medical library

The Medical Library on the Western Reserve Hospital campus is open 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. A master's prepared librarian is available full-time within those hours to assist interns and residents with reference questions, literature searches, interlibrary loans, and any other library needs. Residents have access to the library 24 hours a day through the proxima system, or by calling Security at extension 7412.

The library provides 5-networked computers, offering the latest technological tools (Windows XP, Microsoft Office, CD-ROM & DVD players/burners) to assist in research and presentation needs. Four printers (1 color) and a new photocopier, scanner, and basic office supplies are also available free of charge. There is an additional computer linked to the Summa Health System network, which offers links to online journals as well as the Physician's Portal, PACS, Star Navigator, etc. This computer requires a Summa-issued password for internet access.

The library houses current editions of major reference textbooks, as well as recent editions of other monographs, which focus on the major specialty programs of the hospital as well as general medical subjects providing a well-rounded collection. We also offer a variety of audio-visual materials. Residents have access to over 300 online medical journals through our association with Ohio University and OhioLINK. We carry 20 current subscriptions in print/online, including Up-to-Date and MD Consult, as well as approximately 100 bound titles. We are able to offer timely interlibrary loan services due to our membership in local, regional, and library national consortia for materials not owned.

Guidelines for Library Use:

  1.  Reference books circulate for 1 week. They may be renewed if a hold has not been placed on them. The regular collection circulates for 3 weeks.
  2.  Circulating items should be signed out by the librarian when present. Otherwise, the card should be signed and left in the box at the desk.
  3.  A computerized video-alarm system provides security for books and equipment. Beverages with lids and small snacks are permitted in the library; no lunch trays please.

Library phone number - 330-971-7200.