Association of Academic Health Science Libraries

Read on for the statement issued by MLA/AAHSL Call for Transparency and Impartiality in the Dissemination of Health Information

Read on for the MLA/AAHSL joint comments on the NLM Strategic Plan, in response to an NIH Request for Information.


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.

AAHSL 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting

Join AAHSL virtually on November 12 and November 13 for our Educational Program and Matheson Lecture. Registration has closed!
If you wish to join, please contact the AAHSL Office at [email protected] or (206) 209-5261. 

2020 Virtual Annual Meeting

Membership Renewal and Membership Dues

AAHSL’s membership year runs October 1–September 30.

Renewal for the 2020-2021 membership year will open 60 days prior to September 30. 

The 3% processing fee is waived for the 2020-2021 renewal year. If you intend to pay by credit card, please call the office once you have received your electronic invoice and we will process your payment.

Has your budget been impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Amid the global pandemic and our country's continuing challenges related to racism and public health, your organization's voice is more important than ever. Recognizing that COVID-19 has caused financial hardship for many academic institutions, AAHSL wants to support our members during renewal season.

Should you have any questions or concerns about your invoice, please contact the AAHSL Office at (206) 209-5261 or [email protected].

HSL Director Job Board

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

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