Very sad when medical libraries are closed to members/patients/families and the community. We pride ourselves at our library in providing quality health information to these groups.

This assists the health care providers when the patient has learned more information about their health care issues.

I opened my first medical library to the  80's and will continue until the day I retire. I have been doing this work for 44 years.


David G Keddle
Director, Medical Library Services
Clinical Information Specialist
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There may be other issues with funding and public access. However, the one that may be most important to many of us is the issue of being a qualified library for interlibrary loan under section 108 of the copyright act, excerpted below.

"the collections of the library or archives are (i) open to the public, or (ii) available not only to researchers affiliated with the library or archives or with the institution of which it is a part, but also to other persons doing research in a specialized field; and ..." ( )

How your library complies with that may differ widely from library to library, however, if your library does not comply, it is not eligible to take part in interlibrary loan activities. Note that it says "open to the public, OR (emphasis mine). So all should keep that in mind when formulating policies and procedures.

Barbara S. Reich, MLS, AHIP
Medical Library

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Subject: [MEDLIB-L] ?? Hospital library security vs patient/consumer access

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Good Morning,
We had to have a homeless mentally ill person escorted from the library by security again and discussion is now afoot to keep the library door locked 24/7 and have access via hospital i-disc only. While that sounds like the perfect solution I recall seeing things on the list serv in the past about funding being tied to providing public access. And I also have some concerns since our policies and plan of service specify that patients, families and consumers are allowed to use the library. If the door is always locked that puts a crimp in that access.
I am hoping that those hospital libraries that are in permanent lockdown, for lack of a better term, can offer insight about how they manage to continue to provide access to those non-staff groups - what is their process and how well does it work? I have visions despite all the signs and re-education we do of people knocking on the door driving my assistant nuts. Or having one of the well-meaning students or residents just letting them in anyway, so we become the library monitors - a job I have been trying to avoid.

Any and all suggestions are welcome and will be summarized for the list.

Joan Yanicke, MALS, AHIP
Director of Library Services
St. Vincent Hospital / MetroWest Medical Center Worcester / Framingham / Natick MA [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>

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