Health Library Services

The Health Library & Resource Center is dedicated to helping patients, families and the community find the resources and information they need to make informed decisions about their health.

You can use the services at the Health Library & Resource Center, located on the main floor of the hospital, in person, over the phone or online. If you visit or call, you will be assisted by the same professional research librarians who support the information needs of physicians and nurses at the hospital.

At the Library

Members-only Databases

  • Medline with full text. Designed for doctors, this database provides nearly 3,400 full-text journals, covering virtually all areas of medical study.
  • Health Source: Consumer edition. This database is the richest collection of consumer health information available to libraries world-wide, featuring articles from 150 journals.
  • Up-to-Date. This exceptional resource, which is only available at the library, provides clinical and patient education. Physician editors maintain and update the content by reviewing hundreds of journals.

The Health Library Catalog

Look up the books, DVDs, CD-ROMs and journals available here in our library.

The Internet

Access subscription-only databases specializing in clinical and consumer health. (These databases are not available for free when browsing the web.) Search on your own, or tap into expert help from one of our experienced medical librarians. A great place to start your search is

Remote Access From Office or Home

Online Databases

Using the code on your free library membership card, you may access professional quality online databases of health information — the same databases used by your physician.

The Health Library Catalog

Look up the books, DVDs, CD-ROMs and journals available for check-out. If you find something of interest, give us a call and we can put it aside for you to pick up during library hours.

Research Help

If you need help doing research, give the medical librarians a call at 650-940-7210 or email them at with your information request.

Become a Member of Our Library

You do not need to be a member to visit or use the services of the Health Library & Resource Center; however, membership is free and offers a number of benefits:

  • Free check-out privileges for Health Library materials, including medical and consumer health books and DVDs
  • Free home access to medical or consumer health journals online
  • Free home access to 15 medical textbooks online
  • Free subscription to the library's email newsletter, Health e-Tips, which is full of helpful information about the hospital's upcoming lectures, events and news about your health.

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