Library Services


The Altschul Medical Library has over 4000 monograph titles arranged on the shelves according to the National Library of Medicine Classification system. Books may be searched in the card catalog by author, title or subject. The subject authority is the National Library of Medicine’s list of “Medical Subject Headings.” The collection is divided into a Circulating Section where materials are loaned for two weeks, and a Reserve Section where materials may only be borrowed overnight. Hospital staff and physicians with MMC ID’s may checkout Library materials. Patrons must pay full replacement costs for damaged or lost items.


The Library does not have active print journal subscriptions. An alphabetical printed list gives information that includes holdings, location, and format of the journal. Back issues of journals are available on microfilm, in bound volumes, or online.

Inter-library Loan

Inter-library loans for journal articles or monographs will be performed on a per-cost basis. Request forms are available, and assistance will be given to properly complete the requested information. Please allow for a turnaround time of one to two weeks.


A photocopier is available for use of Library patrons. There is a charge of 25 cents per page for students, medical center staff, and visitors. Copies of Library materials must be copied in accordance with copyright provisions.

Computer Laboratory

A computer laboratory with six Windows PCs is available for patron use. General word-processing and database software is loaded onto the hard drive. Patrons with access privileges may search the Internet.

Electronic Resources & Databases

The Medical Library provides access to a collection of databases and electronic resources through the MMC Intranet. Click on the MMC Intranet icon and then click on the green Medical Library tab.

Within EBSCOhost, there is a suite of web-based databases including the National Library of Medicine MEDLINE, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), Health Business Fulltext Elite, PsycEXTRA, Cochrane Controlled Trials Register, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness, andHealth Source-Consumer Edition.

Lexicomp is the medical center’s official resource for pharmaceutical and drug information.

MedlinePlus is the premier resource for consumer health and patient education hosted by the National Library of Medicine.

The New England Journal of Medicine provides access to full-text articles and content of that journal.

Nursing Reference Center is a resource for clinical information, drug information, skills and procedures, diseases and conditions and CEU’s.

OVID eBooks is a collection of fifty-four (54) full-text reference books, published by WoltersKluwer, on a range of clinical topics.

The Rittenhouse R2 Digital Library is a joint project with the Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center Library that provides access to a select collection of full-text books.

UpToDate is an electronic resource which includes more than 6000 full-text, peer-reviewed articles on an extensive range of clinical topics. “UpToDate is the practical resource that puts detailed, authoritative clinical answers at your fingertips. …from a simple confirmation of your diagnosis to recommended courses of therapy.”