About

The mission of Ochsner Medical Library is to deliver high-quality information and professional library services at no cost to Ochsner staff, community medical practices, research, education, and administration.

We serve the entire system. This includes Ochsner physicians, nurses, and staff at all campuses and affiliates, Ochsner faculty alumni, students studying or training at Ochsner, Ochsner patients, their families, and guests.

Staff Hours:   7:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday – Friday
Phone:   504-842-3760
Email:   medicallibrary@ochsner.org
Address:   1514 Jefferson Highway, New Orleans, LA 70121

Ochsner Medical Library is physically located on the first floor main hallway between the clinic and hospital. It features study areas, computers, printers, copiers, scanners, and faxing service. After-hours access is available by request for employees with an Ochsner ID badge.

Resources and Services

Ochsner Medical Library provides all traditional library research and reference services with nearly all of our resources available electronically.

  • evidence-based, point-of-care clinical decision support databases
  • leading medical, health science, and healthcare administration journals
  • well-focused collection of books (electronic and print)
  • repository for all Ochsner-related publications
  • user-friendly access to consumer health information

You can check out books from our facility on the Jefferson Highway campus, or we can mail them to your location. Any needed article or book that we do not own, we will get from another source as quickly as possible, often with same-day electronic delivery. Reference books, rare books, bound volumes of print journals, and archival materials are restricted to onsite use only. Log into OHSLink for remote access to Medical Library resources.

For technical issues with OHSLink, contact the ISD Service Desk at 504-842-3610 or IS Self Service (Intranet access only).

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are there any charges for services?

    Medical Library resources and services are provided at no charge. There is also no charge for interlibrary loan or document delivery, whether ordered through ILLiad or Loansome Doc. However, users who fail to return borrowed materials are billed the replacement cost plus a $25 processing fee for each unreturned item.

  • Are different services available for different types of users?

    All services are available to all of our users, with a few exceptions:

    • Checkout of circulating materials is available only to staff with a valid Ochsner ID.
    • Interlibrary loan service is available only to current Ochsner-affiliated staff.
    • Help for a student is limited to general use of Medical Library resources—staff does not perform searches, research, or other assigned class work.
  • Where do I access Medical Library online resources?

    Electronic resources are accessible in Epic and through our website. Links to resources for access to subscribed content only work for computers that can be recognized as belonging to Ochsner. All computers accessing the Internet via the Ochsner network are automatically recognized and grant access to all subscribed content.

  • How can I access online resources from outside the Ochsner network?

    Ochsner provides remote access to its network via OHSLink. Enter your Ochsner username and password for remote access.

  • What is the process for checking out a book?

    All of the print books in the Medical Library collection are available for circulation to Ochsner-affiliated users, except for reference books, rare books, and bound volumes of periodicals. Circulating books may be checked out for three weeks at a time. Print books can be checked out in person during our office hours, or we can mail them to your location. Electronic books can be checked out directly from our online catalog.

  • How do I get materials (articles, chapters, books) not in the Medical Library collection?

    We use a system called ILLiad to process interlibrary loan requests. ILLiad requires registration (at no charge) for a user account. ILLiad account holders can submit ILL requests quickly and easily from many of our online resources. Register for an Ochsner-affiliated ILLiad account.

  • How can I learn more about the Medical Library?

    Our staff can demonstrate or offer guidance in using our resources—unscheduled or by appointment. We can provide anything from a brief overview of services to customized, in-depth, hands-on training in essential resources. Contact us to present at your next meeting.