The current medical library that occupies the 1st floor of the Forest J. Grunigen, M.D. Library and Medical Education Center building was completed in 1984. The medical library underwent a major expansion and renovation project in 1995, increasing study and computer space and creating the Information Technology Center. In 2001 the library was renamed the Forest J. Grunigen, M.D. Medical Library in honor of Dr. Forest Grunigen (1905-1999), UC Irvine School of Medicine founder, graduate, professor, and alumnus.
In 2020-2021 construction for the Center for Integrative Health Therapies at the Medical Center began. To create space for the Center, the Grunigen Medical Library underwent a major renovation, reducing its footprint while increasing and updating its study space.
Grunigen Medical Library was renovated to improve the furnishings and study areas, while also reducing the physical collections due to the prevalence of medical information via the Libraries' online purchases and subscriptions.
The Grunigen Medical Library's collections and services support the discovery of new medical frontiers, advances the teaching of future healers, and provides foundational information resources for evidence-based care. Its online research resources and physical spaces have been developed to support UCI's medical research and instruction--see the Grunigen Medical Library's Core Resources page.