Library of Rush University Medical Center

The Library serves the education, patient care and research needs of the students, faculty, staff, and patients at Rush University Medical Center. In addition to offering a comprehensive collection of traditional printed materials, the Library continues to expand its tremendous wealth of online electronic information resources. A complete overview of all Library services is available at

The collection includes materials in a wide range of formats covering all areas of health sciences. The online catalog, accessible through the Library's homepage, shows all of the items available at the Library. Records include an item's location, availability, full bibliographic record, and links to web information such as full-text journals when applicable.

The Library's databases feature OvidSP, a collection of medical resources such as MEDLINE and PsycINFO (Psychology), four evidence-based medicine databases and more. Many of the citations found in OvidSP link to the complete full-text of the original journal article. Other online resources include UpToDate and MD Consult. UpToDate offers concise topic reviews that provide practical answers to clinical questions. MD Consult offers the full-text of a wide range of medical text-books, an extensive drug information database and a list of clinical guidelines. For a complete list of all electronic resources, please visit the Database section of the home page at

The fastest growing resource is the collection of full-text online electronic journals. Currently, over 4,900 journal titles are offered electronically. For more information about the e-journals, or to view a list of the titles, please visit the electronic journal page at

If the Library does not have an item, it can be requested from another library via interlibrary loan or the Illinois' statewide library sharing program's (I-SHARE) Universal Borrowing module. Books, journal articles, proceedings, dissertations and audiovisual materials can all be requested from other institutions. Turnaround time depends on the lender. For details about interlibrary loan or Universal Borrowing call (312) 942-5950.

The Library offers extensive support for distance education students. The Electronic Reserves System (ERes) allows all students to access their required readings online via the Library's home page. Items may be read online or downloaded for future use.

The students, faculty, and staff of Rush University Medical Center may access restricted Library resources such as the full-text journals and databases from off-campus locations by using a special computer account called a proxy. A proxy account works only with an existing Internet service provider. For more information please call (312) 942-5950.

The Reference Department provides personalized information services to all members of the Rush community. The staff offers frequent workshops on using electronic information resources such as MEDLINE, PUBMED, evidence-based medicine databases, bibliographic management tools and many others. Please see the workshop schedule at

The Reference Department also provides InfoConsults; a one-hour private consultation focused on an individual's specific needs and area of concentration. All workshops and consultations are free. Help is available in person, by telephone, via online chat, or e-mail at