Janis P. Bellack Library

About the Library

The IHP Library collection is completely virtual with the exceptions of our Community Health Collection and Course Reserves, which are both located on the 4th Floor of Building 38. The 4th floor is accessible by ID badge only. Read on for information about accessing the library and getting help from your librarians.

Hours of Operation

Mon-Thu 7 am to 10 pm Fri 7 am to 7 pm
Closed Saturdays and Sundays

Borrowing Materials

Check out and return materials using the self-checkout slips by the exit.
IHP and Partners affiliates may borrow materials.
The library is self serve but librarians are available to help you find what you need.
Community members who are not Partners affiliated may borrow resources from the Community Health Library but need to set up an appointment with a librarian to do so.
Course reserves are only accessible with the help of library staff.

Getting Help

Librarians are available for in-person and email assistance:
Mon-Thurs 8:30 am to 6:00 pm and Fri 10 am to 5 pm.
These hours of availability are approximate and may vary. If you want help at a specific time, please make an appointment.
Library offices are closed on Fridays in the summer.

Have a question or want to schedule an appointment? Ask a Librarian.
We respond to help requests periodically over the weekend.
Saturday appointments can be made with advance notice.


Research Help
In-Class Sessions
Course Reserves


Community Health Collection Development Policy
MGH Institute Library Chat Reference Policy

Meet the Staff

Jessica Bell

Director of Library and Instructional Design, Office of the Provost
Office Location: B38 4th floor
Email: jbell@mghihp.edu

As the Director of the Library and Instructional Design, Jessica Bell works to coordinate and expand services and resources that support teaching and learning at the Institute. Jessica sets priorities for new initiatives to lead the expansion and coordination of resources to enhance teaching and learning.

Jessica received her MSLIS from Simmons College in 2000 and enjoyed employment at several academic libraries before joining the Institute staff in 2008.

Amanda Tarbet

Reference Librarian
Location: B38 4th floor
Phone: (617) 643-6085
Email: atarbet@mghihp.edu

Amanda provides research consultations, in-class workshops, and online/multimedia learning materials to the students, faculty and staff of the Institute. She knows the Community Health Collection inside and out. You probably met her at a new student orientation event.

Amanda earned her BS in Biology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2007 and worked in epidemiological research for a few years before attaining her MSLIS from Simmons College in 2012. She joined the IHP as a Library Assistant in 2012.

Elizabeth Bolduc

Library Assistant
Location: B38 4th floor
Phone: (617) 643-6685
Email: embolduc@mghihp.edu

Elizabeth plans events, coordinates the course reserves, supports library projects and initiatives, and answers questions about library resources. A 2015 graduate of Keene State College with a B.A. in Psychology, Elizabeth joined the IHP in July 2017.

Treadwell Library

Treadwell Library is also your Institute Library. As such, you can use any resources you find on their web site and ask their librarians for help - Ask Treadwell

Countway Library

You also have limited access to the Countway Library at Harvard Medical School. To get access to Countway's resources, you must visit the library in person. Your IHP ID will get you in the library where you can use their guest computers to access journal articles, or use the print collection.

Additional Libraries

There are even more libraries in the Greater Boston Area that might have resources you will need. In addition to the Boston Public Library, you can use the library at public colleges and universities, and even some private universities. For more information and to get help finding what you need, Ask a Librarian.

Library News

Workshops & Events