Medical Library

The services of the Medical Library at Nicklaus Children's Hospital are designed to promote quality health care and continued medical education through the provision of knowledge-based resources; in print and electronic formats as well as audiovisual materials. In addition to providing services to the medical and hospital staff, residents and students, the Medical Library serves as a resource center for the educational and research programs of Nicklaus Children's Hospital. In order to receive the services offered by the Nicklaus Children's Hospital Medical Library, all patrons must be registered, and be a part of the Nicklaus Children's Hospital staff.

Medline Searches

  • Request forms for this service are available at the NCHS portal library site
  • Requests can be taken or received via fax, phone, or email
  • Five computer workstations are accessible and four laptop computers are also available while the library is staffed.

Interlibrary Loans

Through our Interlibrary Loan program, patrons looking for articles not available at Nicklaus Children's Hospital are able to borrow or order from a network of 85 libraries. The Library staff will make every effort to locate material needed. Fees will be assessed on those articles obtained from out-of-town libraries.

We encourage you to e-mail your request. Turnaround time for this service is five working days; however, Patient Care Emergency Requests can be filled within 24 hours. Please let us know if material is needed immediately.

Codes for 24-hour Library Access

The Medical Library is available after hours and on weekends through badge access. During this time patrons can use the copier and computer terminals. No materials can be removed while unattended, since the Library is under strict security surveillance at all times. Failure to follow these guidelines will set off the alarm. A report must then be filed with security.

Access to Ovid Medline

The computers located in the medical library at Nicklaus Children's Hospital provide around the clock access to the Ovid Medline system, allowing patrons to run searches on Medline as well as other databases. Presently, there are hundreds of full-text journal titles available online. Users outside Nicklaus Children's Hospital may request an individual password for remote access to this system.

Other Resources

The Medical Library at Nicklaus Children's Hospital also provides information from other websites such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, and access to applications such as the Advisory Board, UptoDate and RefWorks.

About the Staff

The Medical Library falls under the Senior Director of Clinical Affairs, Elizabeth Menocal, who is on duty from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. There are also two support staff on duty from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.