Any Baptist Health staff member may use the library for the improvement of the quality of care of patients. Its services support patient care, evidence based practice, continuing education, research and publications. All staff have access to the physical libraries at South Miami, West Kendall, Homestead Hospital, Miami Cancer Institute, and Bethesda Hospital East. Internet is also available in each library.

Services include:

  • Literature searches on Ovid MEDLINE, CINAHL, ClinicalKey, and other evidence-based health and business databases. Literature search requests are filled within 24-48 hours.
  • Journal articles delivered by email, photocopy, mail, or fax. Articles are sourced from our own collection and/or through our membership in NNLM, the National Library of Medicine’s nationwide network of university and medical center libraries. Article requests are filled within 24-48 hours.
  • Access to an authoritative and comprehensive collection of e-resources including: clinical e-journals and e-books (2,000+ titles), and bibliographic databases such as ClinicalKey, Ovid MEDLINE, CINAHL, and UpToDate.
  • Formatted reference lists for citations.
  • 24/7 access to library e-resources from anywhere via the OpenAthens portal. Registering for an OpenAthens account must be done on a Baptist Health network connected computer. (Request Access | Login)
  • Circulation and interlibrary loan of books and DVDS for ongoing learning.
  • Customized training on a variety of topics (Examples: accessing library resources, literature search skills, using EndNote software to organize and format citations).
  • Current awareness email alerts: Journal tables of contents and/or topic alerts.
  • Hosting of publications from BHSF employees and affiliates and a professional-grade peer-reviewed journal (Nursing & Health Sciences Research Journal) on Scholarly Commons.
  • Patients, families, and their visitors may use the medical libraries to access reliable supplemental patient education information. Library staff will assist in identifying and providing information, but they are not practicing health professionals and will not interpret information or give advice.
  • To access the Baptist Health Scholarly Commons, click here.

  • To access the Baptist Health Online Catalog, click here.

  • All Baptist Health medical and hospital staff members can request remote access to the e-resources listed below via an OpenAthens account. Registering for an OpenAthens account must be done on a Baptist Health network connected computer. If you have any further questions, email

    OVID Electronic Medical Library

    Links users to Ovid Medline, EBM Reviews - Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Ovid Emcare, Ovid Nursing Database, HealthSTAR & full text books and journals.


    Elsevier’s search engine and database of peer-reviewed, medical and surgical content including over 1,100 e-books, 600 e-journals, and thousands of drug monographs, patient information handouts, procedures videos, and images. Graphs and images can be downloaded for use in presentations.

    ClinicalKey for Nursing

    Search engine and database of peer-reviewed, evidence-based nursing resources. Includes access to Mosby's Nursing Skills, 60+ books across a variety of nursing topics, 50+ nursing journals, and other tools including evidence-based monographs (with levels of evidence), videos, images, patient education, calculators, and more.

    CINAHL & Health Business Elite

    CINAHL provides comprehensive coverage of nursing and allied health disciplines. Health Business Elite provides comprehensive journal content detailing all aspects of health care administration.


    PubMed includes biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.

    Europe PMC

    Europe PMC is an open science platform that enables access to a worldwide collection of life science publications and preprints from trusted sources around the globe.

    Joint Commission Publications
    • Environment of Care News
    • The Source
    • Joint Commission Journal of Quality and Patient Safety
    • Briefings on the Joint Commission
    • Joint Commission Perspectives

    Lexicomp provides clear, concise, point-of-care drug information, including dosing, administration, warnings and precautions, as well as clinical content, such as clinical practice guidelines, and other tools.

    New England Journal of Medicine

    The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) is a weekly general medical journal that publishes new medical research findings, review articles and editorial opinion on a wide variety of topics of importance to biomedical science and clinical practice.

    Rehabilitation Reference Center

    Evidence-based, point-of-care resource for physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and rehabilitation professionals.


    (Please email library for details on obtaining remote access.)

    UpToDate is an evidence-based, physician-authored clinical decision support resource that contains thousands of clinical topics across 22 medical specialties, graphics, a complete drug information database and patient information handouts in a quick and easy-to-use format. Remote access is available from any computer with internet access and on mobile devices.

  • Check-out procedure

    Books, journals, videos, and audiocassettes may be borrowed for two weeks by medical and hospital staff members. Borrowers are requested to return materials on time; however, no fines will be charged.


    Article reprints are available to all hospital staff. Reprint requests are filled within 24-48 hours.

    Literature Searches

    Literature searches on evidence-based health and business databases are available to all hospital staff. Library staff will assist in identifying and providing supplemental patient education materials from reliable reputable consumer friendly resources. Search requests are filled within 24-48 hours.


    Photocopies of articles are $.10 per page for anyone who is not an employee of Baptist Health.

    Interlibrary Loans

    Journal reprints are free to all Baptist Health medical and hospital staff members, if it is job related. Charges imposed by other libraries will be passed back to the individual requester or department, if it is a school project or personal project.

    Acquisitions & Gifts

    Staff members are encouraged to recommend current new titles for the library. Library leadership reviews the request for purchase. Gifts are accepted selectively, due to space limitations and the need for a current collection.

  • Here are some recommended websites provided by the National Library of Medicine, the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the National Guideline Clearinghouse and other helpful public and evidence-based resources.

    National Library of Medicine
    • PubMed is a free resource supporting the search and retrieval of biomedical and life sciences literature. The PubMed database contains more than 32 million citations and abstracts of biomedical literature.
    • Medline Plus provides reliable health information for patients and consumers in English and Spanish.
    • Clinical Trials is a Web-based resource that provides patients, their family members, health care professionals, researchers, and the public with easy access to information on publicly and privately supported clinical studies on a wide range of diseases and conditions.
    • National Cancer Institute offers free, credible, and comprehensive information about cancer prevention and screening, diagnosis and treatment, research across the cancer spectrum, clinical trials, and news and links to other NCI websites.
    • Loansome Doc provides access to articles cited in Medline/PubMed.
    Copyright Clearance Center

    Search the Copyright Clearance Center database to verify that the reprint/article you are using is covered by Baptist Health's annual Copyright License.

    Miami-Dade Public Library

    Portal to lots of FREE resources such as: Online Encyclopedias, FirstSearch, InfoTrac, GeneralReferenceCenter, LearnATest, ERIC (FirstSearch), Health and WellnessResourceCenter and Alternative Health Modules. To access their FREE resources, click on the above link and enter your library card number.

    Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

    CDC Prevention Guidelines, National Center of Health Statistics, Morbidity and Mortality Report (MMWR) and more.

    ECRI Guidelines Trust™

    Web-based repository of evidence-based practice guidelines. Note: Users must complete a free registration in order to access content.


Medical Libraries

South Miami Hospital

Location: Victor E. Clarke Education Building
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Phone: 786-662-8219
Fax: 786-576-0453

Homestead Hospital

Location: 2nd Floor
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
Phone: 786-243-8282

West Kendall Baptist Hospital

Location: 1st Floor, West Wing
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Phone: 786-467-2047

Miami Cancer Institute

Location: 2nd Floor, near Breast Center
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Phone: 786-527-8271

Bethesda Hospital East

Location: Basement Level, near Medical Records
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Phone: 561-737-7733 ext. 84439

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