About the Library
The Richard M. Johnston Health Sciences Library contains printed books and periodicals and 18 computer terminals with access to electronic journals and books.
Quiet study space is provided by numerous tables and desks for group or individual study.
Hours: The library is open Mondays to Fridays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Hospital staff and students may contact Security to arrange access at other times.
Contact Information/ Librarian Assistance:
Email: AGH Library
Phone: 412.359.3040 (AGH Library)
The Western Pennsylvania Hospital offers a Patient and Family Education Center within the Richard M. Johnston Health Sciences Library.
The Center serves as a learning resource for patients and their families, offering computer access to the latest educational materials.
Visit the Patient and Family Education Center Web site for more information.
What is in the Health Sciences Library collection?
Nursing Student Reserve Collection
The Nursing Student Reserve Collection is a set of textbooks, articles, assignments, and videos set aside for WPH School of Nursing and Clarion School of Nursing students. This collection resides on the lower level of the library on the far left wall near the photocopier. Items are arranged according to course name and number. Items in this collection do not circulate outside of the library but may be photocopied.
The general text (monograph) collection consists of everything remaining on the shelving stacks after the Nursing Student Reserve Collection. The texts are shelved according to subject areas categorized by the National of Library of Medicine classification system. NLM call numbers (like those found in a regular library) are located on the spine of each text and dictate where the text is shelved. For a listing of subject areas under which texts are grouped, please refer to the National Library of Medicine’s Classification Chart located near the Stacks.
Journals (periodicals or serials) are located in the back roomon the lower level of the library. Journals are shelved alphabetically according to the title. Individual issues within a title are shelved chronologically. The majority of the journal collection begins at 1993 and continues to the present.
About half of the journals are “active”subscriptions, meaning they are currently being received by the library. About half of the collection is “dormant,”meaning the subscription has ceased and is no longer being received by the library.
How do I access the Internet from the Library computers?
If you wish to print from a Library computer, you must first login. Printing from the computers is free.
If you do not wish to print from a Library computer, you may cancel the login prompts and proceed directly to the desktop icons. To use the Internet, click on the Internet Explorer icon. The opening page should be the Richard M. Johnston Health Sciences Library Home Page.
From the library's homepage, you have many options:
- On the right side of the screen there are Quick Links to the most popular Library resources. You will find electronic journals, electronic texts, and other electronic resources.
- You may search databases such as PubMed by clicking the links to these databases. If you want to do a basic Internet search, try using Google, at http://www.google.com.
How do I check out a Library book?
To check out a library book:
- First, be sure the book 'circulates' (is not a Reference book or on the Reserve list).
- Locate circulation index card in pocket, usually inside book cover, sometimes in the back.
- Sign your name and phone number on the index card.
- Give the card to the librarian. If librarian is not present, leave signed card in box outside of the office door, lower level of the Library next to the elevator.
You may keep the book for 2 weeks and renew it as necessary.
If the book does not circulate, it must stay in the Library. Feel free to photocopy the pages that you need.
If you think the book is just missing its circulation card, see the librarian. If she is not available, and the book does not have a “For Reference”sticker on it, please write down the title and call number of the book and leave it in the box outside the librarian’s door.
How can I view a video in the Library?
West Penn Hospital School of Nursing videos are arranged by course number on the shelving units next to the Reserve texts, in the aisle near the photocopier on the lower level of the Library.
Select the video that you wish to view. Take it to the Patient and Family Education Center on the upper level of the Library. There you will find two videocassette players. One is attached to the wall and is ideal for group viewing. The other is located in the study carrel furthest from the entrance to the room. This has headphones attached and is recommended for use if you are alone and would prefer privacy. Also, if others are using the room for other purposes, you may want to consider using the headphones to keep noise at a minimum.
When you have finished viewing the video, please rewind it and place it back on the shelf in the section where it belongs.
Videos are on Reserve for the entire student body and may not leave the library unless you have written permission from the instructor.
Please be considerate of you fellow classmates and remember that they are required to view the videos in the time allotted also.