Professional librarians provide customized information resources and services to healthcare staff, residents, employees, and students across all Tower Health entities. The library is open by appointment only to community members for health-related information searches, and is staffed by two masters’ prepared medical librarians.
Health professionals, medical trainees, and students across Tower Health have access to a robust collection of online databases, eJournals, eBooks, and clinical decision support resources. The library's online subscription resources include DynaMed, Clinical Key, Embase, Ovid, APA PsychInfo, Cochrane Collection, Nursing Reference Center Plus, and JBI, among others.
The library maintains a small print collection for healthcare professionals featuring books and journals on medicine, nursing, allied health, healthcare management, and spiritual care.
The library space contains 16 desktop computers for patron use, as well as wireless Internet access; four group study rooms; two conference rooms; and open spaces for work, study, and resting. Residents and fellows have 24/7 badge access to the medical library space.
Access to consumer health information resources is provided as a courtesy to patients, patient caregivers, and the local community. People wishing to use the library for health-related information-seeking purposes must contact our staff to make an appointment prior to their visit. Patients, patient caregivers, and community members have access to the Elaine G. Dunitz Library, located in the waiting area of McGlinn Cancer Institute. This special collection of books offers inspiration, support, and education for people living with a chronic or life-threatening illness and for their caregivers.
The professional library staff provides research and information literacy services including librarian-mediated literature searches, instruction, document delivery, and research/publication support services to Tower Health clinicians, medical trainees, and students.
The library manages Tower Health’s digital institutional repository - Scholar Commons @ Tower Health.
School of Health Sciences
Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences students have 24/7 badge access to the David George, MD, FACP, MBA Medical Library at Reading Hospital. Students also enjoy remote access to online library resources, including eJournals, eBooks, point-of-care-resources, and databases such as CINAHL, Nursing Reference Center Plus, Ovid Nursing, and JBI, among others. Fifteen computer stations and a photocopier/printer are available for student use. The library also features four group study rooms available to students on a first-come, first-served basis.
Students receive an orientation to the library during their first semester. Two professional librarians are available to assist all students with their information literacy needs during staffed library hours.
Alexandra Short, MSLS, AHIP, System Director, Library Services
Molly Sanders, MSLIS, Medical Librarian
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