Three years ago the library went on card access only from 5 PM until 6 AM Monday through Friday and from 5 PM Friday until 6 AM Monday. The impetus that made it happen was not loss of books but my VP discovered that several evening and night shift employees were hiding out in the library and making many phone calls. The need for the CD-ROM computer to be available 24 hours a day appeared to be only a supporting argument. Card access (computer print out of who entered is available to me upon request) has worked well after an initial outcry. Card access is automatically given to all doctors on active staff, all pharmacists, all nurse managers nursing supervisors and clinical nurse specialists. Fortunately I talked to the VP/Nursing beforehand and she approved. Staff nurses were a bit upset but told if they needed card access they could ask for it. For those who do ask I fill out a brief form and send it to Security after I explain to the requestor that there will be a computer record of any entry. Almost no books have disappeared but strangely enough journal loss (never a significant problem, but annoying) has remained the same. Only once has there been a need to get a print out of who was in the library the night before (a broken printer). I merely sent a note to that person telling them who could help them if this problem occurs again. Library did not pay for the system but since other areas of hospital have similar and ceiling wiring was already in place, I seem to remember cost was about $500.