• Overview Literature Searches
    Staff & Contact Info Borrowing Materials
    Library Hours Purchase Recommendations
    Off-Campus Access Interlibrary Loan Requests
    Reference Using Other Libraries
    Reserves   FERPA Information  
    Journals
    Databases and Fulltext
     
    Overview

    The Health Sciences Library is a hub within the College’s learning community, providing access to current, authoritative resources that support the College and Lancaster General community.

    Access to all of the Library’s online resources, including electronic journals, a host of databases, the online catalog, eBooks, and other materials guides is available on the Internet. Penn Medicine/Lancaster General Health employees may access library materials on-site, or remotely through Citrix. Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences faculty, students and staff may access library materials on all campus locations, and off-campus after authenticating using a personal PA College network credentials..

    The Health Sciences Library is located in the College Campus, 850 Greenfield Road, in the Learning Commons.  A satellite location is within Lancaster General Hospital, within the James Street Lobby.  Patients, their families, and members of the community are invited to use the Library's Patient Education Collection, containing numerous pamphlets, and books geared specifically to non-professionals. (Computer workstations are reserved for PA College or Penn Medicine/Lancaster General Health users, and require network login credentials.)

    The Library’s online resources are comprised of thousands of eJournals as well as an extensive eBook collection, as well as print materials. AV materials (anatomical models, charts, DVDs, etc.) are also available. The Director collaborates with librarians,  faculty, researchers, and clinicians to ensure that top-quality resources are available to meet the academic, research, and clinical information needs of all.

    The Library's online resources include a multitude of online databases--check out our Databases A-to-Z page to learn more!

    Have a question? Contact your Library!


    Staff & Contact Information

    Library – Main Number: 717-947-6022
    General email: Library @PACollege.edu

    Name Title Chief Areas of Responsibility
     Cynthia McClellan, MLS, AHIP
    717-957-6170

    Library Director  Management and administration, collection and resource development, research and reference.
     Christina Steffy, MLIS
    717-947-6142
    Manager, Library Support Services Library user support and outreach services, interlibrary loan, research and reference.
     Amy Snyder, MSLS
    717-947-6215  
    Education Librarian Library instruction and outreach services, interlibrary loan, reference
    Scott Denlinger, MS
    717-957-6128
    Librarian, Systems and Digital Collections Information access, database and full-text resource administration, technical services.

    Hours

    Regular Hours (Greenfield Campus): Summer Hours (Greenfield): Lancaster General Hospital (James St. Lobby)
    Mon.-Fri: 8:30am-6:00pm   Monday-Friday 8:30-5pm Mon - Thur., 8:30 - 4pm.
    Saturday: 12:00pm-5:00pm Closed Saturdays     Closed Saturdays & Sundays
    Closed for major holidays. Hours subject to change during session breaks--check Libray News for updates.

     

    Off-Campus Access: Students and Faculty may access the library resource remotely through EZProxy, using their network credentials.


    Reference
    Reference services are available from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, or contact a library at 717-947-6022, use our Ask A Librarian form, or send an email to Library @PACollege.edu.

    Reserves
    Please contact the Library to request that the Library place a title on Reserve. To request that the Library purchase a new title or updated edition for Reserves, please complete a Book Purchase Request form as well (one per title), and indicate on it that you wish the title to be located in Reserve. You may place your personal materials on Reserve by bringing them to the Circulation Desk (preferably 8:30 am - 5 pm)

    If you have books on Reserve from a previous semester, you will receive a list detailing these titles via email. Please indicate whether you would like the Library to retain or remove these from Reserve. Please contact Christina Steffy, Manager of Library Services, at 947-6142 with questions.

    Journals
    The library subscribes to about 200 print periodicals which are shelved alphabetically, and over 11,000 electronic titles are available via the LGH network. See our journal list for holdings information. (Use VPN access for access from remote locations.)

    Databases and Fulltext
    The library is committed to bringing the library to your desktop by providing seamless access to electronic resources. The Library's online resources include a multitude of online databases--check out our Databases A-to-Z page to learn more!
    Literature Searches
    Need to do a literature search? The library has access to numerous online databases in a variety of disciplines. Searches can also be done by librarians at no charge for faculty or Lancaster General personnel. To use the online search service, fill out a Literature Search Request Form, available on the home page under Forms--or contact us by phone or stop by the Library..

    Checking out books
    Books are loaned for a 2-week period; registration and a current ID are required. If required for a longer period, please discuss with a librarian. Please be aware that if another customer places a request on a book that you have checked out for more than 3 weeks, it may be recalled. The Health Sciences Library protects our patrons’ privacy; all does not share circulation information (except by court order).  Please be considerate of others and return the materials when due.

    Materials can be self-renewed through the Online Catalog, in-person, or by contacting the Library.

    If you would like to borrow a book that is not owned by the Library, please complete a Book Request Form, available from the Library’s homepage, under Forms.
    Book Purchases
    A good library collection results from the collaboration of the librarians and faculty. A librarian will be happy to meet with you or your department to discuss collection development in your discipline. While the Library Director is responsible for final selection, your input is essential. Please use the Book Purchase Recommendation form to request a specific title that you feel would be a beneficial addition to the collection.

    Specific to the College, the goal of the library is to provide materials designed to support the curriculum, including materials to support curriculum development, teaching.professional development, and lifelong learning throughout the  college community.

    Interlibrary Loan and Using Other Local Libraries
    Books and journal articles that are not owned by this library may be requested through using a a form, available on the library's home page. There is no charge for this service to faculty. We are unable, however, to provide copies of dissertations, and must pass the charge along to the individual or department for such requests.

    Through the Library’s membership in the Associated College Libraries of Central Pennsylvania (ACLCP), LG faculty and students and others may visit and borrow materials from 24 other member libraries. Please contact the Health Sciences Library, or visit the ACLCP website for reciprocal library policies, and to identify partner libraries. When visiting other libraries, LG patrons must adhere to all policies of the hosting library.

    Please consult the "Interlibrary Loan" and "ACLCP Libraries" tabs within this guide for additional information.

    Information Literacy
    According to the Association of College & Research Libraries[i], An information literate student is able to successfully:
    * Determine the extent of information needed
    * Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
    * Evaluate information and its sources critically
    * Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base
    * Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
    * Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally

    Our aim is to empower Lancaster General College students in order to effrectively locate, use, and evaluate information.

    Sessions for Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences Students:

    A professional health sciences librarian is available to provide in-class information literacy sessions at the introductory level and beyond.. Please contact our Education Librarian, Amy Snyder, to discuss your needs and/or schedule a session, or feel free to use the "Contact A Librarian" form, available on the Library's website.

    The Library can also provide assistance in designing introductory, advanced, and discipline-specific assignments to strengthen students’ research and information literacy skills.

    The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

    The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)[20 U.S.C. §1029(f) and 20 U.S.C. §1232(g) is the federal statute that protects the privacy of student education records and prohibits the release of student information to third parties, including the student's parents, without the student’s consent. Examples of information that may not be made public include: grades, transcripts, social security numbers, gender, race, ethnicity.

    “Directory information” is not protected under FERPA regulations and may be shared. Directory information may include the student’s name, address, telephone number and email address, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, dates of attendance, degree and awards received, most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student, enrollment status and other information.

    Information from the US Department of Education:

    http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html
    http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/reg/ferpa/index.html
    http://ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/students.html


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    Overview Hours
    Electronic Books Reference Books & Periodicals
    Assistance with the Use of Library Resources Interlibrary Loan
    Borrowing Materials Using Other Libraries
    Course Reserves Additional Information
    FERPA  
    Overview

    The Health Sciences Library is a hub within the College’s learning community, providing access to current, authoritative resources that support the College and Hospital community.

    Access to all of the Library’s online resources, including electronic journals, a host of databases, the online catalog, eBooks, and other materials guides is available through the LGH network. Remote access is available via VPN or Citrix, enabling research from home or other locations.

    The Health Sciences Library is located on the first floor of Lancaster General Hospital, near the James Street entrance. With approximately 2800 square feet of space and seating for 42. The Library contains two large tables, study carrels, and a lounge area. Ten networked computer workstations are available for the use of students, faculty, and hospital personnel. Patients, their families, and the community are invited to use the Library as well, with a special collection containing books on a wide range of diseases and conditions geared specifically to non-professionals.

    The Library’s online collections consist of thousands of eJournals as well as a growing collection of close to 200 eBooks. Print media includes nearly 8000 books, and subscriptions to numerous print journals. In addition, AV materials (anatomical models, DVDs, etc.) are also available. The Director collaborates with staff, the College’s faculty, and Hospital personnel to ensure that resources are available to meet both educational and clinical information needs.

    Networked computer workstations provide access to a multitude of online databases, including the EBSCOhost suite (CINAHL Plus, Rehabilitation Reference Center, PsycInfo, The Cochrane Library, Health Business Elite, Academic Search Premier.... etc!). Additional databases include MD Consult, The Natural Standard; Access Medicine and Access Surgery; Stat!Ref; UpToDate; PsychiatryOnline; and the Ovid search platform.

    Check out our Databases page to learn more!



    Electronic Books

    The Library provides access to a wide variety of electronic books available via the following:

    Consult the Library’s Online Catalog, or Discovery Service to identify eBooks within the collection..


    Assistance with the Use of Library Resources
    New students and faculty are oriented to the Library by the Library staff. Librarians collaborate with faculty to provide information literacy instruction on a variety of topics. Interactive tutorials are also available via the Library’s website. Contact  for additional information at 717-947-6022.

    For personalized assistance in retrieving books, making photocopies, or using other Library equipment, stop by the Circulation Desk or call 947-6022.. For more information or to discuss any special needs, contact the Director at 947-6170..


    Borrowing Materials
    Hospital personnel, medical staff, PCHS students and faculty, and allied health professionals may use the Library and borrow materials. Registration and a valid identification badge is required.

    Circulating Materials
    • Books are loaned for a two-week period. Renewals are typically granted by contacting the Library (unless a hold has been placed on an item by another patron). Users may take out up to 10 items at one time, and not all from the same subject area.
    • Books may be recalled at any time if a hold is placed by another customer, which could shorten the loan period.
    • Books may be returned to the Concierge Desk when the Library is closed (Lancaster General location only).

    Course Reserves
    The Library maintains copies of supplemental materials, placed on Reserve by the faculty. These materials are for Library use only.

    Reference Books and Periodicals
    Reference books and periodicals (bound and unbound) may not be removed from the Library.

    Interlibrary Loan
    Please consult the "Interlibrary Loan" tab within this guide for additional information.

    Using Other Libraries

    Through the Library’s membership in the Associated College Libraries of Central Pennsylvania (ACLCP), LGC students may visit and borrow materials from 24 member libraries, including Franklin & Marshall, Harrisburg Area Community College, and Elizabethtown College. Please contact the Health Sciences Library, or visit the ACLCP website for reciprocal library policies, and to identify partner libraries. When visiting other libraries, LG patrons must adhere to all policies of the hosting library.

    Please consult the "ACLCP Libraries" tab within this guide for additional information.


    LIBRARY HOURS 
    Regular Hours (Greenfield Campus): Summer Hours (Greenfield): Lancaster General Hospital (James St. Lobby)
    Mon.-Fri: 8:30am-6:00pm   Monday-Friday 8:30-5pm Mon - Thur., 8:30 - 4pm.
    Saturday: 12:00pm-5:00pm Closed Saturdays     Closed Saturdays & Sundays
    Closed for major holidays.   Hours subject to change during session breaks--check Libray News for updates.