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Our services are designed to enhance your research

Library staff is available to respond to most information needs you may have. Simply filling out our Materials Request Form choosing the specific type of item you need with your specific requirements will begin the process. All information included in your request remains confidential, private and is never shared in accordance with HIPAA regulations.

Literature Searching

The Library Staff will run literature searches on patient care, research, education and management issues on a same day basis at no charge to the patron. We also have excellent networked bibliographic searching systems (Gale, MDConsult [contact library staff for information regarding off-site access], and PubMed).

MDConsult provides a common search interface to 45 full text clinical journals including Year Books and the Clinics of North America series, over 52 medical textbooks, practice guidelines, continuing medical education, and customized patient information handouts. In addition, it provides references to other journal articles indexed in PubMed. A one-time registration for off-site access is required to establish your login and password; this personalized login and password is to be used for subsequent access. Contact library staff for registration information.

For your convenience there are six public access workstations available in the library for literature searching. Personalized instruction is available by contacting Murray Memorial Library Staff.

Electronic Library

There are a growing number of networked resources available through the library.

There is an organized list of Online Textbooks categorized by clinical discipline that will take you directly to many free accessible textbooks on the Internet. Some of these books may be duplicated on some of our other library pages with some being password protected.

Interlibrary Loan

Materials not available from our in-house collections can be borrowed from various local, regional, and national sources. Items are normally obtained as a PDF via email though books may take from 3-7 working days. Items that are needed on an urgent patient care basis can be obtained within a short period of time.

You can request articles from us on the World Wide Web if you use PubMed, the National Library of Medicine's free web-based MEDLINE (1966-) biomedical literature database, and Loansome Doc, an article ordering service. For more information and directions on how to set up your free account, visit our Lonesome Doc Information page; which is coming soon.

Search the Library of Medicine's LOCATORplus for books, journals, and audiovisuals in the NLM collections. It can also be accessed to search for materials at other medical libraries throughout the United States that fall into one of four categories of libraries; National Libraries, Federal Libraries, Medical Research Libraries by State, and Consumer Health Libraries.

Consumer Health

There are Consumer Health links to information for use by patients, family members and Samaritan Health Services affiliates. This collection of links can be found in the index of the Murray Memorial Library website. It includes newsletters and magazines, pamphlets, and organizations all organized by health topic with links under each. Begin your search of up-to-date quality health care information by topic or category complete with links to consumer health information with the National Library of Medicine's MEDLINEplus.

Internet Access

Affiliated users can begin to explore the Web on public workstations in the Medical Library. Drop-ins are welcome on a space available basis or contact any library staff member to arrange for training.

Photocopying Services

A photocopy machine is available in the library for copying of LIBRARY MATERIALS at no charge. To allow for convenient service without overuse of library resources the following guidelines apply:

  • Photocopy restrictions are specified in the Title 17 Copyright Compliance Law (effective January 1976). The library staff will be happy to advise patrons of these limitations.
  • The library staff has first priority.

Employees who work within the medical center can do their own photocopying. Staff will gladly help users find the materials and show them how to use the copy machine. The library staff will photocopy up to five articles per journal issue for admitting physicians and affiliated users who work offsite. This applies to table of contents, from a computer search printout, or from bibliographies. This will be done as time permits, with patient care items having the highest priority. All users are encouraged to do their own photocopying whenever possible.

Library Collections

The library contains a selective, current collection of many of the most frequently used books and journals in clinical medicine. We have approximately 100 current journal subscriptions, with most being held for the past 5 - 10 years (many of those with online links to their web site) available for access simply by clicking on our Online Journals page.

Please consult the list of Journals Currently Held/Received, available in the library, for specific holdings information.

Look for the SHS logo when perusing the results of your PubMed search. This will link out to the full-text journal publisher provider we have a subscription to. Online Textbooks are also available directly at your desktop. In addition, full text journals and textbooks are also available through our subscriptions to MDConsult, Ovid, and others. Check with library staff for access.

Materials are available in both print and non-print formats for check-out or use in the library.


Our check out policy is as follows:

  • Books and audiovisual materials may be checked out for two weeks
  • Reference books and journals DO NOT CIRCULATE

Borrowed materials may be renewed, unless another patron has requested the item. Please try to return the material by the due date. Notices will be sent for overdue items, followed by a bill for the cost of replacement if the item is not returned.

Page Last Updated: February 17, 2010