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Health Library and Resource Center

Health Library and Resource Center

When you or a loved one is going through a health crisis, it can be daunting. You may want a better understanding of exactly what is wrong, or what something means. Enter the Health Library and Resource Center (HLRC) at El Camino Hospital. Our staff is dedicated to helping patients, families and the community find the resources and information the need to make informed decisions about their health. Here are some of the services offered free of charge:

Research Help


  • If you need help doing research, give the medical librarians a call at 650-940-7379 (Mountain View) or 408-866-4044 (Los Gatos) or email them at with your information request. They are available to help find research, articles and medical journals to help you better understand medical conditions, information on clinical trials, and much more.

  • The Internet
    While internet searches at home can be helpful, the HLRC at El Camino Hospital has access to subscription–only databases specializing in clinical and consumer health. You’ll be able to access the databases, print out articles and send information to loved ones for free.


  • 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 (available only at the library) - this exceptional resource provides clinical and patient education. Physician editors maintain and update the content by reviewing hundreds of journals.

    Health Library Catalog
    Hundreds of books, DVDs, CD-ROMS and journals available for check out in our library.

The Health Library and Resource Center also provides access to health services that are important to the wellness and prevention of illness to our entire community.

  • Blood Pressure Screenings
    A registered nurse volunteer provides free blood pressure monitoring every Friday morning from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (except holidays) on the first floor of the main hospital building on the Mountain View campus. No appointment needed.

  • Ask the Pharmacist
    An El Camino Hospital pharmacist will review all your medications, over-the-counter drugs, herbal supplements and vitamins in relation to your diagnosis, as well as answer your questions. Available on our Mountain View campus.

  • Consult the Dietitian
    Good nutrition is important for the maintenance of good health. Our dietitian will meet with you in a private consultation to review your current diet and evaluate your nutritional status.

  • Eldercare Services
    Eldercare services help older adults and their family caregivers find all the resources they need. Our eldercare counselors are familiar with all the organizations and programs serving older adults in the local area, so they can link you with resources that are affordable, efficient and proven.

  • Advance Health Care Directives
    We offer free consultations to help you create this important document.

  • Medicare Consultations
    We provide free insurance counseling to help older adults make informed choices about health insurance.

To book an appointment for one of these services, please call the HLRC at 650-940-7210.

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