Franciscan Library

When you need information to make decisions regarding patient care, improve quality of services, pursue research, or investigate administrative or management issues, the CHI Franciscan Health Library is here to meet your needs.

The Library is located at St. Joseph Medical Center on the ground floor, South Pavilion, adjacent to the physicians' lounge, see map. There are also small satellite libraries at St. Clare and St. Francis.

Brynn Beals, MLS, AHIP, Librarian

Phone: 253-426-6778
Fax: 253-426-6260
Mail: FHS Library, St. Joseph Medical Center
PO Box 2197
Tacoma, WA 98401-2197


The library is staffed Monday-Friday, 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM. The library is accessible to FHS staff and physicians 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Physicians have 24-hour access with an FHS swipe card. FHS employees will be admitted with proper identification by contacting the Security Department if the door is locked. Voicemail and e-mail are available for after hours requests.


Work-related library services are offered at no charge to FHS physicians and staff. Non work-related projects are done on an as-time-allows basis and will involve a cost recovery fee.

Library Services

  • Ovid Databases
    You can access the OVID databases by clicking here. For a user ID and password, contact Brynn Beals.

  • EBSCO Databases
    You can access the EBSCO databases by clicking here. For a user ID and password, contact Brynn Beals.

  • Literature Searches
    The Library offers literature searches in support of work-related projects to FHS physicians and staff. We can access Medline, the Internet, and many different databases to locate the information you need.

  • Interlibrary Loans
    If an article or book request cannot be filled from within the FHS Library collection, every attempt will be made to obtain it from another library.

  • Quick Information/Reference
    Need an address, phone number, word spelling or have another question? Call the Library!

  • Turn-around Time
    Every effort will be made to accommodate your time requirements. Literature searches involving patient care issues are given priority. Document delivery for items not owned by FHS may take up to one week, but alternative delivery methods are available to meet clinical emergencies.

  • Current Awareness
    Articles and tables of contents from publications in your area of interest can be regularly routed to you.

  • Borrowing Privileges
    FHS staff and physicians may borrow books, journals and videotapes for 2 weeks. Exceptions include reference texts and the current month issues of journals, which may be used only in the Library. Library materials may be renewed by phone, mail, or in person.

  • Resources
    The FHS Library has an interdisciplinary collection of medical, nursing management and allied health material, including:

    The FHS Library has current texts on topics relevant to services provided by our integrated healthcare delivery network.

    The FHS Library system subscribes to over 100 journals in the areas of medicine, nursing and health administration.

    Library videotapes may be accessed through the library catalog.

  • Computer Access
    We have a computer available to FHS physicians and staff to access information in support of work-related projects.