Clinical Center News
Spring 2018

Catalog of patient library resources now accessible online

Child reading a book
 

The NIH Clinical Center patient library catalog recently went digital – NIH patients, their family members and caregivers can now go online from any computer, tablet or mobile device to browse and reserve more than 7,000 available items.

Previously, the catalog was only accessible to those who traveled to the 7th floor to conduct a search. Now users can review materials at home and hold them for when they arrive. If they’re already in the hospital, guests can use their bedside TV/Tablet.

The Patient Library offers books, audio books, music, DVDs and XBOX 360 games. They subscribe to over 30 magazines as well as The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal newspapers. Laptops, tablets, and musical instruments on hand for check out.

The library recently added the three-part Discovery series First in Human, which aired in August 2017, to their tablets. The series captures the real-life experiences of doctors, researchers, staff, patients and their caregivers at the Clinical Center. Patients, their family members and care providers can ask a librarian to access the show, or, inpatients can call 301-451-7603 and staff can make arrangements to bring a tablet to the bedside.