About Us

The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library is operated by the Grossmont Healthcare District to help meet the health information needs of local residents. It is a free public library specializing in health-related materials.

The Library provides books, DVDs, pamphlets, magazines, newsletters, online resources, and its website with extensive links to reliable sources for all major health topics. A growing digital collection of ebooks, online magazines, and streaming video is available 24/7 from anywhere with a library card. There are 10 public computers (8 PCs and 2 macs). 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 the health and medical information they need. 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

Head Librarian: Holland Kessinger, MLIS

Holland holds a Masters of Library and Information Science degree and has over 15 years experience as a professional librarian. Being a solo librarian at MOPA introduced her to all aspects of running a library, and her time at the San Diego Public Library saw her providing a wide variety of library services and programs to a large, diverse community. Her job prior to Herrick Library was as Supervising Librarian at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego Library where she managed daily operations of the Depot Library, supervised staff, and implemented many exciting library programs. Holland enjoys attending the track meets and school theater productions of her two teenagers, and taking care of two fluffy white cats, Gilligan and Skipper. She is an avid reader, loves the ocean and live music, and just recently took up archery.

Library Assistants

  • Chelsea
  • Connor
  • Phyllis
  • Shayla
  • Sue
  • Susan

The library assistants will answer your questions about the library and will help you obtain reliable resources to meet your health information needs.

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.