Thursday, December 3, 2015

2nd Annual Food for Fines Drive

The Food for Fines program will run from December 2 to December 14, 2015. During this time period the Pumerantz Library will waive $1 worth of outstanding fines on your Library account for every one non-perishable or canned food item. There is no limit on how much you may donate.

The Food for Fines program only applies to Pumerantz Library fines only, it may not be applied to replacement or damaged items fees or charges from other WesternU entities.

All food items collected will be donated to the 2nd Chance Thrift Store, a non-profit community outreach organization, that benefits several sober living home facilities in Pomona.

For more information contact us at 909-469-5323 or by email at

Monday, October 19, 2015

Fake Doctors Real Problems

Share your thoughts in the comments section about how fake doctors address real world problems. As seen in the October 2015 issue of Stacked!

J and K Virtual Reality Learning Center

Anatomage Image
The Pumerantz Library is the home to the J and K Virtual Reality Learning Center (VRLC). Within the VRLC are four pieces of instructional tech, Anatomage, zSpace, Occulus Rift and iPads. These pieces of technology exist at other institutions individually, what makes the VRLC unique is that they are all combined in one space and used with one another. This virtual component, combined with traditional gross anatomy, makes for a richer, more innovative curriculum.

Anatomage is a virtual cadaver that users may rotate through 360 degrees, slice through the entire cadaver, remove or highlight certain anatomical structures.

CC-BY Intel Free Press
zSpace uses 3D glasses and a stylus to manipulate and "dissect" anatomical structures.

Our two Occulus Rift headsets are pre-loaded with "tours" of the ear, head and throat and allows users to move through and listen to instruction about each section of the anatomy.

The iPads are loaded with anatomy apps provided by at Stanford.

Also unique to the VRLC is that after instruction has concluded for the day, faculty may reserve the room to create content for future lessons, and students may reserve the individual VRLC components for study. Both faculty and students must complete an instructional session with library staff to certify that they know what each item does and what they can and can't do with them.

For details or upcoming instructional session information please contact 909-469-5323 or email

Monday, September 28, 2015

National Medical Librarians Month

This year to celebrate NMLM the librarians of the Pumerantz Library want you to be prepared for the zombie apocalypse. To help you get prepared we have the following displays and events planned. 

  • Zombie Survival Prep improvised defense weapons display – all month long, Museum
  • 10 C’s of Survival display – all month long – 2nd floor stairwell
  • On campus interlibrary loan office delivery – All month long
  • Screening of Zombieland Oct. 28 @ 6:30 pm. Please register

We will also offer the following training session

Our perennial favorite events will make a comeback
  • Fine Free Friday – Oct. 16
  • Halloween photo contest, take a picture in your Halloween costume with the library in the background and submit with the following #PumerantzHalloween on Oct. 30- 31 @pumerantzlib or Facebook
  • Halloween “trick or trick” at the library 1st & 2nd floor desks – Oct. 30-31

If you have any questions please contact 909-469-5323 ask for Reference or email for more information. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Library Study Room Reservation System Upgrade

The Pumerantz Library Study Room Reservation system has been updated! Our new system will feel similar to the old with several visual and functional improvements. 

You will now be able to see a picture and details for the room you are reserving, add accessories like marker kits and headphones, invite other students to join you, and choose when you receive emails from the system. 

To use the new features, log in with your WesternU email username and password by clicking the “Reserve a Study Room” link on the Library’s homepage ( or navigating directly to More information on Booked can be found through our user guide here.

If you have bookmarked our previous reservation system, please remember to change it to

For more information contact the library at 909.469.5323 or email

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Pardon our dust

UPDATE - The study carrels have been moved back and you may resume using them on the 2nd floor of the Library.

If you visit the Library's second floor, and you are looking for a study carrel, you will notice that they aren't where they have been. That's because we have had to move them out to prep and paint the area.

Once they have completed painting, the carrels and comfortable chairs will be moved back. Stay tuned there is more construction at the Pumerantz Library coming this summer.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Research Mixer

The 2015 research mixer was a resounding success. The Library and the Office of Research & Biotechnology hosted 59 people and displayed 10 posters from faculty, staff, students and one guest. Thank you for all who participated in the mixer. Watch our Facebook page for photos of the event to be posted soon.

The 2nd Annual Research Mixer: Bringing Ideas Together, is co-sponsored by the Harriet K. & Philip Pumerantz Library and The Office of Research & Biotechnology. 
The Research Mixer is a great format for both students and faculty to present their most current and cutting-edge research in a friendly, interactive venue. 
This is also an important opportunity to illustrate the power of the WU Research Clusters on campus, which bring together students and faculty from different colleges and experimental paradigms to investigate current critical unresolved problems in the health sciences.
If you would like to display your research poster and to RSVP, please contact Rudy Barreras at or x 5476 by June 17, 2015 to make arrangements. 
We will only be able to display the first 20 posters we receive, so sign up quickly! Posters should be able to fit on a 44” x 65” display board.

When: Wednesday June, 24, 2015
            3 pm to 6 pm
Where: Harriet K. & Philip Pumerantz Library, first floor lobby

We look forward to seeing you.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Heart Gallery LA Photos

In cooperation with WesternU’s Dr. Robert L. Austin Lecture Series, the Pumerantz Library is currently hosting a photo exhibit that showcases portraits of adoptable children coordinated by The Heart GalleryLA.   

Professional photographer and curator Paula Stoeke donates her time and talents to showcase these amazing children in need of adoptive families.  These striking photos will be on display through the end of May 2015.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Library Preservation Week

The University Archives will be celebrating Library Preservation Week from April 27-May 1 with a series of 3 noontime workshops on “Preserving Your Family Memories:” Workshop I on April 27, “Preserving Family Documents;” Workshop II on April 28, “Preserving Family Photographs;” and Workshop III on May 1, “Preserving Home Movies.” 

The workshops will discuss causes of deterioration, care and handling, and provide storage guidelines and other helpful tips. All workshops will be held in the Library Conference Room from 12 pm to 1 pm. Seating is limited to 20 individuals. 

Click here to register for the workshops today. For more information please contact University Archives at 909-469-5323. 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

One Nightstand - Spring 2015

Let us know what you currently are reading for leisure. You share your book titles in the comments field below or go to the library's Facebook page and share your book title there.

This is what is currently being read by library staff:

  • Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer
  • Saturday by Ian McEwan
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Infectious diseases and immunization

Stay in the know…

The current exhibit on display at the Harriet K. & Philip Pumerantz Library is providing relevant information on selected infectious diseases with information on prevention and immunizations available. The diseases and topics currently on display are:

            History of immunization
            Measles – Treatment and vaccination
            Meningitis & parasitic meningitis – prevention

Two of WesternU’s veterinary professionals have generously loaned the Pumerantz Library their posters on zoonotic diseases. Professor Malika Kachani, DVM, PhD has provided the Library with two posters on Echinoccus granulos and alumnus Roxanna Khorzad, DVM 2008, a poster on Leishmania sp.

We invite you to take a few minutes to come into the Pumerantz Library to view the displays and read through the Measles in the News binder that is updated as new articles come out.  

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Ex Libris: Medical Bookplate Digital Exhibit

Medical Bookplates from the Collection of Dr.Bert J. Davidson

Have you ever opened an old book to find a label pasted in the front with the slightly Harry Potter-esque “Ex Libris” written on it? Have you then wondered “what devilry is this be-written twixt yon pages?” Now  you can find out a little more about ex libris during the Harriet K. & Philip Pumerantz Library exhibit “Ex Libris: Medical Bookplates from the Collection of Dr. Bert Davidson”. 

For a limited time the library will be displaying a number of medically themed bookplates alongside an electronic exhibit on the library’s digitized collections page. Be sure to visit our digitized collections where you can study the bookplates more closely, check out old yearbooks, read about the history of WesternU in our newspaper clippings collection, or access old course catalogs.

Our other digitized collections can be access at: or through the library website.

If you have any questions about the collection please contact the University Archives at 909-469-8489.

Friday, January 23, 2015

New Subscription - Complete

Hello WesternU, hosts 35 Nature branded titles (including 15 Nature reviews titles) and 44 Academic society titles. Additionally, hosts 15 open access titles. The only exclusions from the Complete package are Scientific American and Lab Animal.  

These journals can also be located by title using the E-Journal search tab on the library’s homepage and you will be able to link to full text when searching databases like PubMed by using the Pumerantz Library Full-Text Locator button.

If you have any further questions please contact the library at 909-469-5323 or by email at