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Services

The Welch Informationists are available to assist you with your research activities. The Services Center is located on the Lower Level of the building and is the hub for all support services.

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Informationists

The embedded informationist service model comprises customized information services – delivered where you are, at your points of research, teaching and clinical care.                         

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Collections

The Welch Medical Library has substantial online collections, which include databases, e-journals, e-books, and multimedia resources. Access our collections from anywhere with an Internet connection.

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The building, constructed in 1929, recently underwent renovations to improve lighting, seating, study areas, technology, and electrical systems. The historic exterior now has a modern interior.

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Services

People and tools that meet your needs

Informationists are available to assist you with your research, clinical and public health practice, and education activities. User-focused support is provided for:

  • Grants and research proposals
  • Article publication
  • Systematic reviews and other in-depth searching projects
  • Citation and information management
  • Clinical practice
  • Curriculum development

The Welch Services Center (WSC) provides in-person circulation, reference, and reserves services within the Welch Library building. Located on the lower level of the Welch building in room B03, WSC staff can help answer your questions about:

The service center is open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday-Friday and from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday. WSC staff are also available by phone at (410) 955-3410, via instant chat or through email.

The Advanced Technology & Information Systems (ATIS) Department is the technology arm of the Welch Library. It has a dedicated staff with expertise in database and application development, database management, user interface and graphic design, research software development, system and database administration, and desktop and network services.

BorrowDirect extends your reach beyond the collections of the Johns Hopkins Libraries. It enables you to request books from the Ivy League universities, the University of Chicago, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology through a single interface. Faculty visiting any of these institutions will be able to check out books on-site.

The library offers free, face-to-face classes on database searching, research data management, citation management, and other topics. Online tutorials on similar topics are available from our website or on our YouTube channel.

Informationists

Experts at finding the information you need

The embedded informationist service model comprises customized information services delivered where you are, at your points of research, teaching, and clinical care. Support is provided for:

  • Grants and research proposals
  • Article publication
  • Systematic reviews and other in-depth searching projects
  • Citation and information management
  • Clinical practice
  • Curriculum development

Members of our team of informationists support specific academic departments based on their areas of specialization and expertise.

Because informationists are specialized and embedded within each department, they are able to be active partners in your research, clinical and public health practice, and educational activities.. They are experts in getting results from research databases that are highly relevant to your area in interest.

Informationists are experienced in teaching as well as doing research. They are available to conduct specialized training in your department or laboratory, individually or in small and large groups.

Informationists are wherever you are and wherever you want us to be. You can reach us by phone, email, online chat, or in-person. We can join you on rounds, in departmental conferences and meetings, in your lab, in your office or at our offices, in the library, or somewhere over a cup of coffee.

Informationists maintain offices within many departments across the JHMI campus and are also available during "virtual" office hours via online chat. Because we are here to assist you, we do our best to be available when and where you need us.

Collections

Access our comprehensive collections from anywhere with an Internet connection – at your desk, at home, at the bench, at the bedside, or wherever you are

The Welch Library has a broad and deep online collection, which focuses on medicine and health and includes hundreds of databases, thousands of multimedia resources, and thousands of e-books and e-journals (including all of Welch’s current journal holdings). This online collection, while full of resources essential for health care and biomedical research, is only part of what is available to you as a Welch user. The Welch Library connects you to additional collections available locally, nationally, and worldwide through the Library Catalog, BorrowDirect, and WelDoc (see below).

As a Welch user, you can access the collections of all Johns Hopkins University libraries through the Library Catalog (Catalyst). These other library collections include the Milton S. Eisenhower Library, the George Peabody Library, the Arthur Friedheim Music Library, the John Work Garrett Library (part of the Evergreen Museum and Library), as well as a number of archives and special collections.

The Welch Library also maintains a print collection of bound journal volumes, as well as books, including textbooks. Print books can be requested through the Library Catalog (Catalyst).

BorrowDirect extends your reach beyond the Library Catalog. It enables you to request books from the Ivy League universities, the University of Chicago, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology through a single interface. Faculty visiting any of these institutions will be able to check out books on-site.

Extend your reach even further through WelDoc, the Welch Library's interlibrary loan service, which connects you to libraries throughout the U.S. and the world. Use WelDoc to request journal articles, books, book chapters, theses, etc. not available locally or through BorrowDirect.

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Historic yet Modern

The building, constructed in 1929, recently underwent renovations to improve lighting, seating, study areas, technology, and electrical systems. The historic exterior now has a modern interior.

The East Reading Room has newly created group study areas, along with improved open seating.

The West Reading Room features improved silent study areas and John Singer Sargent's portraits of the four founding physicians of the School of Medicine and the school's founding benefactor, Mary Elizabeth Garrett.

The Central Second Floor Lobby, between the East and West Reading Rooms, has areas for study or relaxation and hosts displays for the Institute of the History of Medicine.

The second floor also features a technology-enabled 25 person conference room available for scheduling.

On-site Stacks hold thousands of books, journals, and other print materials. Additional print materials are maintained off-site and can be requested in-person at the Welch Services Center on the lower level or electronically using the Library Catalog (Catalyst).

Individual Study Carrels located within the stacks area have been updated to provide additional wired and wireless connectivity, improved lighting, bulletin boards, and white boards.

The Welch Services Center (WSC) is located on the lower level of the building in room B03. WSC staff can help answer your questions about:

The service center is open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday-Friday and from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday. WSC staff are also available by phone at (410) 955-3410, via instant chat or through email.

The Institute of the History of Medicine is located on the third floor of the Welch Library building. Its holdings of rare medical books include a large collection of 19th century medical texts, which are available to scholars for on-site research and review.

Looking for a place to host your next meeting or reception? Consider using the newly renovated spaces of the Welch Library. For more information, contact Allen Strong, Manager of the Welch Medical Library Building, at (410) 955-4701 or astrong@jhu.edu.