of information resources, managing projects, and providing excellent customer service.

Library Assistants

Susan Davis
Joanne Greenwell
Suzanne Petrofsky

Our dedicated library assistants have been trained to help you obtain reliable resources to meet your health information needs. In addition to performing their routine duties expertly, each has special talents they bring to the library. Joanne's expertise is in cataloging. Jackie manages the library's journals and newsletters. Susan works on a variety of special projects. Sue maintains the library website, designs library publications, and creates the library newsletter.

About Dr. William C. Herrick

The Library is named in memory of the late Dr. William C. Herrick, who served as a member of the Grossmont Healthcare District board of directors from November 1994 until the time of his death in March 1998. Dr. Herrick devoted his life to the improvement of the Grossmont Healthcare District and to the health of residents of San Diego's East County. He was the director of the Pathology Department at Sharp Grossmont Hospital. In recognition of his dedication to excellence in medicine, he received the Grossmont Hospital Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Herrick was a lifelong advocate of physical fitness. He initiated a youth tennis program in San Diego, and in 1969, he ran in the Boston Marathon.

  • Director of the Grossmont Hospital Pathology Department, 1961-1996
  • Chair of the Continuing Medical Education Department, 1963-1993
  • Founder of El Cajon Valley Hospital, 1967
  • Member of the State Board of Health, 1967
  • President of the San Diego County Medical Society, 1971
  • Member of the Grossmont Hospital Foundation board of directors, 1990-1996
  • Member of the Grossmont Healthcare District board of directors, 1994-1998

Disclaimer: The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library provides public access to a wide range of health and medical information and is not a substitute for medical advice. You are advised to consult with your physician or other health care professional concerning specific questions or to obtain medical advice.

The links found on this website do not constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, its affiliates, or individuals. We are not responsible for and do not sanction the information contained in websites linked from this site.


We'd love to hear from you, please contact us with questions, comments, or suggestions.

9001 Wakarusa Street
La Mesa, CA 91942

Phone: 619.825.5010
Fax: 619.825.5011


Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 9 AM – 8 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM – 5:30 PM
Thursday: 9 AM – 5:30 PM
Friday: 9 AM – 5:30 PM
Saturday: 8 AM – 12 noon
Sunday: Closed