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Library Information


Director – Chris Nims, MSLIS – ext. 33196
Reference Librarian – Louise Collins – ext. 33664
Library Assistant - pending


8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday
Closed weekends – admission after hours to Mass. Eye and Ear staff with ID can be given with permission of Library Director – ext. 33196

Current collections:

Print Journals:
130 active subscriptions – hard copy
70 Ophthalmology (41 Domestic, 29 Foreign)
53 Otorhinolaryngology (33 Domestic, 20 Foreign)
7 General

On-line Journals

101 of the journals subscribed to in hard copy are also available on-line. Of those,
71 are purchased by the hosptial. The rest are available through Harvard and/or
Partners with a username and password provided by the institution. The access
points for each journal can be found here.

To access the following journals, you must have a password provided by the



The library owns over 40 titles, both foreign and domestic, with holdings in the 19th century. Some are located in the main library but most are in storage.


  • Books in the regular collections can be borrowed by staff for two weeks with two renewals if not requested by another patron.
  • Reserve books (in the office) can be borrowed if a duplicate copy is available.
  • Rare books in the archival collection must be used in the Archives or Library and do not circulate.
  • Journals cannot leave the library except for the purpose of scanning. If taken out
    they must be returned within 24 hours and not leave the hospital premises.


Document Delivery (Interlibrary Loan)

The Library, through its many networks, both regional and national, can usually provide articles or books that are not held by this library. The charge is $5 - $15 depending upon the source. We try to obtain materials as quickly as possible at the lowest cost.

Literature searches

The Reference Librarian is available to help or do literature searches. Formal appointments are not necessary, but it is wise to call ahead to let us know when you would like to come. There is usually no charge for this. If the search is extensive, there may be a small charge.

Copier Service

The library has two copiers available for use. Self copy is 15 cents per copy or copier service is 25 cents per copy. Turnaround time is fast, but it may be busy at certain times, so try to plan ahead.


Mass. Eye and Ear computers: the Library provides three Mass. Eye and Ear networked computers for the use of those who have Mass. Eye and Ear passwords.

Partners computer: The library also provides a Partners computer for the use of those in the hospital or visiting who have a Partners affiliation and password.

Public access computers: The library also provides three computers that do not require a password for use. These are not on the hospital network and are intended for short term use (15 minutes or less) by visiting students, lecturers, patients and families and any staff that does not have other access.

Meeting Room:

The Charles Snyder Reading Room houses the rare book collection, dating from the 1500’s, and is used as a meeting room for small groups of 10 or less. Because of the nature of the room, the rule of no food or drink is strictly observed. The room is purposely kept cool for preservation of the rare books. Call ahead (ext. 3196) to reserve this room.

The Abraham Pollen Archives:

The Archives comprises the historical records and papers of the hospital, including Annual Reports from the 1800’s to current, many of the old Case Reports, the extensive photograph collection, Board records and other hospital records. There is also a collection of old medical instruments from both specialties and a spectacle collection. The New England Ophthalmological Association houses their archival papers with the Mass. Eye and Ear Archives. Several times a year, visiting scholars use the Archives for their research and, of course, members of the Mass. Eye and Ear community are welcome to use the collection.