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The George A. Degenshein, MD Memorial Library

Maimonides Medical Education Library & Resources

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.


Maimonides Medical Center
4802 Tenth Avenue
Administration Building, 5th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11219

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

Library Privileges

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

Access to the library for the use of the on-site collection by patients and their families is available on a limited basis. Please call for further information regarding hours and services available. There is a nominal charge to patients and families for photocopying and printing.

The Collection

The library's collection consists of print and electronic books and journals, as well as audiovisuals. The scope of these resources includes all medical specialties, nursing, dentistry, allied health, the basic sciences, healthcare administration and consumer health. Judaica books are also available for research and pleasure reading from our Morris Zuckerbrod, MD collection.

Books and Journals

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.


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.

Reference Services

The 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.

Electronic Resources

The library offers electronic access to the 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. The Intranet/Internet are accessible daily on a 24-hour basis in designated locations throughout the institution. CD-ROMs are also available in the library for selected textbooks and reference materials.

A Multi-Media Room equipped with computers, a scanner and audiovisual hardware is available to all Maimonides employees, attending physicians, rotating students and volunteers. Computers can be used for up to one hour.


Full text and bibliographic databases include:

  • Access Medicine (includes Access Lange)
  • Business and Company Resource Center
  • The Cochrane Library
  • eMedicine
  • Harrison 's Online
  • Health Reference Center Academic
  • Hurst's the Heart
  • MDConsult
  • Medline (OVID and Pubmed)
  • Micromedex
  • Newspaper Indexes (New York State, National and International)
  • ScienceDirect
  • StatRef
  • Up-To-Date

Training on the use of these resources is provided.

Software Applications

Software applications available in the library include Internet Explorer, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access as well as MACS (a physician order entry result reporting system).

Literature Searching

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.

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 that you be present so that 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.

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 Web site.


Up to forty pages per person per day may be copied free of charge for single copies. Only library material may be copied. A sign-in procedure is required.

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.


Lydia Friedman, MSLS, Library Director