As the health care environment becomes increasingly dependent upon information
technology, health professionals need quick and easy access to health
information to support patient care, education and research. The medical
libraries contribute to the quality of patient care and play a central
role in medical education by providing access to health information and
improving information searching skills among health care professionals.
The mission of the SIUH Medical Library is to provide current, authoritative
and easily accessible knowledge-based information in support of patient
care, education, management decision-making and research needs of the
medical and hospital staff. Now located at the Regina McGinn Education
Center, the Medical Library resides in a new high-tech space, with room
for research collaboration as well as for individual studies.
The library is equipped with computers, printers, scanners, photocopier
and other peripheral devices available for patron use.
The library staff includes a professional medical librarian (Library Director),
Library Coordinator and trained volunteers.
The SIUH Medical Library is a full member of the National Network of Libraries
of Medicine and a part of the Northwell Health System Library Consortium.
The Medical Library is located at the Regina McGinn Education Center (RMC),
475 Seaview Avenue, 2nd Floor. Staffed library hours are Monday - Friday,
9am to 5pm. Hospital staff members with hospital IDs may use the library
during unstaffed hours by either using card reader access (for authorized
users), or obtaining entry from a security guard or RMC manager.
The library is open to the following users:
• Attending physicians
• House Staff physicians
• Students in Staten Island University Hospital training programs
• Staten Island University Hospital employees
• Students or other members of the community by permission of the
• Patients who receive approval from their attending physicians
The library maintains a collection of books, periodicals and media resources
that cover all areas of medicine, including clinical and basic biomedical
sciences, dentistry, podiatry, pharmacology, rehabilitation services,
social work and nursing. All materials are constantly being selected and
evaluated to meet the information needs of practicing health professionals
and residency programs' curricula. As of 2008, the library gives priority
to the acquisition of electronic resources. This will result in easier
use, wider access and more timely updates.
The library collection currently includes over 600 e-journals and more
than 700 e-books. The library also provides access to many electronic
services and databases, such as UpToDate, PubMed, MD Consult, McGraw-Hill's
AccessMedicine, AccessSurgery and AccessEmergencyMedicine, Cardiosource
Plus, VisualDx, Cochrane Library, Stat!Ref, Mosby's Nursing Consult,
CINAHL and others. All electronic resources are available through the
medical library website located at the hospital Intranet and accessible
from all workstations throughout Staten Island University Hospital.
The library website serves as a gateway to research and instructional
materials and also functions as a primary location for information about
the library's collections and services. Remote access to electronic
resources is available for authorized users through EMIL (Electronic Medical
Information Library) located on
HealthPort - a web portal of Northwell Health System.
Library staff provide various services to medical residents, students and
other patrons, including reference services, mediated literature searches
and interlibrary loan service. The library also provides information literacy
training for residents and other categories of users in the form of lectures,
group classes and individual instructions.