General Library Information
Art Exhibits and Community Exhibits
The library offers three or four art exhibits or community exhibits each year. Community exhibits are for nonprofit health organizations to promote their mission, particularly those who are Grossmont Healthcare District grant recipients.
Local nonprofit health organizations that have art programs are encouraged to apply to display their works at the library.
East County artists who reside within the Grossmont Healthcare District boundaries are invited to submit an application for an exhibit. The exhibit typically lasts for two to three months. Depending on the size of the art work, 10-20 paintings are required to fill the available exhibit space. For more information, please click here for our policy and application form.
A stainless steel outdoor book return is located in front of the library door for books and DVDs to be returned when the library is closed.
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 show you how to use our online catalog and how to find things on the shelves. The library uses the National Library of Medicine’s classification system. An outline highlighting major health topics and their call numbers is available online, and a paper poster is posted at the end of the book shelves.
|Books||3 weeks (1 renewal for an additional 3 weeks)|
|eBooks||3 weeks (1 renewal for an additional 3 weeks)|
|Audiobooks||3 weeks (1 renewal for an additional 3 weeks)|
|Medical DVDs||3 weeks (1 renewal for an additional 3 weeks)|
|Popular Movies and Documentaries||1 week (1 renewal for an additional week)|
|Streaming Video||3 weeks (1 renewal for an additional 3 weeks)|
|Magazines & newsletters(except current issue)||3 weeks (1 renewal for an additional 3 weeks)|
Books, eBooks & Audiobooks
The library has approximately 2.000 print books, the majority of which may be checked out by library card holders. The Children’s Section includes over 80 books on health topics for various ages. Reference books are available for use in the library. The library has a growing number of ebooks and audiobooks available on OverDrive.
DVDs & Streaming Video
- Over 200 medical videos provide patient education on a variety of health topics.
- Almost 200 documentaries provide a more personalized view of health conditions.
- Over 500 popular movies (“Hollywood movies”) provide entertainment with a health or medical theme as part of the story.
- Online “streaming” video is available on the OverDrive platform.
Magazines and Newsletters
There are approximately 70 print magazines, newsletters, and newspapers available for use in the library. Click here for the full list. Articles may be photocopied for personal use. Flipster, an online collection of magazines debuted in August 2020 and can be accessed from a computer or mobile device.
Anatomical Models and Charts
There are large anatomy charts and 18 models for use in the library. The models include a full-size skeleton (his name is Mr. Bones!), acupuncture points, brain, diabetes, ear, elbow, eye, foot, hand, heart, hip, hypertension, knee, mini-torso, shoulder, teeth, thyroid disease, and vertebrae degeneration (osteoporosis). All have detailed keys that explain the parts.
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. These are available to use in the library.
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 staff participates in local health fairs to promote Herrick Library services to the community. The Library Director is available to speak at local meetings and give presentations about the Library or about searching for reliable health information online.
Computers and Internet
The library has 10 computer workstations (8 PCs and 2 macs) 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 each computer. The library’s Internet Use Policy is posted at the computers.
The library also offers wireless (WiFi) for personal laptops and other devices.
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. Reservations are handled by the Grossmont Healthcare District Administration Office. Click here for information.
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. Scanning and faxing are not available.
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.
Medical memorabilia, historical medical books, and a few Native American healing artifacts are on permanent display. 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 call (619-825-5010) to speak to the Library Director before bringing in any materials.
Feature Film (Movie)
On pause due to COVID-19. The library offers free monthly movies with films from our collection that include a health topic. They are shown in the Grossmont Healthcare District’s Conference Center on the fourth Wednesday of the month* at 11:30 a.m. There is seating for 65 people, and all attendees must be 18 years or older. Popcorn and bottled water are served. RSVP is not required.
* 4th Wednesday January to October; no film in November; 2nd Wednesday in December
Fines & Fees
• There are no overdue fines.
• Overdue reminders will be sent by email or mail.|
• Overdue items must be returned before checking out additional items.
• Lost or damaged item fee: the current price plus $10.00 processing fee (nonrefundable).
• Cash is the preferred form of payment, but checks are accepted for lost or damaged items.
• Returned check fee: $25.00
Starting June 1, 2021, the Library is reopening at reduced operating hours:
Monday: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 1:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Thursday: 1:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The library is closed Sunday and all California State Holidays.
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. Cards are issued for two years and may be renewed if there are no outstanding overdue, lost, or damaged items.
The Library has two meeting 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 Request form 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 13 people.
Meeting Room: Comfortable room with chairs to accommodate up to 23 people. Up to four 6 ft. long rectangular tables may be set up if needed. Room includes a TV/display monitor and DVD player.
Study Rooms: Two small rooms with seating for up to 3 people are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Movie (Feature Film)
Paused due to COVID-19. The library offers free monthly movies with films from our collection that include a health topic. They are shown in the Grossmont Healthcare District’s Conference Center on the fourth Wednesday of the month* at 11:30 a.m. There is seating for 65 people, and all attendees must be 18 years or older. Popcorn and bottled water are served. RSVP is not required.
* 4th Wednesday January to October; no film in November; 2nd Wednesday in December
The library publishes a quarterly newsletter that is mailed to library cardholders and others who request it. It is also available in PDF format on our website. It includes the library director’s event highlights, topics and dates for upcoming films and Wellness Wednesday health talks, a list of books and DVDs recently added to the collection, a feature article on a health topic, and art 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).
Pamphlets and Brochures
Free brochures and pamphlets on a wide variety of health topics and services provided by local health-related nonprofit organizations 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 Library and Grossmont Healthcare District Conference Center. The availability of parking is not guaranteed. There is street parking along Wakarusa Street, but it is limited to two hours.
For the courtesy and safety of all who use the Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, we ask that you comply with the following patron policies:
- Borrowing Policy
- Computer Use Policy (A revision is in effect limiting computer use to two hours per person per day due to reduced operating hours and sanitizing workstations between users.)
- Internet Use Policy
- Gifts and Donations Policy
- Reference and Research Request Policy
- Patron Behavior Policy
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 printer/copy machine. Scanning and faxing are not available.
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 by phone (619-825-5010) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
Two study rooms with seating for up to 3 people are available on a first-come, first-served basis. See the section on Meeting Rooms for information on our larger rooms that may be reserved by eligible health-related nonprofit organizations or public agencies.
Due to COVID-19, health talks are being held online via Zoom and registration is required. All adults (18 years and older) are welcome to attend our monthly Wellness Wednesday health talk. A presentation is given on a health topic by a guest speaker or the Library Director. Discussion is encouraged, and handouts are provided. [When it is safe to meeting in person again, the meetings are held in the Grossmont Healthcare District’s Conference Center (across the courtyard from the library) 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. Click here for the current flyer.
The library offers free wireless (WiFi) for personal laptops and other devices.
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.