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Boston Children's Hospital Library

The Boston Children's Hospital Library supports the mission of the hospital in the areas of patient care, education and research.

  • Location: Fegan Plaza (1st floor near Pavilion elevators, through old cafeteria)
  • Address: 300 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02115
  • Phone617-355-7232
  • Website: (internal access only)
  • Online Catalog:

Manager, Library Services: Meaghan Muir
Library Committee Chair: S. Jean Emans, MD


  • 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
  • Closed weekends and major holidays
  • Boston Children's staff have access to the library during non-staffed hours with a Boston Children's identification badge.

Who we serve

The library serves the entire hospital staff, including physicians, nurses, researchers, allied health staff and hospital administration. It is also open to the public and patient families during regularly staffed hours.

Library services

To meet the wide range of information needs of physicians, nurses, PhD researchers, fellows, residents, students and all other staff, the Boston Children's library offers:

  • books, journals, patient education materials, databases, audiovisuals and other materials available on-site
  • online access through the hospital's intranet to the online book catalog, journal holdings list, various databases, library request forms, literature research requests, class schedules and other electronic resources
  • literature searches conducted by library staff using Medline and other online search services
  • interlibrary loan and document delivery
  • training on various databases, the internet, reprint file management software and evidence-based medicine for departments, groups and individuals
  • Library Lunch Topics, a bimonthly series that provides an in-depth look at library/information topics
  • current awareness services for departments or individuals that feature the tables of contents of relevant professional journals or topic-based searches
  • Library Logon, the quarterly newsletter of the Children's Hospital Library
  • photocopy service for articles available in the library. Same-day service is available for most requests and is offered without charge to staff.
  • a discount book-ordering service


The Boston Children's library has a core collection of books cataloged according to the National Library of Medicine classification scheme.

Books circulate at the discretion of the librarian, although most are considered necessary for clinical reference and do not circulate. Books that can be circulated are loaned for two weeks, with a two-week renewal when possible.

The historical book collection, which includes books written by Boston Children's staff, is shelved in the Gamble Room. The journal collection includes more than 275 current titles, many of them with extensive back files. Video offerings include tapes of Surgical and Medical Grand Rounds. The collections, while focused on pediatrics, are multi-disciplinary in nature.

Staff publications database

A database of references (the article citation and a summary) of staff publications that now numbers more than 2,000 citations was started in January 2000 and is updated weekly by the library. To search the database, click here.

Online multimedia library

The multimedia library contains visual and audio information on health conditions and procedures for educational use. To search the multimedia library, click here.

Career and Faculty Development Center

A specialized Career and Faculty Development Center has been established for faculty seeking information on grants, fellowships, scientific writing and presentation resources, practice management and academic careers.


The more than 5,000-square-foot Boston Children's library is located on the first floor of Fegan Plaza. Areas of the library include the main desk, current book and journal sections with a new acquisitions display, stacks of cataloged books and bound journals, computer and AV areas, the photocopy area and library staff offices.

An open reading and study area overlooking the Prouty Garden can be found just inside the library's entrance. Quiet, secluded study carrels are located throughout the library.

Meeting room

The rich wood paneling of the Gamble Reading Room offers a quiet place for meetings or reading. Named in honor of James Lawler Gamble, MD, renowned Boston Children's researcher in biochemistry and professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, the room was created by Alfred and Margaret Tozzer in memory of their daughter, Anne, in hopes that the room would provide inspiration for the physicians and scientists at Boston Children's.

Boston Children's Hospital Archives

The Boston Children's Hospital Archives was established in 1993 to acquire, preserve and make available the historical records that document the ongoing history of Boston Children's, its staff, support personnel, patients and families.

Capturing our spirit

A record of the institution's history is found in many sources -- on wall plaques, in the voices of patients treated and cured, and in the careers of physicians, nurses and administrators. Such testaments are of great value to Boston Children's and the entire field of pediatrics. Original records attest to Boston Children's many ground breaking contributions to pediatric health care, teaching and research. They also mirror the institutions policies and organization -- and capture the spirit of an era.

Maintaining our guiding principles

The Archives maintains a wide variety of collections comprised of letters, publications, photographs, artifacts, oral histories and other records, which document the evolution of the institution as well as the guiding principles that have inspired generations of physicians, nurses and other professionals to provide the best care for sick and injured children.

Investing in our future

Serving as the hospital's memory, the Boston Children's Hospital Archives is fertile ground from which scholars can study the institution, the field of pediatrics and the role of health care workers.

For more information on the Archives Program and its collections, see our LibGuide:

Boston Children’s is so much more than a hospital—it’s a community of researchers, clinicians, administrators, support staff, innovators, teachers, patients and families, all working together to make the impossible possible. ”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

Boston Children's Hospital
300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
For Patients: 617-355-6000
For Referring Providers: 844-BCH-PEDS | 844-224-7337