Library Services

Geisinger Commonwealth Library provides the following services:

  • Access to electronic information resources including a core collection of health sciences resources and tools licensed for all students, faculty and staff;
  • Access to resources and services across all locations on and off Geisinger Commonwealth educational sites via Geisinger Commonwealth’s Library Website
  • 24/7 access to computers at all Geisinger Commonwealth educational sites
  • Orientation to library services and resources on demand
  • Document delivery and interlibrary loan services
  • Current awareness services
  • Reference and consultation services

The Collections

The primary mission of the Library is to support the information, education and research needs of the students, faculty, and staff of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Our authorized users are provided access to Geisinger Commonwealth’s Library Website where electronic library resources are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

The library is 95% electronic, with access to high-quality, evidence-based databases, e-journals, e-books and point of care resources. The library maintains a core collection of more than 1,800 biomedical titles. All titles are carefully monitored for use by students, faculty and staff. Collection development decisions are made by presenting usage statistics and feedback to Geisinger Commonwealth’s Curriculum Action Committee (CAC) Library Subcommittee.

Electronic Resources

Geisinger Commonwealth’s Library Website makes it possible for our users to access an extensive collection of electronic resources on campus or anywhere they are located. The library’s electronic resources include online databases, electronic journal collections, electronic book collections, and evidence-based, point-of-care resources. A list of our electronic resources can be found on the Databases page on the library website.

Information Literacy and Biomedical Informatics Instruction

The library offers one-on-one training sessions, as well as a variety of small-group, hands-on classes. Online instructional tutorials, presentations and guides are also available on the library website.

The library has integrated information literacy training into the first year of the MD course: Physician and Society. The library director and librarians participate in the delivery of library instruction, create online tutorials, develop instructional materials and evaluate library instruction effectiveness in support of the curricula.