Library resource sharing and the Medical Library Center of New York


  • Patricia E. Gallagher Librarian, National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD



Medical Library Center of New York, History, Resource Sharing, New York City, Interlibrary Loan, Erich Meyerhoff, Biography, Festschrift, Medical Library Association


The creation of the Medical Library Center of New York (MLCNY) was a significant contribution to the history of health sciences librarianship as a model for cooperative, democratic, and practical solutions to the issues of storage and resource sharing. The MLCNY’s founding director, Erich Meyerhoff, was a key figure in the successful start-up and ongoing operations of the center, which operated from 1960–2003 and served the greater New York area and beyond. This essay traces the evolution of the center including the creation of the Union Catalog of Medical Periodicals and the demise of the center occasioned by changes in scholarly publishing, technology, and constituent needs.


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