New York State Psychiatric Institute
Patient & Family Library & Learning Center
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The Patient & Family Library & Learning Center is an information center designed to meet the needs of mental health consumers and their families. The library is ensconced next to the majestic, historic Hudson River. The library has a beautiful view overlooking the Hudson River and New Jersey. The forth longest suspension bridge in America, the George Washington Bridge is also visable from the library. The library provides a comfortable place to spend some time, and meet with friendly, helpful, professional staff who can help you find what you need. You are welcome to browse at your leisure. The Library provides mental health information on disorders, treatments, community resources and coping.

We carry material on the following subjects:
  • Anxiety
  • Childhood Disorders
  • Bi-Polar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Coping
  • Medication
  • Schizophrenia
  • ...and more

We carry a variety of brochures and newsletters. One mental health newspaper we feature is New York City Voices which was founded by the late Kenneth Steele, and besides having stories about the mental health world of New York City, City Voices carries a strong message of mental health consumer empowerment.

The library has a section of books devoted to leisure reading for inpatients. The library also has a computer room with a number of brand new, fast computers with high-speed Internet access and flat screen LCD monitors. The library has educational videos, with TV/VCR/DVD's for viewing. We have an assortment of Spanish language materials. The library has classes in computer education. The library sponsors community events, and provides a good place for finding information on understanding mental illness.

New York State Psychiatric Institute realizes the importance of informing patients and their families about the nature and treatment of psychiatric disorders. Knowledge about the patient's illness and treatment facilitates the process of recovery for the patient and is believed to reduce stress for the family.

Created in order to assist patients and families seeking information about the patient's diagnosis and the kinds of treatment being given, the patient and family library provides books, videos, and brochures about mental health in English and Spanish for patients, family members, and their friends. Patients can borrow novels and other non-fiction works in English and Spanish as well as clinical texts during their hospital stay. Informative brochures are also available in both languages. Videotapes illustrating the psychiatric experiences of others can be viewed in the library, bringing to life the diagnosis and treatment of many mental disorders. Computers with internet access connect the user to websites dedicated to psychiatry.


1051 Riverside Drive, 5th Floor Room 5701 | New York, NY 10032 | (212) 543-6713