Swedish Library Services FAQs

The following is a list of frequently-asked questions (FAQs) about Swedish Library Services.

Where is the library located?
What are the library's hours?
What is the library's phone number?
What are the library's fax number?
How do I request a literature search?
How do I request an article or book?
How can I do my own literature searches?
Are there online texts and journals I can access?
Can the library send a requested article as a PDF?
Are there other library resources available?
Why is there a separate Edmonds campus library?

Where is the library located?
At First Hill, the library is located in Suite 1020 of the Heath Building, 801-Broadway. 

What are the library's hours?
The First Hill library is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. After hours access is available by swiping your ID badge on the card reader. 

What is the library's phone number?
First Hill: (206) 386-2484
Edmonds:  (425) 640-4394 (Mondays, 8 a.m.-noon)

What is the library's fax number?
First Hill: (206) 860-6582

How do I request a literature search?
You can request literature searches by phone, fax, email, in person or by filling out the online form.

How do I request an article or book?
You can request an article or book by phone, fax, email, in person or by filling out the online form.

How can I do my own literature searches?

Special Note: To obtain access to EBSCO, ClinicalKey, Ovid, and other resources, you will need a Swedish network username and password for which you are eligible as Swedish medical staff. You will log on using the same username & password for access to all of our databases.

You can search Medline and several other databases through the Web Site by using EBSCO (our Medline vendor). You must be an active member of the Swedish Medical Staff to access this service. EBSCO has a number of full-text journals available as part of its service. A one-page instruction sheet is available.

You can also use one of the "free" Medline databases available on the Web. One of the best versions is PubMed. If you use PubMed, we suggest you take advantage of its "Loansome Doc" feature for ordering articles from the library. Contact the library to obtain the necessary "LIBID" for the library.

Library staff is happy to help you learn to search these databases effectively. You can contact library staff for an appointment or attend one of our training programs.

Are there online texts and journals I can access?
ClinicalKey is an integrated collection of reference books, journals, practice guidelines, patient education materials and drug information. EBSCO and Ovid also offer journal access, and STAT!Ref offers several textbooks.

Can the library send a requested article as a PDF?

In today's electronic environment, the Swedish Library is fortunate to have access to many journals online and can very often send an article to a patron in an electronic format.  There are still, however, many items that are not available that way.  There are several reasons for this:

  • most materials published before the late 1990s are not available in PDF
  • adding electronic access to our print subscriptions requires additional (often significant) cost
  • license restrictions frequently forbid lending libraries to send articles in an electronic format
  • requesting a lending library send something to us electronically can increase the cost to us

Although the Library has scanning capability, we simply do not have the staff to convert all of the printed materials into an electronic format.

So - the answer to the question is  SOMETIMES.  Certainly if we have it available that way we gladly provide it as a PDF (it saves trees and time).  If lending libraries can or choose to send it electronically we will forward it on to you in the same format.  And, as time and the quality of the copy allows, we will scan and convert an occasional print copy to a PDF.