Medical Library

The Nationwide Children's Hospital medical library is a branch of The Ohio State University (OSU) Health Sciences Library. Our collection has approximately 16,000 volumes of books and journals with 260 subscriptions. OSU faculty, staff, students and Children's Hospital employees may borrow materials from the library with a valid OSU ID or courtesy card. We issue courtesy cards at the circulation desk. For further information, call (614) 722-3200.

With your library card, you may request books from any OSU library and with a few keystrokes, you may toggle to OhioLINK and borrow from that network.  OhioLINK (Ohio Library and Information Network) is a library network linking the collections and databases of many of Ohio's college and university libraries and the State Library of Ohio. OhioLINK allows access to the libraries collections and their electronic databases.


  • 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday
  • 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday

Literature Searches

Databases reflecting literature on a national and international scope, not limited to CHI's nor OSU's collections, are available for your use. Some of the available databases include: MEDLINE, CINAHL (Nursing Literature), PsychINFO, The Cochrane Databases (evidence based medicine), National Organization of Rare Diseases Databases. Additional databases are available through OhioLINK covering education, psychology, bioethics, AIDS and business, as well as general magazines and newspapers. Literature searches are available free of charge for NCH Staff through the Library by calling (614) 722-3200. The general public may search medical literature free of charge through (medical literature) and (consumer health literature).

Computer Lab

Next to the circulation desk is a computer center. All computers can access the Internet and the Microsoft Office Suite software. Each computer is networked to the copy machine in the library, which serves as a printer, fax machine and scanner as well as a copier. 

There is no charge for photocopying.

Hospital Learning Kits

These kits are filled with medical supplies to help acquaint children with the hospital environment and they can be borrowed for one week.