Association of Academic Health Science Libraries

About AAHSL

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) supports academic health sciences libraries and directors in advancing the patient care, research, education, and community service missions of academic health centers through visionary executive leadership and expertise in health information, scholarly communication, and knowledge management.

AAHSL promotes the success of its members through relevant programming and services; benchmarking; advocacy; partnerships with like-minded organizations; and the development of a community of colleagues.

Organizational Identity

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) comprises of the libraries serving the accredited U.S. and Canadian medical schools belonging to or affiliated with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

It includes other related libraries and organizations that lead in resolving information and knowledge management problems in the health care environment. 

The organization was founded in 1977 as the Association of Academic Health Sciences Library Directors (AAHSLD). Beginning in 1996, the directors of medical school libraries formed the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL), a new organization with a mission similar to that of AAHSLD but with a greater scope of activities. 

AAHSL is a member of the Council of Faculty and Academic Societies (CFAS) of the AAMC.


New for 2019

AAHSL’s new membership year is October 1–September 30 after the bylaws change was approved by the members in November 2018. 

Renewal for the new membership year will open 60 days prior to September 30, 2019. When the renewal period reopens for the October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2020 membership year, the dues will return to their full rates listed below:

  • Full (US Medical Schools with Full LCME Status): $2,400
  • Canadian Full: $900
  • Associate (LCME Preliminary Status): $900
  • New Medical School Libraries (LCME Applicant or Candidate Status): $500
  • Developing Medical School: $0
A 3% processing fee will now apply to all member dues paid by credit card; if you intend to pay by credit card, please call the office once you have received your invoice and we will process your payment.

HSL Director Job Board

AAHSL members may post director-level openings for free! Send position details to the AAHSL office.

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