The Health Sciences Library is located on the first floor just off the main lobby at Hospital for Special Care. It is open to staff, patients and their families, as well as to students in affiliated programs. The librarian provides research assistance and conducts online database searches upon request. Resources for health professionals and consumers are available in the Health Sciences Library and Resource Center.

Library Hours

Open 7 am – 3 pm, Monday - Friday
Additional times by special arrangement with the librarian.
For assistance, please call 860.827.4875

Library Collection

  • General medical texts
  • Nursing and allied health references
  • Specialty texts related to the areas of rehabilitation, chronic diseases, and continuing care
  • Other resources specific to the needs of our patient population (e.g., pulmonary diseases, brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke rehabilitation, neurobehavioral problems, physical medicine and rehabilitation), including both professional and consumer health material.
  • The journal collection mirrors the focus of the book collection

What You'll Find in the Library

Online Resources

Catalogue, general Internet Access (including links to quality Web sites), and health information databases. WiFi access is also available.

Online Resources

Resource Center Media Room

A comfortable lounge with a flat screen television with DVD, VCR, and Nintendo Wii™ that is available for patients and families to use at their leisure. To reserve the room, please contact the librarian.

Literature Searches

Literature searches on topics of interest may be requested. The librarian will be glad to work with you to address your information needs. searches will be run by the librarian upon request.

Circulation Policy

  • Books may only be borrowed by staff members. Books circulate for four weeks. The borrower is responsible for the replacement costs of damaged or lost materials.

  • Reference books and journals do not leave the library. Photocopies may be made at no charge.

Interlibrary Loan

Materials not owned by the HSC library will be obtained for hospital staff from cooperating institutions. A fee may be charged. The Health Sciences Library participates in the cooperative lending programs sponsored by the National Library of Medicine. Member libraries may access our resources via interlibrary loan and/or in person.

To find links to related resources on the Web, check out our Health Library and Consumer Health Information links.