About the LibraryThe 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 OperationMon-Thu 7 am to 10 pm
Fri 7 am to 7 pm
Sat 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sun 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Borrowing MaterialsCheck out and return materials using the self-checkout station 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 make an appointment with a librarian.
Course reserves are only accessible with the help of library staff.
Getting HelpLibrarians are available for in-person and email assistance:
Mon-Thurs 8:30 am to 5:00 pm and Fri 9 am to 4:30 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.
Weekend appointments can be made with advance notice.
PoliciesAlumni Policy & Resources
Community Health Collection Development Policy
Janis P. Bellack Library Chat Reference Policy
Meet the Staff
Jessica BellDirector of Library and Instructional Design
Office Location: B38 4th floor
As the Director of the Library and Instructional Design, Jessica Bell works to coordinate and expand services and resources that support teaching, learning, and scholarship 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 University in 2000 and enjoyed employment at several academic libraries before joining MGH Institute staff in 2008.
Amanda TarbetAssistant Director of Library Services
Location: B38 4th floor
Phone: (617) 643-6085
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 University in 2012. She joined MGH IHP as a Library Assistant in 2012.
Lindsey NicholsReference Librarian
Location: B38 4th floor
Lindsey provides research consultations, workshops, and online learning objects to students, faculty, and staff of the Institute. When not thinking about information literacy, usability best practices, or tool-based tutorials, she's thinking about birds.
Lindsey earned a BA in English from the University of New Mexico (2002), an MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence College (2005), and an MSLIS from Simmons University in 2007.
Before being hired by the Institute in 2021, Lindsey served as reference librarian, online learning librarian, and all-in-one librarian at a handful of colleges and universities around Boston.
All faculty, staff, and students at the Institute enjoy visiting privileges to Countway Library at the Harvard Medical School. While visiting the library, you may
- download and/or print articles from their journal subscriptions
- search their online databases
- use their journal archives and book collection
Anyone who is registered with the library as a Research Assistant to an Harvard Medical School faculty member may also enjoy access to online subscriptions from off-site. To register, you will need to fill out the Special Borrower Card Application and visit Countway to receive your ID card.
Considering utilizing your public library to study closer to home. Additionally, some libraries at other colleges and universities may be welcoming to guests. Check with the library you want to visit before going and ask if they have a visitor policy.