Our library consists of two sections: One each for scientific journals and books. The sections are divided in space, since they are housed in separate adjacent rooms. Both rooms are well lit and can also be used for small meetings in peace and behind closed doors.

We have at least partial records of 128 journals, of which 14 are currently maintained by subscriptions. The book library contains about 1200 books, almost all of which were published in the 20th century. They span a wide range of subject matters from Ophthalmology to Mathematics, and from Computers to Strabismus. Our collection also contains several “gems” from the 19th century, some even in French, Spanish or German. The journal library is equipped with a computer with Internet access, so that literature search in the library can be interleaved with working on line. To round things up, the facility also has a printer and copier.

The Smith-Kettlewell library has been enriched through generous donations of books and journals from prominent ophthalmologists and researchers.

To get copies of papers through Inter-Library Loans, email your request to Kathy Kimber at the Health Sciences Library: or phone her at (415) 600-3240.