Lifespan Libraries and Related Services

Lifespan Libraries and Related Services

Our Mission

Our mission is to help medical professionals, students and patients become independent problem solvers who have state-of-the-art information tools and know how to use them to address health care challenges.

The Lifespan Libraries form an integrated information management center. The libraries hold more than 40,000 serial volumes, subscribe to approximately 700 journals, and house more than 8,000 books, specializing in the clinical medical sciences and nursing. Among the libraries' strengths are electronic literature searching, online cataloging, collection management, library instruction and research consultation.

Some services are only available to Lifespan employees. Please call 401-444-4671 for information.

Lifespan staff: Please visit the Lifespan Libraries Intranet site (Lifespan network access is required) for access to further information and clinical resources. 

Lifespan Library Locations

More information about hours, locations and collection information at Lifespan partner hospitals can be found below. 

All medical library services at Bradley Hospital and Newport Hospital are provided by the Peters Health Sciences Library at Rhode Island Hospital. Please call 401-444-4671 for information.

Lifespan libraries are open to Lifespan employees, Brown faculty, residents and medical students, and the public (call for entrance during staffed hours).

Rhode Island Hospital
Peters Health Science Library 

Aldrich Building, Rhode Island Hospital (main campus)
Phone: 401-444-4671
Fax: 401-444-8260

24-hour badge access, 7 days a week
Staffed 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday (Closed Holidays)

The Miriam Hospital
Irving Addison Beck Library

The Miriam Hospital, Fain Building basement 
Phone: 401-793-2291
Fax: 401-274-9568

24-hour badge access, 7 days a week
Staffed 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday (Closed Holidays)

Our Services

Our services include book circulation, interlibrary loan and online database searches. Interlibrary loan and online database searches are only available to Lifespan employees: 

  • Library Catalog
    Lifespan Libraries' print collection holdings can be located in the library catalog.
  • PubMed 
    Medline Database—provides access to references and abstracts from 4,600 biomedical journals 
  • MEDLINEplus® Health Information 
    Health topics, drug information, medical encyclopedia, dictionary, directories, news and other resources 
    Clinical research studies for new drugs and treatments 
    (A service of the National Institutes of Health developed by the National Library of Medicine)

Call 401-444-4671 for more information about Lifespan Libraries and our services.