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The PCOM Library provides information resources to support the educational, research, and clinical activities of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. The Library evaluates, acquires, and organizes access to local and remote information resources. The Library utilizes information technologies to expand the scope of local collections to encompass the universe of electronic resources, and to extend access to users at remote locations. The electronic environment of the PCOM Digital Library includes bibliographic databases and indexes, full text resources of specialized information on cancer, clinical practice guidelines, infectious diseases and other subjects, catalogs of local, regional, and national biomedical collections, and the ever-expanding web of biomedical sites.

The mission of the Library is to provide users with access to the widest possible range of information resources, and to assist users in acquiring the skills necessary to use these resources effectively.


Library Staff Directory

Philadelphia Campus
Etheldra Templeton, Executive Director of Library & Educational Information Systems,
Stephanie Ferretti, Associate Director of Public & Technical Services, 215-871-6475
Randy Blackwell, Inter-Library Loan Officer, 215-871-6481
Christine Davidian, Electronic Resources Librarian, 215-871-6432
Nea Hargrove, Technical Services Clerk, 215-871-6472
Julia Lewis, Access Coordinator, 215-871-6466
Yvonne Scholfield, Audiovisual Library Assistant, 215-871-6470
Beverly Sherwood-Lisimba, Administrative Assistant, 215-871-6471
Susan Tom, Library Specialist, 215-871-6470

Georgia Campus
Melissa Speed, Reference & Education Librarian, 678-225-7541
Erica Roselle, Library Assistant, 678-225-7543


Library Locations & Contact Information

Philadelphia Campus
O. J. Snyder Memorial Library
Evans Hall
4170 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131-1695
Loan Desk: 215-871-6470
Library Fax: 215-871-6478

Georgia Campus
Information Commons
625 Old Peachtree Road
Suwanee, GA 30024
Loan Desk: 678-225-7541
Library Fax: 678-225-7549

Library E-mail: library@pcom.edu



Academic Year Library Hours   
Philadelphia Campus                
Monday - Friday: 7:30 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 8 am - 11: 30 pm

Georgia Campus
Monday - Sunday: 7 am - 11 pm

Variations in hours for holidays, vacation periods, etc. will be posted.


Library Access

The PCOM Library is primarily for the use of PCOM students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Due to reciprocal inter-library agreements, access is also granted to students and faculty of select institutions upon presentation of a current institutional photo ID.

Library study space is reserved for the exclusive use of PCOM students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Non-PCOM researchers who have legitimate need to access the Library print collection may do so weekdays until 5 P.M. with the exception of Exam and Reading Periods. In order to provide adequate access and support for research and study, use of computers and technology is restricted at all times to members of the PCOM community. Unaffiliated researchers who have legitimate need to consult unique collection resources during restricted periods may request access from Library Administration. Requests for use of library study space will not be honored.

Exam and Reading Periods: Due to heavy demands for seating and study space during these periods, weekday access is restricted to PCOM faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Visitors who wish to use the Library are advised to call and check the academic schedule prior to traveling to campus.

Evenings after 5 P.M./Weekends/Holidays: Because of space limitations, security concerns, and staffing levels, access is restricted to PCOM faculty, staff, students, and alumni.



The print collection is comprised of over 18,000 books and 5,000 bound journal volumes. Consult the PCOM Online Catalog for information on the book collection. The Library subscribes to over 300 current periodicals in print format, and over 5,000 full text electronic journals accessible through the Digital Library E-Journals page. Journal Search provides title, keyword, and subject access to both the print and electronic collections. Videocassette, audiocassette, slide, CD-ROM and laser disc collections ay also be identified through the Online Catalog.

The Digital Library provides access to licensed databases including the following: MEDLINE, MD Consult, Best Evidence, CINAHL, Cochrane Collection of Systematic Reviews, Health & Psychological Instruments, HealthStar, and PsycInfo. The Digital Library also facilitates access to unrestricted Internet resources including CancerNet, CDC Wonder, Health Services Technology Assessment, Material Safety Data Sheets, Physician Data Query, and Population Index. All of these databases are available both on-campus and from remote locations.

The Digital Library Internet Subject Guides provide subject access to selected Internet sites and resources, including textbooks, clinical simulations, diagnostic support programs, metasites, etc. Students also have access to productivity applications (word processing, spreadsheets, database management, etc), question banks, practice exams, interactive atlases, electronic databases, and the INTERNET.


Consortia (Access to other Libraries)

Philadelphia CampusTCLC, Tri-State College Library Cooperative, is a group of academic and special libraries located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. PCOM faculty and students are permitted access to many TCLC libraries upon presenting a letter of introduction authorized by a PCOM librarian and a PCOM ID. Selected TCLC libraries permit direct borrowing. Check with a librarian at PCOM or the library you are interested in using before you travel there.  

The Library is also a member of PALCI, PA Academic Library Consortium. EZ-Borrow provides access to the combined catalogs of member libraries.

Georgia Campus: The Library is a member of GPALS, Georgia's Private Academic Libraries, a consortium of libraries of privately supported institutions of higher education in Georgia.

The Library also participates in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.  Access to NNML member collections is through inter-library loan.

Feb. 1, 2008