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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, research and hospital management.



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 extensive 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.
The collection includes over 7,000 electronic journals, over 10,000 combined print and electronic books, and CD-ROMs.

A Multi-Media Room equipped with computers, a scanner and audiovisual hardware is available to all authorized users including Maimonides employees, attending physicians, rotating students and volunteers.  

Health sciences literature and information worldwide is available on the Degenshein Library's Intranet website, which provides access to key bibliographic and knowledge-based full-text databases. 



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

Training on the use of these resources is provided.


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.


Literature Searching


End-User Searching

For those who wish to perform their own end-user searching for health information, onsite and remote access to the Library's extensive collection of key full-text databases and print and electronic resources is available in the Library or via the Library’s 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 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 databases or resources 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 worldwide. These memberships include the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and other local, state, regional and international consortiums. 
An interlibrary loan request form is available in the library or send an email.


Photocopying and Printing

For authorized users, up to forty pages per person per day may be photocopied free of charge for single copies. Only library material may be copied.  Up to 40 pages per person per day may be printed free of charge.


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