The New York State Psychiatric Institute Library

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The library houses a unique collection specializing in the literature of psychiatry and mental health. As one of the largest psychiatric libraries in the nation, it holds more than 10,000 volumes and subscribes to over 25 periodicals. The collection emphasizes the multidisciplinary aspect of the Institute. Most source material is in psychiatry, but many books and journals can also be found in psychoanalysis, psychology and neuroscience. Reference services feature computerized bibliographic retrieval. The major databases in the mental health field, including MEDLINE and PSYCINFO, are delivered with menu-driven, user-friendly interfaces, and are available to all clientele. Borrowing privileges are extended to employees of PI and the New York Presbyterian Hospital, students and others not employed at PI or the NYPH may read in the library but cannot borrow.

Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm

Library services include the following:


PSYCINFO, 1887-current


LIBRARIAN-MEDIATED SEARCHES Employees of the Institute may request searches to be run by the librarians. These searches usually take 1 to 2 days and are free of charge.

INTERLIBRARY LOAN Books or journals not owned by the PI Library or the Columbia Health Sciences Library can be requested by interlibrary loan. The library has access to a wide array of cooperative networks which can fill requests from the common to the most obscure.
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