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It’s National Library Week!

National Library Week is an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities. The American Library Association began celebrating National Library Week in 1957 in an effort to motivate people to read and support the use of libraries. The 2023 celebration is the 65th anniversary of the first National Library Week celebration.

This year, National Library Week is April 23-29. The theme for the year is “There’s More to the Story.” Libraries are full of stories in a variety of formats from articles to ebooks to local histories. But there’s so much more to the story. . . Library services bring together communities for learning, connection, the advancement of knowledge, and so much more. Explore Lane Library’s Research Services to learn more about the ways we can support your research.

To celebrate National Library Week, we asked you to share your Lane Library stories! Here are a few stories from our friends at Stanford Medicine about how Lane Library impacted their lives:

“I worked at Lane Library over 25 years ago in the circulation department. When patrons would return pathologic dermatology books and journals, I would just pour over them. I couldn’t get enough! Fast forward to 2023, and I am now a registered nurse at Stanford Hospital, specializing in wound care. Thanks, Lane Library!”

– Elizabeth McCarthy

“Lane Library has been integral for allowing me to stay at the top of my clinical game. Last week, I needed to look up ~15 articles and was able to easily locate these historically hard to find articles from various pharmacy journals such as AJHP and Pharmacotherapy. Of course, Lane Library is also my “go to” for the common journals such as JAMA or NEJM. I access Lexi Comp and Micromedex drug reference regularly when reviewing medication interactions/or when my patients mention a strange side effect they are experiencing. Last year, I sent in a request to add the Pharmacist Letter to Lane Library. It is an indispensable resource and wonderful for getting no frills summary on a medication “hot” topic. Sonam and the Lane Library staff have been very helpful on so many fronts. I am so grateful to have a great librarian staff to partner with! Thank you so much!”

– Agnes

“I love the library! Whenever I need a quiet place to study, it’s my go-to spot. The cubicles located downstairs are perfect for me – they provide a serene atmosphere where I can focus on my studies without any distractions. I have spent many late nights studying there, and it always feels like a safe and welcoming place.

What makes the library even more special to me is the staff. They are always friendly and helpful, going above and beyond to ensure that I have everything I need. It’s thanks to their hard work and dedication that the library is such an incredible resource for the community.

I feel lucky to have the library in my life. It’s a place that has become a second home to me, and I’m grateful for all the great memories I’ve made there. Whether it’s studying for my board exams or just finding a quiet corner to read, I know I can always count on the library to be there for me.”

– Pooya

“I am humbled and delighted to share my experience at Lane Library. I started using this library when I was studying for my medical school board exam a year ago. It is a really quiet place to study. There are also more isolated study spots in the library, which give you more privacy and comfort when you want to focus during your study. On top of that, you can use the library for any kind of academic work, and the librarians are extremely pleasant and helpful. They will guide you in every aspect of library-related materials. If you need any kind of resource, such as a computer, headphones, books, etc., it will be available here. The working hours are very convenient. They work from 8 a.m. to 10p.m. on weekdays, and on weekends, they work from 12 to 6 p.m. Aside from that, there are really nice places where you can take short naps when you feel tired, plus there are outdoor places inside the library where you can study, have Zoom meetings, get fresh air, and eat your lunch. Over all, I recommend this place to study. Finally, I would like to pass on my special thanks to Katie Stinson, You-Ping Li, Marcos Figueroa, Jeff Codori, Nathalie, and other staff members for being very friendly, kind and helpful during my stay in the library.”

– SHC Staff

Want to share your story? Let us know how Lane Library supports your work, and enter to win a library tote bag! 

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