Ever wondered what the inside of a hospital library looks like? Well today I’m going to show you.
At least what MY library looks like.
I keep the door open when I’m working, but when I’m not, the physicians can still access it via the door code. The library is accessible 24 hours a day to anyone with the code.
The view right as you walk in. To the left is my office and to the left is a display shelf with all the latest print journals.
Four computers and a printer. Computers (and really the library in general) are only open to hospital staff. I will sometimes allow volunteers to use the computers if we aren’t busy, but patients are never allowed to use the facility. This is a true research library.
This is the only real study space I have, much to my chagrin. The furniture is leftover from the old library, uncomfortable, out of date, and it doesn’t match at all. I’m always embarrassed when I have to give tours, but that’s what happens when you spend all your money on providing good resources rather than decorating.
This is directly across from the little study space. You are looking at the back part of my print journals and the two front shelves (both are two sided) that hold the book collection, which is about 600 volumes.
A better look at part of my book collection. The books are classified in the NLM scheme, which confuses the doctors, so I provide little labels under each section to make it easier for them to find what they are looking for.
The other side of the front book shelf. Along the left and back sides are the journal collection. I keep (mostly) the two most current years in the library and the rest of the run (if I have it) in my storage space. To the far left (out of sight) is the copier and “please-get-them-out-of-here-because-they-are-super-old” books.
The view of my desk from my office door. Notice how messy my desk is? I wanted to give you the full effect of my everyday life. That, and I didn’t feel like straightening it up. I’m sure you appreciate me keeping it real. 🙂
The other side of my office from my desk. This is the work station and the library assistant’s desk. She only works two days a week at my library which is handy when you have to share an 11×13 foot office. It’s tiny for two people.
Thanks for stopping by my library for a visit! What do you think?