Library Services

We provide information resources and services to healthcare staff, residents, employees and students of Reading Health System. We are open by appointment to community members for health-related information searches.

Resources

Reading Health System employees and students have access to a robust collection of online databases, eJournals, eBooks and point of care resources. The library's online subscription resources include UpToDate, DynaMed Plus, Clinical Key, Embase, Ovid, EBSCOhost, Nursing Reference Center, Visual Dx and The Joanna Briggs Institute, among others.

We also maintain a print collection for healthcare professionals featuring books on medicine, nursing, allied health and healthcare management. In addition, the library subscribes to medical and nursing journals in print format.

We have 16 desktop computers for patron use as well as wireless Internet access.

Access to consumer health information resources is provided as a courtesy to patients, patient care-givers and the local community. People wishing to use the library for health-related information seeking purposes should contact our staff prior to making a visit. Patients, patient care-givers and community members also 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.

Services

Our professional and para-professional library staff can provide research and information literacy services including literature reviews, instruction, document retrieval, and inter-library loan services to Reading Hospital employees, staff and students.

School of Health Sciences

We offer 24-hour access to students as well as remote access to online library resources. Cumulated Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature and many other EBSCO databases are available, along with Nursing Reference Center and Ovid Nursing. We have a photocopier/printer and scanner available for student use. There are three group study rooms available to students on a first-come, first-served basis.

Students receive an orientation to our resources and services during their first semester. Two professional librarians and one library assistant are available to assist all students with their information literacy needs during staffed hours.