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
Rachelle joined our team as Library Director in January 2020. Prior to this, she worked at the Kresge Library serving The Scripps Research Institute and Scripps Green Hospital for 21 years, progressing up the ranks to become Library Manager in 2015 and Library Director in 2017. She is excited about the change from the research and clinical side of health to a more public-facing role, helping residents with their health information and education needs. Rachelle has a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University and a B.S. in Biological Sciences from State University of New York at Brockport.
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.