Medical Library

White Memorial Medical Center’s Courville-Abbot Memorial Library provides information, resources and services to support the hospital’s medical programs, educational needs, and research activities.




The following groups may use the library free of charge:
1. White Memorial Medical Center employees, medical staff, residents, board members, inpatients
2. Glendale Adventist Medical Center employees, medical staff, and residents
Library membership is available to medical staff and students of other institutions for an annual fee of $20.


Borrowing Privileges

Borrowing privileges obligate library members to return materials on time and to exercise reasonable care in their use.
Books and audiovisual materials are available for loan. Journals, newspapers, and reference materials are not for loan and have to be used inside the library.
The loan period is two weeks with the option of renewal (either in person or by phone) unless requested by another member. Borrowers are asked to present their identification cards to the circulation desk when checking out materials. Late charges are 10¢ per day for materials not returned by the due date; the charge for lost items is the replacement cost of the item plus $5. The loan privileges of borrowers who do not return items by the due date will be suspended in the event of repeated abuses.
Please note: medical and nursing students doing clinical rotation in the hospital may not borrow materials.


Reference Services

The librarians provide answers to reference questions using the library collection and/or the Internet. Advice is also given regarding filing systems, end- user computer searching, preparing manuscripts for publication, etc. The librarians also provide library members up-to-date citations and abstracts on medical, nursing, and allied health topics depending on their search requests.
Requests for literature searches are accepted in person, on the phone, by fax, or email. All literature searches are done on MEDLINE® (the National Library of Medicine’s bibliographic database covering the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, and veterinary medicine), EBSCO host/CINAHL® database, ClinicalKey and on the Internet.
How to use: Literature searches are available to members. Simply call, email or come in and discuss your topic with one of our trained search analysts.
Search requests results are available within 24 hours or sooner and will be sent either by email, or you will be notified for pickup. Those desiring to do so may be present as the search is being run.


Interlibrary Loans

Books, journal articles, and audiovisuals not available in the library can be requested from other libraries through the interlibrary loan system.
How to use: The interlibrary loan service is available to all library members for a fee or charge to department’s cost center. To obtain an interlibrary loan, requests are accepted by email, phone or fax. When requesting interlibrary loans, please provide citation information about the item and your phone number or email address. Your request can either be picked up or sent to you by email. Within 24 hours, you will be notified when your request is ready for pickup. Please allow
at least three to five days for books, which are sent by regular mail or FEDEX.


CINAHL® Journal Collection

The journals indexed in the EBSCO host/CINAHL® database can be viewed at the Glendale Adventist Medical Center Library. The library can also send interlibrary loan requests to other libraries that hold the journal in their collection.
Library Collection
The development of the library’s collection is the joint responsibility of medical staff and librarians. The library’s collection includes books, journals, and audiovisual materials.



The book collection covers a wide range of medical, nursing, and health care topics. It combines the collection of White Memorial Medical Center and Glendale Adventist Medical Center.
eBooks can be found on the ClinicalKey site, which has more than 1,000 ebooks. Although most of the materials are directed to health professionals, some lay level books are also available. The library’s other book collections include the following:
  • E. G. White Complete Collection
  • Percy Magan’s Personal Library Collection
  • Radiology Medical Group Book Collection
  • Leadership and Education Resources
  • Children’s Library Collection
  • WMMC Historical Archives
How to use: Health sciences books are classified according to the National Library of Medicine classification system. Basic science and other related books are classified according to the Library of Congress system. Both the WMMC and GAMC library collections can be retrieved through Sydney, a networked online public access catalog.



The library journal collection covers medicine and nursing. Denominational magazines are also available for browsing.
There are almost 1,300 titles of journal, from the year 1800 to present. Currently, we have subscriptions to 583 journal titles, 572 of these are available online and 11 are print subscription.
ClinicalKey is a database that includes 500+ ejournals, 1,100 ebooks, Procedural Consults, Videos, Patient Education, Drugs, and it uses FirstConsult as the clinical search engine.
How to use: All print journals are shelved in alphabetical order according to the title of the journal. Current issues and older bound volumes are in separate locations. A printed list of journals is available at the library information desk and on Collaborate. Access to the journals subscribed through OVID can be found in the WMMC Shortcut Folder on the desktop of all hospital computers.
Registration ID/Password needed to register on ClinicalKey is available through the librarian.
Journals do not circulate. You may copy the articles.



The library has audiovisual programs designed for use by health professionals and patients.
How to use: Audiovisual materials are classified according to the National Library of Medicine classification system. All audiovisual materials are described in the library’s online catalog.



A photocopy machine is available for all library members. Please be aware of copyright laws and abide by “fair use” guidelines.
How to use: Residents, approved medical staff, and hospital employees may make copies and charge the cost to their departments. Other library members need to pay for copying. The fee for photocopying is 10¢ per page.


Current Awareness

The Current Awareness Service (CAS) allows health professionals to select journals received by the library for regular review. The librarian will photocopy the table of contents of each selected journal issue as it arrives and send it to the hospital employee. The employee may then mark two articles of interest to be photocopied and mailed.
How to use: The CAS is available to all hospital employees free of charge. Request forms are available at the library information desk.



June Levy, Library Director, 
Zahra Fotovat, Medical Librarian,
Myrna Uyengco-Harooch, Medical Librarian,,
Telephone: 323-260-5715 Fax: 323-260-5748 In-House Extensions: x1215 or x1214



The Medical Library is located on White Memorial’s campus in the Basement of the North Building.
1720 Cesar E. Chavez Ave. 
Los Angeles, CA 90033



Mon. – Thurs. Friday
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Any variations to these hours will be posted on the library’s entrance door.
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