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the library at Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College Berkeley

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the library at Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College Berkeley


The AIMC Berkeley Library is here to serve your needs for further information. Under normal operating conditions, it is a place to read, study, access resources and computers, as well as relax between classes. The Library is officially closed until normal campus classes resume, but the Library is offering No-Contact Library Services for the duration.

No-Contact Library Hours

Monday-Friday 10am – 4pm
Saturdays 11am – 3pm

Books may be returned during the same hours or mailed back to AIMC.

Our Library Director and Reference Librarian is Patricia Ward, and she can be reached at pward@aimc.edu with any questions. The librarian is available to offer specialized group and individual assistance and instruction in research using both online and print resources.


AIMC Berkeley Library currently houses four book collections, about 2800 books total, spanning material in East Asian, Western, and Integrative medicine. English language titles are cataloged according to the National Library of Medicine classification system.

The Reference Collection consists of almost 400 non-circulating general reference materials such as dictionaries and encyclopedias, as well as medicine‐specific reference texts. Also included in this section are copies of required textbooks for student use in the Library.

The Circulating (English language) Collection consists of roughly 1,800 titles including an array of titles in acupuncture, general Chinese medicine, herbology, science, biomedicine, and alternative medicine.

AIMC Berkeley Library also provides a Japanese language collection, containing about 300 titles, and a Chinese language collection, containing approximately 260 titles containing classical and contemporary works on East Asian and Biomedicine.

AIMC Berkeley maintains a yearly budget for continued growth of the library facility and collection. The goal is to expand the scope and depth of all of the collections.

AIMC Library online catalog (OPAC): http://opac.libraryworld.com/opac/home
User ID: AIMC LIBRARY (Password not necessary)


All circulating books may be borrowed for two weeks at a time. Library Staff must check out all outgoing books. Patrons may not take books out of the library without the knowledge of the Library Staff.


The Library currently holds a small audio/video collection with about 60 CDs and DVDs on acupuncture, pain management and bodywork.


The Library currently has two computers available for student use when the campus is open, along with a wireless DSL Internet connection. See Library staff for wireless security code.

Please note that the Library and AIMC Berkeley will not be responsible for files left on the computer. Files disappear daily when the computers are turned off.


AIMC Berkeley would like to encourage students and faculty to request books for our collection. The Library Committee reviews book requests submitted by students and faculty before purchasing books. Books selected for purchase must be reputable works dealing with the areas of interest to the College’s community, such as Acupuncture, Herbology, alternative medicine and Bio‐medicine.


AIMC currently subscribes to the Alt Health Watch database for research needs (see librarian for password). This alternative health research database focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. Students have campus and remote access to this database. This database contains over 200 searchable journals, about 10 of which are specifically for acupuncture, oriental medicine, or integrative medicine. These also can be read online as current issues become available.

Currently published journals specifically supportive of the AIMC program available in Alt HealthWatch database:

  • Alternative Therapies in Health & Medicine
  • American Acupuncturist
  • American Journal of Chinese Medicine (12 month delay)
  • Australian Journal of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine
  • California Journal of Oriental Medicine (CJOM)
  • Evidence-based Complementary & Alternative Medicine (eCAM)
  • Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine (12 month delay)
  • Journal of Asian Natural Products Research (18 month delay)
  • Oriental Medicine Journal
  • Townsend Letter

Journals in hard copy available in the AIMC Library:

  • North American Journal of Oriental Medicine
  • Acupuncture Today
  • California Journal of Oriental Medicine
  • Meridians: The Journal of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

There are many internet websites that students can use to access current and authoritative information about their research topics. See the librarian for an extensive list. An example of a commonly used website is Medline. MEDLINE is the U.S. National Library of Medicine® (NLM) premier bibliographic database that contains more than 22 million references to journal articles in life sciences with a concentration on biomedicine. It links to PubMed Central® (PMC), which is a free full-text database of journal articles, an archive of the NLM.


The librarian can provide assistance in using campus resources and resources available online and at other local libraries.

The librarian has created these user guides for resources available on campus and/or remotely. These include:

  • User guide to the AIMC Berkeley OPAC (catalog)
  • User Guide to AIMC Berkeley Library’s Classification System
  • AIMC Berkeley Library & Computer Services
  • Understanding Call Numbers guide
  • Open Access General Resources for Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine
  • Open Access Resources for Evidence Based Research
  • Free Remote Access via Local Public Libraries (to databases)
  • Research Tips
  • Exam Preparation Bibliography –AIMC Library Materials (plus some useful links)
  • The librarian has also created user guides for:
  • Fee-based Internet Resources
  • Walk-in Access at Local Libraries (for databases). (This includes information about two large medical libraries in the area.) When local libraries and campuses re-open, students and faculty can access extensive appropriate electronic resources locally at UCSF (medical library), UC Berkeley, Samuel Merritt University (medical library), San Francisco State University, and several community college campuses, all of which provide public access. These state universities, community colleges, and institutional libraries offer databases with health and alternative/complementary medicine resources, but one must use those databases on their respective campuses (not remotely).

The librarian can email any of these user guides to AIMC Library patrons upon request.


Librarians at The Oregon College of Oriental Medicine have created a useful guide to the AMA format for Reference citations when required for your class research papers. The OCOM Guide is licensed under Creative Commons and can be distributed with attribution to OCOM.

Purdue University has a Guide to APA format: This document is copyrighted and subject to fair use conditions.


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- Master’s Student