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Health Sciences Library

IWK staff working from home:  Are you trying to access IWK Library electronic resources or library services?  Contact library staff at 


NEW 2018
Clinical Key Package (registration at site required for pdf BOOK access, once registered, login for free pdf access)
NEW 2018
PEN Nutrition (Practice-based evidence in Nutrition)
NEW 2019
(create a new account using IWK email or sign in to access)
NEW 2020
Oxford Handbook of Public Health Ethics (free access from Oxford University Press during Pandemic) 
NEW 2020
Oxford Clinical Psychology Resources (free access from Oxford University Press during Pandemic) 
NEW 2020
NEW 2020
Racism and Its Effects on Pediatric Health (American Academy of Pediatrics journal articles) 




Electronic Journals

Electronic Textbooks

Electronic Databases / Resources

Health Related Links

Interlibrary Loan / Document Delivery Form - please contact library staff at

IWK Family Library

Patient / Family Learning Resources (Patient Guides)

Provincial Health Libraries catalogue (NSHA / IWK)

Location: The Health Sciences Library is located on the 2nd / main floor of the IWK Health Centre, on the south side of the Cineplex O.E. Smith theatre.

Telephone: 902-470-8646

Hours of Operation: The Health Sciences Library is open Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Using the Library:  The Library collection and services are available for the use of all health centre staff, medical staff and health profession students while on clinical rotations within the Health Centre. Others may use materials in the library at any time during staffed library hours or borrow materials through another library through interlibrary loan.

Library Collection: The IWK Health Sciences Library subscribes to more than 3000 journal titles in electronic and print format. Electronic subscriptions are institution-wide and are accessible from any computer within the IWK computer network. Click here to access IWK Library electronic journal subscriptions. Visit the Library in person or contact library staff to find out more about the library's print journal collection.

There are also collections of books, audiovisual, reference and reserve materials in the areas of gynaecologic, reproductive, perinatal, neonatal and pediatric care, management, research and education. Visit the Library in person or contact library staff to access print journal subscriptions, books, audiovisual, reference and reserve collections.

Loan Periods: Hard copy books / audiovisual materials can be borrowed for two week periods. Journals may be borrowed for one week. 

Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery Services: Staff of the Health Sciences Library can access materials available in other libraries on your behalf. We can arrange for you to borrow materials or obtain copies of journal articles from other library collections.

Literature Searching: The Health Sciences Library has 4 computer workstations which are available for you to access library / health information sources. Contact the librarian if you require assistance with database searching or to request a literature search. 


If you would like to suggest books, journals, videos, Internet resources, or just have general comments to make regarding the IWK Health Sciences Library, please contact Darlene Chapman at or (902) 470-6729.

Please contact us with questions regarding the Health Sciences Library:

Darlene Chapman, Librarian

Pam Parker, Library Assistant