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We are pleased to announce the gradual reopening of MUHC medical libraries.

At the onset, the Glen Library will be prioritized. It will be open 3 or 4 days a week, on selected days from Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The library is currently shared with simulation activities, but additional availability may be offered when those activities end.

The Montreal General Hospital Library remains closed until further notice. As soon as we receive authorization from Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for the reopening, we will communicate those details with you by email. Furthermore, the library at the Montreal Neurological hospital remains closed for renovations.

Who can book a study space?

At this time, study space use is reserved for MUHC learners, including but not limited to:

  • Residents
  • Nurses pursuing continuing education
  • Allied health professionals pursuing continuing education
  • Medical students on rotation
  • Nursing students on rotation
  • Stagiaires
  • Observers (observership program)

All learners must have their MUHC ID.

Study spaces may be booked for individual use only. No group study is permitted.

Time slots & opening hours

Time slots: Time slots are one hour long (including cleaning and disinfection time). Consecutive timeslots may be booked.

Maximum study space booking: Daily maximum = 4 hours. Weekly maximum = 12 hours. .

Advance booking: Booking permitted up to 2 weeks in advance.

Opening hours: Check LibCal for study space availability.

After-hours access: Not permitted.

Types of spaces available

Study Carrel: Large desk where you can bring and plug in your personal device (ex:` laptop, tablet, etc.).

Computer Workstation: Desk with library computer connected to the MUHC network. These computers can provide access to OACIS. Some also provide access to Endnote, an application for managing bibliographies and references.

How to book

To use a study carrel or computer workstation, book a space using LibCal.

For more information on how book a space, see our tutorial.

It is not permitted to eat or drink inside the library and you will have to respect the current sanitary guidelines issued by IPC (2 metre social distancing and procedure mask at all times).

At this time, only the study space reservation service is available.

Physical book consultations and loans, printing/photocopying and the loaning of equipment (headphones, laptops) are currently not permitted.

Many services (search support, inter-library loans for electronic articles, trainings, how to find an article, troubleshooting Endnote, etc.) are available remotely.

Please contact the library by email at library.glen@muhc.mcgill.ca or fill out the appropriate form to make a remote service request:

Updated May 3, 2022.

In limited cases, physical space of the MUHC libraries can be reserved for group trainings.

Simulation Trainings

Simulation trainings occurring at the Glen Site library are not organized by the MUHC Libraries.

To request a simulation training, please contact the Inter-Professional Simulation Centre at simulation@muhc.mcgill.ca or caroline.white@muhc.mcgill.ca.

Other Group Trainings

Group training requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the Directorate of Education and the MUHC Events Committee. To request library space for other group trainings, email library.glen@muhc.mcgill.ca.

Exam Reservations

The libraries currently cannot be booked for student exams (other than simulation – see section above). To book spaces for group exams, view available rooms on ORBS (orbs.muhc.mcgill.ca) or contact the Events committee of the Directorate of Education at evenements_events@muhc.mcgill.ca.

Updated March 15, 2022.

To better respond to the needs of the MUHC community and challenges posed by COVID-19, the library has expanded their e-book collection, accessible to MUHC staff from work or home.  

Whether it is for work, study or general interest, the collection now offers over a thousand different English and French titles on topics such as: Nursing, Wellbeing, Psychology, Communication, Career development, Diversity and Inclusion…

And much more! 

Visit our website to learn how to access the collection.  

For more information on books and e-books, do not hesitate to contact your hospital library.

Updated July 29, 2021.

High quality health information can have a big impact on the health of patients and their families. Being well-informed can help them:

  • Better understand their condition and the treatment options available.
  • Prepare questions for appointments with their health care team.
  • Make decisions together with health care providers about how to manage their condition.
  • Have a better quality of life.

But of course, it’s not always easy to know if online health information is trustworthy.

In recognition of Health Information Week, the librarians at the MUHC’s patient resource centres have put together a helpful list of questions for patients and families to ask themselves when they look at information online, be it on a website, in a guide, or on social media.

These questions will help patients and families (and their health care teams!) find reliable information and be better informed and involved in their care.

Consult the questions here: Finding Health Information You Can Trust.

For more health information and resources, or for questions about finding reliable information, contact the librarians at one of the MUHC’s Patient Resource Centres:

Montreal Children’s Hospital
Family Resource Centre & Library 

Glen Site – Cancer Mission
Cedars CanSupport Resource Centre

Glen Site & Montreal General Hospital
McConnell Patient Resource Centre
Montreal Neurological Hospital
Infoneuro: Neuro-Patient Resource Centre

Updated July 5, 2021.

The MUHC Libraries has launched a new resource page about health literacy and developing patient education materials.

Visit our page, Creating Patient Education Materials, for guides and tools on many topics, including:

  • Health literacy basics
  • Plain language tips and best practices
  • Layout and visual guidelines
  • Web accessibility principles
  • Piloting your document and getting feedback

For comments or to suggest an additional resource, feel free to contact us.

Updated May 11, 2021.

EndNote Click is an article access tool developed by Clarivate. It provides users direct access to the full text of articles to which their institutions subscribe from PubMed as well as from many journal websites. It is currently compatible with the following navigators: Chrome, Edge, and Firefox. Download EndNote Click here.

Why use it?Who should use it?How does it work?What does it look like?For more information

Why use it? 

Simply put, it saves time. Normally, it can take three or more clicks to access the full text of articles. EndNote Click reduces this to one step.

Who should use it? 

  MUHC Staff  McGill Staff, Students & Affiliates 
On-site  Yes, use EndNote Click.  Yes, use EndNote Click. 
Remotely  No. Do not use EndNote Click. Instead, log in to the library’s proxy for remote access to articles.  Yes, use EndNote Click. 

How does it work? 

Once you register with EndNote Click, you will be prompted to choose your institution.

Afterwards, whenever you view an article on PubMed or a journal’s site, EndNote Click will search your institution’s library to verify whether you have access.  

If your institution has access to the article: 

 You will see this icon at the bottom left of the screen: 

 A purple button that reads "View PDF" 

Once you click View PDF, a new tab will open with the PDF in an EndNote Click viewer (if you are a McGill affiliate working off-campus, you may be asked for your authentication information). From this viewer, you can: 

  • add the article to a collection (called Locker), 
  • download the PDF, and 
  • export the article record to a bibliographic management software (EndNote, Zotero, etc.) 

If EndNote Click does not identify institutional access to the article: 

You will see this icon: 

grey button reads "EN" for EndNote Click

In this case, you can request the article via our inter-library loan service.  

What does it look like? 

Screenshot of a journal article on the Wiley website with the purple EndNote Click button superimposed at the bottom left
Appearance of EndNote Click on the Wiley Online Library website. 
A PubMed results screen, with the purple EndNote Click button appearing after each short record description.
Appearance of EndNote Click on a PubMed search results page. 

For more information 

Learn more about EndNote Click 
For assistance, don’t hesitate to contact the MUHC Library team

Updated April 7, 2021.

In order to provide users with an integrated CME (Continuing Medical Education) option as well as ensuring the latest security for proxy server access, McGill and UpToDate will be slightly modifying the landing page for UpToDate via EZproxy starting on February 1, 2021.

More information and assistance can be find on this page.

Updated January 28, 2021

The MUHC Libraries’ COVID-19 Knowledge Hub compiles key COVID-19 clinical and research resources, including information syntheses, webinars and professional education tools, research article feeds, evidence hubs, search strategies and more.

Go to the COVID-19 Knowledge Hub.

Updated October 13, 2020

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On This Page

1 — Are the libraries open?

2– When will the libraries physically reopen?

3 — Can we borrow physical books from the library?

4 — Do you have e-books?

5 — I borrowed books before the pandemic started. Can I return them?

6 — How can I access journal articles?

7 — Can I request books from other libraries (interlibrary loan)?

8 — Do you offer online database or Endnote training sessions?

9 — Who can help me with my literature search?

10 — Do you have any resources on performing systematic reviews?

11 — Can someone help with my systematic review?

12 — What library patient education services are currently available?

13 — How can I get EndNote?

14 — I am having problems with EndNote. Where can I get help?

15 — I have a question that has not been addressed here.

1– Are the libraries open?

The physical premises of the MUHC Libraries are not open at present, but we are still here to help.

We continue to offer services to MUHC personnel, residents and affiliates remotely, including:

A remote health information research service is also available to patients and families.

Please consult our website or contact us via email at library.glen@muhc.mcgill.ca for service requests or questions.

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2 — When will the libraries physically reopen?

We are currently evaluating the reopening of library spaces while ensuring adherence to public health requirements. Please stay tuned to our website for updates.

3 — Can we borrow physical books from the library?

No. We cannot offer physical book loans for the time being.

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4 — Do you have e-books?

Yes. You may access our e-book collection from any hospital computer or remotely via the library proxy.

Where to find the e-book collection link in the e-resources menu

5 — I borrowed books before the pandemic started. Can I return them?

Yes. You may return your books safely in the book drop boxes located just outside the main library entrance at each hospital site.

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6 — How can I access journal articles?

We have an extensive electronic journal collection that can be accessed from our website with an MUHC login.

If you are a McGill University resident, medical student or have a McGill University username and password, you can access McGill’s e-journal collection through their website.

If you want access to an article that is not available via our subscriptions, you may request an interlibrary loan for the article. For more information, please see our ILL policy.

7 — Can I request books from other libraries (interlibrary loan)?

The libraries that we borrow books from are closed. As such, we are unable to provide physical book interlibrary loans at present.

However, it is possible to request a book chapter from partner libraries that have access to the electronic version of a title. To request a book chapter, please use the form on our website.

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8 — Do you offer online database or Endnote training sessions?

Yes. We offer online one-on-one and small group training sessions on many databases (PubMed, Medline via Ovid, CINAHL, etc.) and on the bibliographic manager Endnote.

Please fill out this form to request a session.

Note: As a safety measure against the spread of COVID-19, in-person workshops are suspended until further notice.

9 — Who can help me with my literature search?

MUHC librarians can help you develop your search strategy and perform literature searches on your topic. Visit our literature search service page for more information on our offerings.

For assistance or to request a search, please fill out this form.

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10 — Do you have any resources on performing systematic reviews?

Our website contains a guide with resources on planning, executing and reporting a systematic review. Before starting the systematic review process, we strongly encourage you to review these resources.

11 — Can someone help with my systematic review?

Yes. MUHC librarians can provide searching services and support for systematic reviews.

To request systematic review, support, please complete the MUHC Libraries’ Work Plan for a Systematic Review of the Literature and email it to library.glen@muhc.mcgill.ca.

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12 — What library patient education services are currently available?

Our health information research service is available remotely to adult patients and families (via email only). Patients and families may contact the McConnell Patient Resource Centre with their questions at crp-prc@muhc.mcgill.ca.

We also offer support to MUHC staff seeking patient education materials (including environmental scans for existing patient education materials) as well as information and guidance regarding health literacy, using plain language and the development of patient education materials at the MUHC.

For assistance or questions, please contact crp-prc@muhc.mcgill.ca.

13 — How can I get EndNote?

EndNote is a bibliographic manager used at McGill University. It can be freely downloaded for McGill staff and students, who can install EndNote at no cost on their personal computers.

For details on installing EndNote, consult the McGill Knowledge Base Endnote page.

If you do not have access to Endnote, you may consider using a free citation manager such as Zotero.

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14 — I am having problems with EndNote. Where can I get help?

Visit our Endnote information page or view our short guide, Getting Started with Endnote, for answers to common questions about importing and exporting references, creating bibliographies and finding the full-text of articles in your Endnote library.

For other questions, please contact library.glen@muhc.mcgill.ca.

15 — I have a question that has not been addressed here.

For any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at library.glen@muhc.mcgill.ca.

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Page Last Updated: September 21, 2020

The physical premises of the MUHC Medical Libraries and the McConnell Patient Resource Centre are closed until further notice.

Many of our services are available remotely. Please contact library.glen@muhc.mcgill.ca to request research, consultation, training, or other services. All loans have been extended until further notice.

Requests related to COVID-19 or to patient care are prioritized. All other requests will be addressed as staffing permits.

The electronic resources on the libraries’ website remain accessible both on all networked hospital computers and remotely.

Thank you for your understanding.

Updated May 22, 2020