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The Boston Children's Hospital Library supports the mission of the hospital in the areas of patient care, education and research.
Manager, Library Services: Meaghan Muir
Library Committee Chair: S. Jean Emans, MD
Who we serve
The library serves the entire hospital staff, including physicians, nurses, researchers, allied health staff and hospital administration. It is also open to the public and patient families during regularly staffed hours.
The more than 5,000-square-foot Boston Children's library is located on the first floor of Fegan Plaza. Areas of the library include the main desk, current book and journal sections with a new acquisitions display, stacks of cataloged books and bound journals, computer and AV areas, the photocopy area and library staff offices.
An open reading and study area overlooking the Prouty Garden can be found just inside the library's entrance. Quiet, secluded study carrels are located throughout the library.
To meet the wide range of information needs of physicians, nurses, PhD researchers, fellows, residents, students and all other staff, the Boston Children's library offers:
Career and Faculty Development Center
A specialized Career and Faculty Development Center has been established for faculty seeking information on grants, fellowships, scientific writing and presentation resources, practice management and academic careers.
The Boston Children's library has a core collection of books cataloged according to the National Library of Medicine classification scheme.
Books circulate at the discretion of the librarian, although most are considered necessary for clinical reference and do not circulate. Books that can be circulated are loaned for two weeks, with a two-week renewal when possible.
The historical book collection, which includes books written by Boston Children's staff, is shelved in the Gamble Room. The journal collection includes more than 275 current titles, many of them with extensive back files. Video offerings include tapes of Surgical and Medical Grand Rounds. The collections, while focused on pediatrics, are multi-disciplinary in nature.
The rich wood paneling of the Gamble Reading Room offers a quiet place for meetings or reading. Named in honor of James Lawler Gamble, MD, renowned Boston Children's researcher in biochemistry and professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, the room was created by Alfred and Margaret Tozzer in memory of their daughter, Anne, in hopes that the room would provide inspiration for the physicians and scientists at Boston Children's.
Staff publications database
A database of references (the article citation and a summary) of staff publications that now numbers more than 2,000 citations was started in January 2000 and is updated weekly by the library. To search the database, click here.
Online multimedia library
The multimedia library contains visual and audio information on health conditions and procedures for educational use. To search the multimedia library, click here.
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”