z Health & Medicine - Referrals
The Mid-Manhattan Library's Health Information Center is the primary NYPL location for medical and health information. Although the Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL) owns some medical directories, dictionaries, handbooks, and periodicals, readers are encouraged to use the following locations for medical and consumer health research.
Health Information Center (HIC)
455 Fifth Ave (corner of 40 St. 2nd floor)
Check New York Public Library's online catalog for circulating/reference health related materials such as the following in HIC and other branches in the system:
- prescription drug information
- physician credentials
- specific diseases and disorders
- alternative medicine
- exercise, diet, and nutrition.
- indexes and subscriptions to over 200 medical, nursing, allied health, and consumer health periodicals
The New York Public Library offers a limited document delivery service for health and medical journal articles for personal use only, with certain restrictions. Articles may take up to several weeks to arrive; $1.00 is charged for each article request.
The HIC also works with the NYPL's community health information service - CHOICES. This program has a NYPL representative for each borough, who can be called upon with reference questions. CHOICES also coordinates public programs sponsored by local organizations in New York City and held in the branch libraries (http://www.nypl.org/events/branchevents.cfm).
New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Ave (corner of 103rd St)
Mon Tue Thu Fri 9-5 Wed 9-7
The only publicly accessible medical research library in the New York metropolitan area. Offers:
- free telephone reference
- on-site use of its collections
- free on-line searching of the National Library of Medicine's databases
- history of medicine, and the more specialized technical or clinical medical journals not found at the Mid-Manhattan Library's Health Information Center.
Note: Although materials cannot be borrowed by the public, interlibrary loan requests are honored. Photocopying services are provided.
NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene Public Health Library
455 First Avenue, Room 1200 (between 26th and 27th St.)
311 or (212) 447-2981
This library, open to the public, has a collection of books, periodicals, videotapes, and databases covering a wide range of health topics. Materials must be used on site but videotapes may be loaned out with limitations. Free photocopying is provided on site, and links to some free full text online journals and databases are accessible from their website.
Check the online catalog for titles of books, titles of periodicals, or search by keyword or subject. SIBL has some basic medical and pharmaceutical reference books and directories (e.g., PDR, Merck Manual, Harrison's Internal Medicine, directories of physicians, medical dictionaries), and subscribes to several journals (New England Journal, JAMA, Lancet). Browse the Library of Congress class "R" section of the open shelf reference collection to find medical dictionaries, directories, encyclopedias, and handbooks.
Health/medical information may also be found in electronic databases accessible from NYPL's Branch or Research Libraries systems:
For Branch Libraries' e-resources, some of which are accessible from home with a valid NYPL branch library card, see: http://www.nypl.org/databases/, then click on the "Health & Medicine" subject to obtain a list of related databases.
For Research Libraries' electronic databases, which are presently available on-site only, see: http://www.nypl.org/databases/. From there, one can search for databases by subject (i.e. health, medicine), location, resource type, or title.
Users can access the following selected electronic databases, available at SIBL only, during regular library hours, through computers located in the Elizabeth and Felix Rohatyn Electronic Information Center located on the lower level of the library. Reservations using one of the touch-screen kiosks are required for usage of computer workstations.
- Science Citation Index
Index and Abstract Database. Citations to the literature of science, technology, medicine, and related disciplines from 3,300 science journals worldwide, as well as science articles from journals in the social sciences. Searchable by author's name, title words, author addresses, cited works, cited authors, and journal titles. 1992 - Present. For earlier years, see the printed Cumulative Science Citation Index on the library's lower level. Updated: Quarterly.
A publicly accessible web site and a service of the National Library of Medicine, provides access to over 12 million MEDLINE citations back to the mid-1960's, life science journals, and links to many sites providing full text articles and other related resources.
For additional health/medical web sites, please see "Health & Medicine" link on NYPL's Best of the Web page: http://www.nypl.org/links/.