ABOUT THE MEDICAL LIBRARY

MISSION STATEMENT AND LIBRARY POLICIES

The mission of the medical library is to provide resources and services to support the needs of all members of the hospital in the care of patients. The library also strives to serve the curriculum of the Cochran School of Nursing; managerial decision making; performance improvement activities; individual and institutional research; as well as patient and family education. The library will provide the highest quality, maximum service to all its users.

LIBRARY INFORMATION SERVICES

The library, located on the 4th floor of the Cochran School of Nursing in the Andrus Pavilion at St. John’s Riverside Hospital, serves as a major point of reference for all student course materials and research work. Resources in the areas of nursing, medicine, allied health and general education are made available, as well as a wide range of topics such as nursing skills, nursing trends and research, medical research, and current events as they relate to the health care environment. Library staff is available to assist with research, library instruction, circulation of library materials, and the use of a variety of audiovisual and electronic resources.

LIBRARY REGISTRATION

In order for the library staff to identify its patrons and track materials that are circulated from the library collection, we ask all patrons to complete a Library Membership Application.  Application forms for Cochran students and faculty are available at the medical library or online via the Cochran School of Nursing website.  (Click “forms” on the left-hand side menu on the library webpage).

BORROWING POLICIES

Library books and CD-ROMs may be borrowed for an initial period of three weeks. They must then be renewed every three weeks as needed. There is no limit on the number of renewals, unless another patron has placed a reserve on that item.  Renewals remain the patron’s responsibility and are allowed in person, by telephone or by logging into the ¹online catalog.  A fine of 25 cents per day will be charged for each item that is overdue. Reference books, ²videos, and journals, cannot be checked out of the library.

RESERVES

Items that are currently out on loan may be placed on reserve by using the online catalog or by contacting the library staff. When the items that have been placed on reserve are returned to the library, the requesting patron will be contacted.  Reserved items will be held at the reference desk for one week.  If reserves are not retrieved within that time, they will go to the next patron on the reserve list.

AUDIOVISUAL COLLECTION

The library maintains an extensive collection of DVDs and CD-ROMs on a variety of healthcare topics.  DVDs may be watched at the viewing stations using the headphones provided.

BOOKS & JOURNALS

The library houses a collection of books including core titles in medicine, nursing, nursing education and allied health.  The library also maintains a wide selection of medical and nursing journal titles in both print and electronic formats.

ELECTRONIC DATABASES

The following electronic databases are available for research and course assignments.
1) OVID database which gives access to Journals@OVID.
2) EBSCOhost Research Database which includes:
• Alt-Health Watch (Alternative and Complementary Medicine)
• CINAHL Plus with Full Text (Nursing and Allied Health)
• MEDLINE (Biomedical Sciences)
• Health Business Full text Elite (Healthcare Administration); 
• Health Source: Consumer Edition (Patient and Family Information)
• Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection
• SocINDEX (Social Work Index)
• SPORTDiscus (Rehabilitation Index)

NURSING REFERENCE CENTER PLUS

Nursing Reference Center Plus provides answers to clinical questions through access to videos and a nursing skills section. There are also nursing care plans and continuing education credits available.

MEDCOM T3 STREAMING VIDEO DATABASE

With this database, nursing students and hospital staff members can stream over 250 online videos on Mac, PC, and on most tablets and mobile devices

R2 DIGITAL LIBRARY

The R2 Digital Library holds more than 400 eBook titles on nursing, medicine and allied health.  Access is available from anywhere in the institution.  In addition, a free account can be created within the Riverside Healthcare System which enables remote access.

STAT!Ref

STAT!ref provides access to a selection of clinical textbooks and manuals covering several medical disciplines including nursing. Stat!Ref also provides access to Stedman's Medical Dictionary and MedCalc 3000 and Lippincott’s Video Series of Nursing Procedures.

INTERLIBRARY LOAN

The library provides an interlibrary loan service free of charge for its patrons. Articles that are not available in the library’s collection can be requested from a lending library.

COMPUTERS, PRINTERS, & COPIERS

The library has 11 computers, 2 printers and 1 copier for patron usage.  Photocopies cost 5c per page.

CELL PHONES

Cell phones must be kept on silent and phone calls must be conducted outside of the library.

FOOD AND DRINK

• Food is not allowed in the library
• Drinks must be in covered containers
• Please use caution around library materials, computers and other electronic equipment


For more information on these policies or any other matter, please call the library: (914)-964-4281

¹To access the online catalog, you will need your username and password.  Please call the library for this information.
²Videos and DVDs may be checked out to CSN faculty.


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