FAQs

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?
What journals are available in the library?
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?
How do I access the Edmonds library?
Where can I learn more about the Edmonds physician e-library?

Where is the library located?
At First Hill, the library is located on A-Floor North, near Medical Education and next door to Medical Staff Services.

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 contacting security.

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.
For the Edmonds campus librarian, you can request searches by email 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.

What journals are available in the library?
A complete list of journals in the library is available on this Web site. There are also print copies of the journal holding lists available. If you don't see the one(s) you need, we can usually get it from another library.

How can I do my own literature searches?

Special Note: To obtain access to EBSCO, MD Consult, Ovid, and ProQuest, you will need to contact the library at library.requests@swedish.org to obtain a new-style username & password to use at that time. 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 Mike for an appointment or attend one of our training programs.

Are there online texts and journals I can access?
MD Consult is an integrated collection of reference books, journals, practice guidelines, patient education materials and drug information. Unique features include "Today In Medicine" and "What Patients Are Reading".

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. 

Are there other library resources available?
Yes. An electronic library resource is available to Swedish/Edmonds medical staff.
Why is there a separate Edmonds campus library?
Swedish/Edmonds (formerly Stevens Hospital) has a separate contract and arrangements made prior to the management agreement by Swedish in 2010.
How do I access the Edmonds library?
Several elements on the Edmonds physicians e-library are available to all at http://physlib.stevenshospital.org/. Some elements are accessible to only members of the medical staff at the Edmonds campus.
Where can I learn more?
Visit http://physlib.stevenshospital.org/ for menu choices and catalogs.

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