Health Sciences Library

Greenville Health System (GHS) Health Sciences Library provides information to Greenville County health professionals to support patient care, education, and research. With over 30,000 volumes, 400 current print subscriptions, 6,000 electronic journals, electronic databases, and a staff including three Masters level librarians, finding access to relevant and current medical information is quick and easy.

In 2007, the library won first place in the Medical Library Association's annual nationwide competition for creative promotions of library services during the celebration of National Medical Librarians month.

The library is located on the first floor level of Greenville Memorial Hospital.

HOURS OF OPERATION:

Monday – Thursday 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Greenville Health System
Health Sciences Library
701 Grove Road
Greenville, SC 29605

phone: (864) 455-7176
fax: (864) 455-5696

COMPUTER CAPABILITIES:
GHS staff visiting the library have access to 16 desktop and 12 laptop computers. Each computer has Internet access and the Microsoft Office Suite. In the library computer classroom, 6 individual desktop computers are used for instructional classes on medical information on the Internet and the library’s electronic services.

ELECTRONIC RESOURCES:
A variety of databases, full-text resources, and electronic books are available for GHS staff. All resources with the exception of UpToDate, are available through any computer with Internet access at home, office or on any GHS campus. Examples of resources include but are not limited to:

Databases:

  • CINAHL (Nursing & Allied Health)
  • Cochrane Library including the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (Evidence-Based Medicine)
  • HAPI (Health & Psychosocial Instruments)
  • Health Business Elite
  • International Pharmaceutical Abstracts
  • MD Consult
  • MEDLINE (EBSCO, PubMed, & OVID)
  • SocINDEX with full text
  • Sports Discus with Full Text
  • UpToDate (clinical care)
  • RefWorks
  • NCME TV (Continuing Medical Education)

Electronic Books:

  1. Access Medicine
  2. Books@OVID
  3. STAT!Ref

Since the electronic materials are accessed through a contract and licenses with the supplying company, they are available to staff only. See Electronic Resources for a list with links to free medical databases and books.

RESEARCH AND REFERENCE: 

With three Masters level librarians, the staff can locate important information in a timely manner. In-depth searches from a variety of databases are offered to all GHS employees at no charge, same day or while you wait. Patient care topics are given priority. Reference assistance includes answers to reference questions using print, online and internet sources as well as assistance with verification of citations and identification of journals for research and publication.

BORROWING POLICIES:
Health professionals who are employed by or affiliated with GHS may check out material from the Health Sciences Library for a period of two weeks and renew as needed. Journals and reserve books do not circulate. Lost or damaged material must be paid for by patrons. Students from local colleges and universities as well as the general public may use materials in the library during regular hours.

DOCUMENT DELIVERY:
Books, copies of journal articles and audiovisuals can be borrowed from other libraries. This automated system is set up between the GHS Health Sciences Library and the National Library of Medicine with both geographical location and fees as factors. The cost, determined by the lending library, is $5 to $15 and is passed on to the patron. Selected journal articles can be accessed electronically while print articles are received in three to five days.

PHOTOCOPYING:
Copy machines are available in the library for patron use. Copies are 10 cents per page. Departments within the system may set up an account or transfer funds for these charges.

FAX:
Patrons are encouraged to fax (864-455-5646) or e-mail (library@ghs.org) requests directly to the library. Articles needed for emergency patient care decisions that are not in our library can be e-mailed or faxed from other libraries often within the same day.

TABLE OF CONTENTS SERVICE:
The library staff will keep physicians and staff informed on current publications by performing regular author/subject searches or by photocopying tables of contents of journals as they arrive in the library. Some tables of contents can be e-mailed.


INSTRUCTIONAL OPPORTUNITIES:

The Health Sciences Library staff offers presentations on library services as part of conferences, seminars, and departmental and medical staff meetings. Orientations and tours are scheduled as requested for new students, residents, medical staff, and managers on both a group and an individual basis. Classes are offered regularly at no charge on Internet searching, searching PubMed, the National Library of Medicine’s database, and more. 

SPECIAL COLLECTION:
A satellite library at Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital contains material on rehabilitation medicine.

AUDIOVISUAL EQUIPMENT:
DVD and videocassette players are available for viewing material in the library. All audiovisual equipment remains in the library. Call the GHS audiovisual department to check out equipment.