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USD Medical School Library Undergoes Changes

The doors to the Karl and Mary Jo Wegner Health Sciences Library open After an extensive remodeling project, the Wegner Health Sciences Library has reopened. A new learning space was dedicated to former dean Dr. Mary Nettleman on Feb. 24.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The Wegner Health Sciences Library, which serves the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, has reopened after an extensive remodeling project. Located on the medical school’s Sioux Falls campus, this library is one of the region’s most important and comprehensive medical resources, serving not only medical and other health students and faculty, but also aiding practicing physicians and front-line medical providers.

An integral aspect of the remodel is the creation of a large, new medical student classroom on the library’s second floor. This new learning space was dedicated Feb. 24 as the Mary D. Nettleman Classroom. Dr. Nettleman served as dean of the medical school from 2012 to 2020.

Dan Daily is dean of libraries at USD, including oversight for the medical school facility. Daily notes that the remodel provided new innovative and comfortable study spaces and upgraded technology, and that the library is both an academic and a health care library.

“This library originally opened in 1998, and from the very beginning it sought to not only serve the medical school, but to also contribute to public service and health care in our state and region," said Daily.

In a typical year, Daily said, more than 30,000 users visit the library, and more than 40,000 people use the library’s website and online services.

The medical library is guided by a board of directors representing the area’s three major health facilities, area universities and colleges, and representatives of the community.


USD's Sanford School of Medicine is nationally known for excellence. With its award-winning curriculum, the school prepares medical students to practice in all fields of medicine and is particularly recognized and ranked for its reputation in family medicine and rural medicine. In addition to the M.D., it offers graduate degrees in basic biomedical science, sustains a vibrant and forward-looking research agenda, and is home to the interdisciplinary Center for Brain and Behavioral Research.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News