February is Children’s Dental Health Month

Dental Health in Children
  • Attention parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and healthcare providers: February is National Children’s Dental Health Month
  • Oral health books written for children are available for check-out from the Health Sciences & Human Services Library. Books focus on oral healthcare, going to the dentist, and general information about teeth & their importance.
  • To browse the books in this collection, visit the Children’s’ Dental Health Books subject guide at: https://guides.hshsl.umaryland.edu/dentistry/DentalBooksForChildren
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Connect With the Librarian for Your School

It is easy to connect with a faculty librarian who works directly with your school. The Research and Education Services (RES) portal helps students, researchers, educators, and clinicians learn about how their school’s librarian can collaborate with and support them.

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Library Advice for New Students

The HSHSL is here for you.  Don’t hesitate to ask for help at the Information Services desk; we’re happy to assist.  You can also reach us by email at hshsl@umaryland.edu, telephone at 410-706-7995, or chat at https://answers.hshsl.umaryland.edu/.

Here is a top ten list of common questions with links to guide you to the answer or service.

  1. How do I print?
    Follow these instructions.
  2. How do I order a book or article the Library does not own?
    Use our interlibrary loan service. It is free for students.
  3. How do I meet with a librarian about my assignment or research?
    Request a consultation.
  4. How do I reserve a study room?
    Follow the instructions on the reservations page.
  5. How do I get help with citation managers?
    You can request a consultation, attend a workshop or read the citation manager subject guide.
  6. How do I request a poster to be printed?
    Fill out this form.
  7. How do I correctly size my poster?
    Instructions are here.
  8. How do I search the Library’s books and journals?
    You can use the OneSearch box located on our front page, or check the library’s catalog.
  9. How do I log in to the Library from off campus?
    Click the blue “Off-Campus Access” button in the upper-right corner of our homepage then use your UMID and password to log in.
  10. How do I enter the Library before 8:00 a.m.?
    Enter the Library from the Campus Center from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., Monday – Friday.

Do you have a question that has not been addressed here? Contact us directly or check the Ask Us! database of questions – your answer may already be there.

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HSHSL Closed for MLK Holiday

Martin Luther King Day

The HSHSL will be closed Monday, January 16 in honor of the Martin Luther King holiday.

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The L.G. Eberhardt, Druggist “Ghost” Sign

Color Photograph of a brick wall with L.G. Eberhardt, Druggist, Adam's Pepsin Gum advertised

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If you have walked along Lexington Street on the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Campus you have most certainly passed the L.G. Eberhardt, Druggist store sign painted on the side of 631 West Lexington Street. While faded the sign is still legible and is one of many “ghost” signs in Baltimore; these signs advertise a bygone or ghost establishment and remind us of the rich history in this city.

The sign is also part of a historic section of Lexington Street, known as the Rieman Block after Joseph Rieman (1822-1898), a real estate developer. The block from 617 to 631 West Lexington Street between Pearl and Arch Streets is now owned by UMB and is on the National Register of Historic Properties. The Rieman Block was constructed in the 1880s and at the time were the most elaborate buildings around Lexington Market.  The Rieman family owned the buildings until 1952.

The L.G. Eberhardt drug store ghost sign stands where the store once stood, on the south-east corner of West Lexington and Arch streets. The store was founded by Louis Boucsein (1831-1910), a druggist from Germany around 1889. Before Boucsein’s store the building was occupied by John Luntz and William C. Kraft owners of Luntz & Kraft Provision or Grocery.

Black and White Newspaper Clipping of an ad in German for Louis Boucsein's pharmacyBefore moving to 631 West Lexington Street, Boucsein owned drug stores throughout the city.  While Boucsein was not a graduate of UMB, two of his eight children graduated from the University or a predecessor school: William G. Boucsein, Maryland College of Pharmacy (MCP, predecessor to UMB’s School of Pharmacy) class of 1895 and Gustav F. Boucsein, University of Maryland School of Medicine class of 1885.

Louis Boucsein sold the store to Louis George Eberhardt (1875-1935) around 1899. Like Boucsein, Eberhardt was from Germany where he graduated from the University of Marburg in 1854. After moving to Baltimore, Eberhardt attended the MCP for the 1894-95 school year under the preceptorship of William H. Lotz (Class of 1870). There is no record of Eberhardt’s graduation, however the Medical Directory of Maryland and Washington D.C. for 1900-01 has him listed as a Ph. G. (Graduate of Pharmacy).

In addition to owning a drug store, Eberhardt served as Inspector of Pharmaceutical Sales in Baltimore, a position created by city hall to ensure all scales used in pharmacies met standards established by the official weights and measures department. Black and white patent drawing of a bottle neck with stopperEberhardt was also one-quarter owner of a patent for a non-refillable medicine bottle. The bottle was designed to keep people from tampering with the medicine in the bottle by adding other liquids. The other partial owners were Gould O. Hildebrand—the primary patent owner, Timothy O. Heatwole, and William Atschild. Finally, Eberhardt was president of the Ros-Mar Chemical Company, a patent and proprietary medicine company in Baltimore.

Around 1921, Eberhardt sold the store at 631 West Lexington Street to Simon Solomon (1896-1975), a 1918 prize-winning graduate of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Solomon owned the store along with two other drug stores with his twin brother Samuel.

Sepia photograph of a young man wearing glasses, a graduation cap with tassle, and tieSolomon was also active in local and national pharmaceutical associations, serving as President of the Baltimore Retail Druggist Association and Vice-President of National Association of Retail Druggists. He was also director of the Calvert Drug Company, a wholesale drug company in Baltimore.

Ad clipped for Solomon's PharmacyMost importantly to UMB, Solomon was very active in the School of Pharmacy’s Alumni Association receiving the award as honorary president in 1961-62. Solomon also created a $50 prize for the graduating student who performed the “most satisfactory work in pharmacy” during their 2-3 years of school. 

Sometime around 1935, the Solomons’ consolidated their stores, closing the store at 631 W. Lexington Street and operating out of 524 W. Baltimore Street.  Today, the building on the corner of Lexington and Arch streets no longer serves as a pharmacy, yet the sign remains reminding those who pass by of the buildings’ rich pharmaceutical history.

Photograph of a block of brick three story buildings and a walkway

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Fatal Beauty 2023 Calendar: Sale $6.00

Fatal Beauty 2023 Calendar

HSHSL’s 2023 Fatal Beauty Calendar is on sale for the reduced price of $6.00 and is available for purchase. Calendars can be picked up at the HSHSL’s 1st-floor Information Services Desk or shipped for an additional $6.25.

This year’s calendar was inspired by the Fatal Beauty exhibit installed in the Weise Gallery this past summer. The calendar features a selection of stunning botanical plates from volumes in the HSHSL’s Historical Collections Pharmacy Collection.

Questions? Contact Information Services at 410-706-7995 or hshsl@umaryland.edu.

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Welcome Back Everyone

happy new year

The HSHSL is happy to start 2023 with you.  Please make a note of our early January hours. Regular semester hours begin January 17.

January 3 – January 15, 2023

Between 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m., Monday – Friday, UMB ID holders may enter the HSHSL through the Campus Center.

Monday – Friday 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.


Exceptions to Regular Hours

Martin Luther King Day Monday January 16, 2023 CLOSED
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Take a Book Home for the Holidays

Staying cozy at home, travelling, or just need a break? Check out a book from our Leisure Reading Collection. 

Choose a book (or a whole stack)  to take with you over the holidays. The collection is on the first floor of the library. Questions? 410-706-7995 or hshsl@umaryland.edu.

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HSHSL FY22 Annual Report

The HSHSL is proud to share our FY2022 Annual Report.  View it here to learn about the many successes and accomplishments we achieved.

Read about:

  • our strategic plan – a blueprint for the HSHSL’s future,
  • the ongoing pilot publishing fund for early career researchers who publish in open-access journals,
  • the new Research and Education Portal that opens up access to and collaboration with each school’s librarian,
  • data initiatives by the Center for Data and Bioinformation Services (CDABS) to support researchers affected by the new NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy (NIH DMSP),
  • exciting additions to the Historical Collections and our first HSHSL calendar “Bloom”,
  • a new artwork video tour of the fantastic pieces displayed around the Library,
  • our successful year of community service with the Book It Forward book drive and Warm Up Tree in partnership with the Community Engagement Center,
  • plus much, much more!

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Season’s Greenery: A New HSHSL Exhibit

In the United States, the holiday and winter seasons traditionally elicit a variety of spices and flavors, as well as traditional floral decorations. Join the HSHSL in celebrating the season with Season’s Greenery, a new exhibit featuring seasonal botanicals from the Historical Collections. The botanicals featured come from Julius Leo’s Taschenbuch der Arzeneipflanzen (1826-27), Robert Bentley and Henry Trimen’s Medicinal Plants (1880), and Botanical Magazine (1806).

While the botanicals featured in the exhibit are found in food and decorations today, some were once used for medicinal and health reasons.  The exhibit highlights these pharmaceutical uses alongside displays of beautiful pieces found in the historic pharmacy collection.

The exhibit will run from December through January in the Weise Gallery, on the first floor of the HSHSL.

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