A stainless steel outdoor book return is located in front of the library door to allow book returns when the library is closed. When the library reopens, the books will be checked in with the previous day's date.
The library is free and open to the public. Library cards are available to people who live, work, attend school, or have health-related ties to the Grossmont Healthcare District (East County Region of San Diego). You must show picture identification and verification of your current address. Click here to see if your home address is in the Grossmont Healthcare District.
A catalog of the library's holdings is available on our website. The staff is available to teach you how to use our online catalog. The library uses the National Library of Medicine's classification system. An outline highlighting major health topics and their call numbers is posted at the end of the book shelves.
|Books||2 weeks (1 renewal for an additional 2 weeks)|
|Clinical Videos||2 weeks (1 renewal for an additional 2 weeks)|
|Popular Movies||1 week (no renewal)|
The library's print collection consists of approximately 1,500 books, the majority of which may be checked out by library card holders. Additional materials for use only in the library include reference books, encyclopedias, directories, journals, newsletters, and anatomy models and charts.
Electronic and Audiovisual
Clinical videos providing patient education on a variety of health topics and popular movies with health themes are available in DVD format.
The Herrick Library also displays its small collection of medical memorabilia and historical medical books donated by health care professionals. Historical medical equipment and numerous medical instruments are on exhibit.
East County History
The Library has a small collection of books related to East County history, as well as books written by well-known East County residents.
Please speak to any of the library staff or leave a note in our Suggestion Box if you have ideas to improve our collection.
Community Information Kiosk
A display kiosk is located in the first alcove next to the copy machine. Information about nonprofit community health events, workshops, programs, and support groups are regularly updated.
The library offers free, one-time, one-hour computer lessons for our patrons.
- Computer Basics - Get started using a computer including identifying the parts of a computer, how to turn the computer on and off, and how to use the mouse.
- Internet Introduction - How to maneuver around the Internet and become familiar with search engines.
- Email Basics - How to create your own free email account and how to send and receive email.
- Health Information - How to extract valuable health information from the library's databases.
- Word Processing - Explores the fundamentals and tools involved with making documents on the computer.
Our one-on-one lessons provide hands-on experience. They are free to residents of the Grossmont Healthcare District. Call to reserve a space: (619) 825-5010.
Computers and Internet
The library has 10 computer workstations (8 PCs and 2 iMacs) for free public use. All are equipped with high-speed Internet access and Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Refer to the “Printer” section for information about making printouts. Headphones are available at the front desk. The library's Internet Use Policy is posted at the computers or can be read here.
The library also offers wireless Internet access for personal laptops and other devices that have this capability. Please ask the library staff for the current password.
The James G. Stieringer Conference Center, located across the courtyard from the library, has a 65-seat auditorium. It may be reserved for use by eligible health-related nonprofit organizations and public agencies. Call the Grossmont Healthcare District Administration Office to make a reservation: (619) 825-5050.
A copy machine is available to make copies and computer printouts. The cost is $0.10 per page for black-and-white copies and $0.25 per page for color copies. Cash is the only accepted form of payment, with limited change available. The library supports the Medical Library Association's position that the rights of users to copy materials for their own education and research are guaranteed under the fair-use clause of copyright law. An explanation of this policy is posted over the copy machine.
The library is fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The parking lot has four handicap parking spaces. Refer to the section “Reference Services” to find out how health information packets can be requested by phone. Special arrangements may be made with the Library Director for books to be checked out longer than the normal two-week period.
The library has on display 3-D anatomical models of the heart, brain, eye, ear, torso, and a life-size skeleton with detailed keys that explain the parts. Also on display are medical memorabilia, historical medical books, and Native American healing artifacts. A focal point in the main room of the library is “Life of Kumeyaay: Remembering the Past,” a painting by nationally-known artist Gene Locklear. A portrait of Dr. William C. Herrick also hangs in the main room. Other paintings, prints, and photographs are located in the library's conference and study rooms.
The Library accepts donations on a selective basis. Please click here to read the Donation Policy, or call to speak to the Library Director before bringing in any materials.
The library regularly hosts exhibits produced by local nonprofit health-related organizations or East County artists. Please contact the Library Director if you are interested in exhibiting.
Fines & Fees
- Overdue fines on all materials: $0.25 per day per item, $15.00 maximum per item.
- Cash is the only accepted form of payment, with limited change available.
- Library cards will not be renewed until all fines are paid.
- Borrowing privileges are suspended if fines and fees combined are in excess of $5.00.
- Lost or damaged item fee: $10.00 processing fee (nonrefundable) plus the price of the item.
- Returned check fee: $25.00 (checks accepted only to pay for lost or damaged items)
9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday
9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon Saturday
The library is closed Sunday and Monday, and all California State Holidays.
Inter-Library Loans (ILL)
The Library is an associate member of the Serra Cooperative Library System in order to obtain items that are not part of our collection. Patrons may request a maximum of three books or articles per month through ILL. There is no expense involved if the book/article can be found locally. If it is not available locally and the patron is willing to pay $3 in advance, Serra will search outside sources. There may be additional charges from the lending library.
Library cards are available to people who live, work, attend school, or have health-related ties to the Grossmont Healthcare District (East County Region of San Diego). You must show picture identification and verification of your current address. You may check here to see if your home address is in the Grossmont Healthcare District. Cards are issued for two years and may be renewed if there are no outstanding fines.
The Library has two meetings rooms that may be reserved for use by eligible health-related nonprofit organizations and public agencies. Call or email the Library to determine availability. A Facility Use Agreement must be signed and approved prior to the first meeting.
Conference Room: Small, glass-walled room with a rectangular table and eight chairs. Additional chairs may be added to accommodate up to 12 people.
Doctors Lounge: Comfortable room with four cushioned chairs, a round table with seating for six, and a TV/VCR/DVD. Additional chairs may be added to accommodate up to 18 people.
Two study rooms with seating for up to 3 people are available on a first-come first-served basis.
The library offers free monthly movie matinees with feature films that include a health topic. They are shown in the library's Doctors Lounge, on the fourth Wednesday of the month* at 12:00 noon. Seating is limited, and all attendees must be 18 years or older. Popcorn and beverages are served. RSVP is not required.
* January - October; no meeting in November; 2nd Wednesday in December
The library publishes a quarterly newsletter that is mailed to library cardholders and others who request it. It includes the library director's program highlights, topics and dates for upcoming Movie Matinees and Senior Discussion Group meetings, list of new books and DVDs, a feature article on a health topic, and exhibit information. It also includes a list of organizations that use the Library meeting rooms for meetings that are open to the public (some require registration).
The library staff participates in exhibits at local health fairs to promote library services to the community. The Library Director is available to speak at local meetings and give presentations about the Library and health resources.
Pamphlets and Brochures
Free brochures and pamphlets on a variety of health topics are available. They are located in the first alcove, near the copy machine.
Free parking is available in our parking lot for library patrons and those attending meetings at the Grossmont Healthcare District Conference Center. The availability of parking is not guaranteed. The lot is also shared with the adjacent City of La Mesa Briercrest Park. There is street parking along Wakarusa Street, but it is limited to three hours. There is a pay parking lot across the street at the Brier Patch facility.
A printer/copy machine is available to make computer printouts and copies. The cost is $0.10 per page for black-and-white copies, and $0.25 per page for color copies. Cash is the only accepted form of payment, with limited change available. The library supports the Medical Library Association's position that the rights of users to copy materials for their own education and research are guaranteed under the fair-use clause of copyright law. An explanation of this policy is posted over the copy machine.
Reference and Research Services
The library staff is trained to assist the public in finding reliable health information, using both electronic resources and the general collection. Health information packets can be requested via the telephone (619-825-5010) by residents of the Grossmont Healthcare District who may have difficulty traveling to the library. The library staff is able to perform limited research for district residents which can be mailed or emailed at no charge. All of our resources are available for use in the library by the public.
Senior Discussion Group
All adults (18 years and older) are welcome to our monthly Senior Discussion Group meetings. A presentation is given on a health topic by a guest speaker or the Library Director. Discussion is encouraged, and handouts are provided. The meetings are held in the library's Doctors Lounge on the fourth Wednesday of the month* from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Light refreshments are served. RSVP is not required.
* January - October; no meeting in November; 2nd Wednesday in December
Two study rooms with seating for 3 people are available on a first-come first-served basis.
The library offers wireless Internet access for personal laptops and other devices that have this capability. Please ask the library staff for the current password.
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.