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Spectrum Health Libraries

Our Libraries

Spectrum Health libraries serve physicians, nurses, patients, students and the West Michigan community. The libraries represent a tradition of institutional and philanthropic commitment that has lasted more than a century.

With two convenient locations, our libraries offer a full range of services. Both libraries provide centralized access to health science databases as well as books and journals that support clinical practice and research for medicine, surgery, nursing and pharmacy. Library collections concentrate on clinical aspects of heart disease, cancer, children's health, bones and joints, women's health, trauma, surgery and plastic surgery.

Amberg Health Sciences Library
Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital

100 Michigan St. NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
A-level, West Building

Staffed Hours
Monday to Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Memorial Day to Labor Day)
7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Labor Day to Memorial Day)
Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Telephone: 616.391.1655
Fax: 616.391.3527

Richard Root Smith Medical Library
Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital
1840 Wealthy St. SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506
Level B

Staffed Hours
Monday to Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Year-round)
Telephone: 616.774.7931
Fax: 616.774.5290

Both libraries are closed Saturday, Sunday and on the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day and the following Friday
  • Christmas Eve Day at Noon
  • Christmas Day

Computing Resources
All electronic resources, including databases and full-text articles, are accessible at both library locations and from most Spectrum Health workstations with access to InSite, the health system's intranet.

Our database and e-book collection includes:

  • Access Medicine
  • CINAHL
  • MEDLINE
  • Cochrane Methodology Register
  • EMB Reviews - Cochrane
  • MD Consult
  • Nursing Consult
  • PsychINFO
  • Stat!Ref
  • Micromedex
  • Online Metabolic & Molecular Bases of Inherited Disease
  • APA Guide to Electronic References
  • Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care

Library Access
You will need a Spectrum Health identification badge or a MichiCard-designated public or academic library card to sign out materials. Patients need to show their ID bracelet. Family members must have a picture ID and allow library staff to copy it in order to sign out a password for the computers.

Photocopiers are available for 10 cents per page.