Collections and Services

Archives collection

Items maintained in the non-circulating Archive collection are those that cover the history and founding of St. Patrick Hospital, the Sisters of Providence, staff or offer historical perspective on medical education and equipment.

AV collection

The audio/visual collection consists primarily of consumer health, continuing medical education, nursing education and certification videocassettes and DVDs.

Death collection

The Death collection was created with the gift of a small library of books and audio visuals from the Chalice of Repose when it closed. The collection incorporates books and audio-visuals on grief, coping, death and dying processes as well as compact discs and audiotapes of music.

General collection

The general collection is comprised of older editions of medical textbooks, new or newer editions of consumer health, nursing education, certification and processes books.

Lead (leadership) collection

The collection includes topics such as conflict resolution, managerial decision making, patient satisfaction and corporate leadership in both print and audio visual format.

Reference collection

The Reference Collection is a non-circulating collection of new or newer edition medical textbooks, medical and general dictionaries, nursing guidelines, Joint Commission materials.

Ridge collection

The Ridge Collection is a special medical ethics and medical humanities collection created by a generous gift to the Institute of Medicine & Humanities and housed at TLC.

Serials collection

The focus of the subscribed collection is medical and nursing research, information and education with subscriptions to core journals and those in the medical specializations of SPH.

Hospital “Reserves”

Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Annual Professional Enrichment (APE).  Other texts include the Back Care Boot Camp circulated for the Spine/Pain Center and Nursing Education’s DVDs for staff equipment training and orientations.

WWAMI collection

This small collection consists of textbooks purchased by Institute of Medicine & Humanities and is reserved for WWAMI students.

Literature search

Lit Searches are professional level searches of research databases and indexes to find the best practices or evidence to support patient care, diagnosis, treatment, policy-making and other hospital activities.

Information prescriptions

These are consumer level searches requested by physicians or nurses for their patients or requested by patients or health care consumers themselves. These are pulled from a variety of trusted resources and are specifically written to 5th to 7th grade reading level to reach the majority of users reading and understanding levels.

Interlibrary loans (ILL)

To access books and articles not owned by the library we participate in reciprocal sharing groups across the US and Canada. We have to abide by loaning library and copyright restrictions on ordering but we will contact you if there are problems. $15.00 charge for non-St. Patrick related requests.

Table of contents

Table of Contents and e-Table of Contents are provided as published to subscribed journals either in print or via email.  This is an easy way for providers and clinicians to stay abreast on the latest published research articles in their field.

Public computers

We have 10 computers that are available to staff to work on HealthStream, Kronos, APE, accessing email, research and other job related work.  They are also available to the public for research, communicating with family and friends about their loved ones, applying for jobs and school assignments. 

Magazine “recycling”

This is simply a way to increase the variety of magazines found in the hospital waiting areas.  Donations of recent magazines are accepted and redistributed all around the hospital.

Recreational reading collection

This collection is a non-cataloged continually changing “collection” of used paperback and hardback books donated to TLC by patients, staff and volunteers of SPH.  The collection is shelved generally by genre and ideally provides an option for patients and their families who are tired of TV or need “something to pass the time”. Library staff is available to take books to patient rooms upon request.