The George A. Degenshein, MD Memorial Library

The mission of the George A. Degenshein, MD Memorial Library is to ensure excellence in the management, access, and dissemination of knowledge-based information and services; and to provide instruction on the best use of informational tools, in order to support quality patient care, continuing education, and research.

Our library is conveniently located in the Administration Building on the 5th Floor

Privileges of the Medical Library

The extensive collection and services of the George A. Degenshein, MD Memorial Library are available to all employees, attending physicians, rotating students, and volunteers at Maimonides Medical Center.

The library’s collection consists of print and electronic books and journals, as well as audiovisuals. The library maintains a well-stocked collection of videos, slides, audiocassettes, and X-rays. Equipment is available in the library’s multi-media room for viewing software and for producing slides. The software programs may also be borrowed.

The library offers electronic access to health sciences literature and information worldwide via the Degenshein Library’s Intranet Website, which includes access to our subscriptions to bibliographic and full-text databases. We provide training on the use of these resources.

The library provides access to more than 1,000 journals and maintains an onsite collection of approximately 15,000 bound volumes and over 5,000 books

Searching and services

End-user searching

For those who wish to perform their own searching, end-user searching of the library’s comprehensive collection of full-text databases and print material is available by using the computers and resources in the library. Access to selected databases is also available in designated locations throughout the institution.


Knowledge-based full text and bibliographic databases include, but are not limited to:

  • AccessAnesthesiology
  • AccessEmergency Medicine
  • Access Medicine
  • AccessObGyn
  • AccessPediatrics
  • AccessSurgery
  • Business and Company Resource Center
  • ClinicalKey
  • The Cochrane Library
  • Health and Medicine
  • Micromedex
  • Newspaper Indexes (New York State, National, and International
  • Ovid Medline
  • Pubmed
  • PsychiatryOnline
  • Psychology Collection
  • PubsHub
  • StatRef
  • UpToDate
  • And more!

Free delivery service

The library participates in a free delivery service with other libraries in New York City. If you have books or journals to send to another medical library, call us to see if that library is on the free delivery route. This is especially valuable when you are doing a rotation at another hospital and need to return the items you borrowed. This service is available to all Maimonides employees, attending physicians, and rotating students.

Interlibrary loan service

If the library does not have the item you need, every effort will be made to obtain it for you through the library’s memberships in professional organizations. These memberships include the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and other local, state, and regional consortiums where we have access to the holdings of more than 5,000 libraries nationally and internationally.

An interlibrary loan request form is available in the library or on our Intranet website.

Mediated searching

Mediated or librarian-performed searches are available for those who do not wish to perform their own searching. These searches, tailored to your specific information needs, are done by appointment. It is recommended you be present so we may receive feedback, ask questions, and make modifications. The librarian will formulate a customized search strategy, determine the best database or resource to meet your needs, provide instruction and make further recommendations. Assistance with evidence-based medicine searching is also available.

Our library staff will assist you in your search for healthcare information—from finding a quick fact to providing instruction on the best use of informational tools relevant to your research, we’re here to help

Library hours

Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Hospital Holidays: Closed

For more information about the George A. Degenshein, MD Memorial Library, contact Judy Lee, Director of Medical Library at (718) 283-8311.


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