About Us

NC AHEC Program

The NC AHEC program began in 1972 to address national and state concerns with the supply, distribution, and retention of health care professionals. In 1974, the State of North Carolina’s General Assembly supported a plan to create a statewide network. Today, thanks to federal and state legislative support, the NC AHEC program consists of the NC AHEC program office, a network of nine regional AHECs, and the Duke AHEC program.

NC AHEC’s mission is to meet the state’s health and health workforce needs and to provide education programs and services that bridge academic institutions and communities to improve the health of the people of North Carolina, with a focus on underserved populations. Our vision is to lead the transformation of health care education and services in North Carolina.

NC AHEC library services support the clinical, educational, and research activities of medical professionals and students throughout the state. Rural family physicians in the mountains, nursing students near the coast, and mental health professionals in the piedmont all have access to AHEC librarians and the AHEC Digital Library.

NC AHEC Digital Library
Contact us at: ADL-Questions@listserv.unc.edu

The NC AHEC Digital Library (ADL) is the portal to AHEC library services. The ADL includes a collection of digital library services and resources compiled by AHEC librarians in order to support health care practice and clinical education in North Carolina. The ADL supports the NC AHEC Program and its libraries, as well as ADL hospital consortium members located throughout North Carolina.

The ADL also welcomes guest usersNC health professionals and students, who may use any of the resources that are not restricted by license to members. As a guest or member user, Please feel free to contact ADL-Questions@listserv.unc.edu to learn more about membership or request assistance from a librarian.

Membership Categories
For more information about membership, contact us.

The ADL provides access to a single, customized, web-based interface into key health information resources and services for ADL members. An ADL membership provides access to full-text journals, books, and electronic databases, as well as special health topic collections and links to carefully evaluated clinical and educational tools.

  • North Carolina Hospital Members
  • Through the ADL, more than 37 North Carolina hospitals and hospital systems have formed a consortium for joint purchasing of core e-journal subscriptions, e-books, and databases. Authorized users can access the consortium’s resources from locations within the hospital intranets and or from any Internet access point. To access the ADL as a hospital member, a user must be affiliated with one of the hospitals or health care systems in the consortium.
  • NC Health Care Professionals Individual Memberships
  • North Carolina health professionals who are not affiliated with one of the hospitals in the ADL consortium may purchase one of a limited number of individual ADL memberships. A limited number of these individual memberships are available for NC health professionals in clinical practice, for an annual membership fee. The resources available to this group are the same as those available to the hospital consortium members.
  • Community-based Preceptors, Faculty, and Medical Residents ADL Memberships
  • The ADL provides support for the regional primary care educational programs of NC colleges and universities by facilitating access to the library resources of their affiliated campuses. Off-campus faculty, preceptors, and medical residents who teach health sciences students can be assigned an ADL membership in order to authenticate to the resources of their affiliated schools. In order to receive an ADL membership, documentation of status by the administrators for the health affairs programs must be provided to ADL or AHEC staff.
  • Collaborators on AHEC Health Quality and Workforce Initiatives
  • The ADL provides access to the online collaborative workspaces provided for the many AHEC sponsored groups who are working together on AHEC initiatives. The AHEC Practice Support Program and several other clinical or educational groups make use of this service.

ADL Member Licensed Resources 2018
The NC AHEC Program licenses access to a select collection of resources for the member hospitals and libraries.

Journals/Journal Collections

  • New England Journal of Medicine
  • BMJ Journals
  • Health Affairs
  • Ovid's Core Biomedical Journal Collection
  • Lippincott's High Impact Journal Collection
  • Lippincott's Nursing & Health Professions Premier Collection
  • CINAHL Plus with Full Text Journals (700+ titles)
  • Health Business Elite Journals (~200 titles)


  • Ovid's Medline
  • Ovid's Evidence-Based Medicine Reviews
  • Cochrane Databases
  • ACP Journal Club
  • Dare
  • CINAHL Plus with Full Text


  • StatRef Collection of Textbooks
  • Lippincott's Manual of Nursing Practice
  • American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy : AJHP
  • American Journal of Nursing
  • American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • American Journal of Public Health: JPH
  • Annals of Internal Medicine
  • Circulation
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Harvard Business Review
  • JAMA
  • JAMA Internal Medicine
  • JAMA Psychiatry
  • Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery - American Volume
  • Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism
  • Journal of Clinical Investigation
  • Journal of Family Practice
  • Journal of Nursing Administration
  • Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
  • Journal of the National Cancer Institute
  • Modern Healthcare
  • Nursing
  • Nursing Economic$
  • Nursing Management
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Science
  • Davis's Drug Guide for Nurses® - 14th Ed. (2015)
  • Nursing Diagnosis Reference Manual, Sparks & Taylor's - 9th Ed. (2014)
  • Scientific American Surgery
  • Handbook on Injectable Drugs? - 18th Ed. (2015)
  • Perinatal Nursing - 4th Ed. (2014)
  • AHFS Drug Information® (2015)
  • Diseases and Disorders: A Nursing Therapeutics Manual - 5th Ed. (2015)
  • 5-Minute Clinical Consult, The 2015 - 23rd Ed.
  • AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice - 2015 Edition
  • ACP Smart Medicine (SM) & AHFS DI® Essentials?
  • Scientific American Medicine
  • Red Book®: 2012 Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases - 29th Ed. (2012)
  • Merck Manual Of Diagnosis and Therapy, The - 19th Ed. (2011)
  • Taber's® Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary - 22nd Ed. (2013)
  • High-Risk & Critical Care Obstetrics - 3rd Ed. (2013)
  • ICD-10-PCS: Procedure Coding System (2015)
See the complete list of resources

Contacting a Librarian

AHEC Digital Library Librarians, Health Sciences Library, UNC Chapel Hill

The librarians who develop and manage the ADL are part of the AHEC and Outreach Services Department of the Health Sciences Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Staff at the Health Sciences Library UNC Chapel Hill include:

Area L

  • Area L AHEC Library and Information Services
  • PO Drawer 7368
  • Rocky Mount, NC 27804-0368
  • Phone: 252-972-0419
  • FAX: 252-972-0419
  • Counties
    Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash, Northampton, Wilson


  • Health Sciences Library, UNC Chapel Hill
  • CB# 7585
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7585
  • Phone: 919-962-0701
  • FAX: 919-966-1029


  • AHEC Library & Information Resource Center
  • PO Box 32861
  • Charlotte, NC 28232-2861
  • Phone: 704-355-3129
  • FAX: 704-355-3116
  • Counties
    Anson, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Stanly, Union

Duke University AHEC Program

  • Hock Plaza I
  • DUMC 2722
  • Durham, NC 27710


  • Laupus Library, East Carolina University
  • 600 Moye Blvd.
  • Greenville, NC 27834
  • Phone: 252-744-2066
  • FAX: 252-744-2080
  • Counties
    Beaufort, Bertie, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Pitt, Tyrrell, Washington, Wayne, Hertford, Hyde


  • The Moses H. Cone Health System Medical Library
  • 1200 N. Elm Street
  • Greensboro, NC 27401-1020
  • Phone: 336-832-7484
  • FAX: 336-832-7328
  • Counties
    Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Guilford, Montgomery, Orange, Randolph, Rockingham


  • Library and Knowledge Services
  • 121 Hendersonville Road
  • Asheville, NC 28803
  • Phone: 828-257-4444
  • FAX: 828-257-4712
  • Counties
    Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Yancey, Jackson


  • Northwest AHEC Information & Library Services
  • Wake Forest University School of Medicine
  • Winston-Salem, NC 27157
  • Phone: 704-210-5069
  • FAX: 704-636-5050
  • Counties
    Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Rowan, Stokes, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin, Iredell


  • South Eastl AHEC Health Sciences Library
  • P.O. Box 9025
  • Wilmington, NC 28402-9025
  • Phone: 910-343-2180
  • FAX: 910-762-7600
  • Counties
    Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover, Pender

Southern Regional

  • Information Access Center
  • 1601 Owen Drive
  • Fayetteville, NC 28304
  • Phone: 910-678-0103
  • FAX: 910-323-4007
  • Counties
    Bladen, Cumberland, Harnett, Moore, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Hoke


  • Medical Library
  • 3261 Atlantic Avenue, Ste 212
  • Raleigh, NC 27604-1657
  • Phone: 919-350-8529
  • FAX: 919-350-8836
  • Counties
    Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Lee, Person, Vance, Wake, Warren