Within Suburban Hospital, we have a Medical Library that can be used by all physicians (affiliated and visiting), employees, students officially rotating through the hospital, volunteers, trustees, and hospital attorneys. The library features print and electronic medical references, a flat-screen television with DVD and VHS, anatomical models, patron-access computers, and electronic databases. During regular staffed hours, the Medical Library is also open to patients and their family members. The library is located on the first floor in the south wing past the Executive Office.
The library is staffed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon. After-hours access is available to hospital-affiliated personnel only. Physicians may use their magnetic card keys to enter after hours.
To contact the Library Assistant, you may call 301-896-3022 during staffed hours. A voice mailbox will take messages after hours.
The Suburban Hospital Medical Library collection consists of more than 1,000 books and more than 100 journal subscriptions. A complete list of print and electronic journals is available. In addition, the Library maintains a collection of CME Grand Rounds presentations that can be checked out.
To find relevant titles, the library's computerized catalog allows users to search by subject, title, author, and format. The catalog can only be searched in the library or from any computer with Meditech access. The library uses the same classification scheme as the National Library of Medicine. Patrons are also provided with a map of the library to assist in locating materials.
All books, except those in the Reference or Dictionaries/Directories sections may be borrowed for a two-week period. Audiovisuals may be borrowed for one week at a time. Journals (except those published in the Clinics format) do not usually circulate without express permission, but a photocopier is available in the library for reproduction. Borrowers assume financial liability for any materials not returned to the library. Failure to return materials on a timely basis may result in suspension of borrowing privileges.
Patrons may request computerized literature searches for hospital-related information. This includes information for direct patient care, in-services, and administrative healthcare issues. Literature searches needed for urgent patient care issues or urgent administrative issues receive top priority.
The hospital has a variety of knowledge-based information databases. Access to these databases is available at no charge to hospital-affiliated physicians.
Access to the Welch Medical Library is available by logging on with your JHED ID.
For information on how to activate your JHED ID, please click here.