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Patient Health Library

The UCSF Patient Health Library is an information resource at UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion. The library is open to the public and has medical books and journals, health newsletters, access to the Internet and more.

A professional medical librarian is available for assistance in researching health and medical information.

Services include:

  • Assistance in researching health information
  • Education in how to search for information
  • Internet access
  • Printing, faxing and scanning (See charges below)
  • Reference materials including medical books, journals, newsletters and newspapers

Library Staff

The librarians at the H.M. Fishbon Memorial Library have master degrees in library and information science:

  • Ari Kleiman, patient health librarian
  • Laura Olson, Web and reference librarian
  • Gail Sorrough, director of Medical Library Services
  • Gloria Won, reference and research librarian

Faxing, Printing, Scanning Fees

The library provides faxing services within the Bay Area or to toll-free numbers at no charge. Documents also can be scanned to electronic files for free.

Fees for printing and long-distance faxing are:

  • Printing and photocopying — 15 cents per page
  • Faxing — 50 cents per page within the U.S.; $1 per page for international


The library is an extension of the H.M. Fishbon Memorial Library, the medical library at Mount Zion. It began with a donation from a former patient Margaret Carter, who funded the development of a consumer health information collection called "HealthWorks" in 2003. Patient demand soon exceeded the capacity of the Fishbon library and in 2008, plans were developed to create a separate patient library.

The Mount Zion Health Fund provided funds to remodel the library space and a donation from Dr. Leonard D. Rosenman, a long-time doctor at Mount Zion, supported the hiring of a librarian for the Patient Health Library, which opened in December 2009.

UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion
1600 Divisadero St.
First Floor, A Building
San Francisco, CA 94115


Online Bookstore

See our online bookstore for a sampling of books written and recommended by our doctors, nurses and other health care staff.

Patient Education

See our library of patient education on topics ranging from arrhythmia to weight-loss surgery.

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Patient Health Library

Phone (415) 885-7285
Fax (415) 885-3665

Hours: Monday to Friday
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more information, visit the library website.