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Ascension Genesys Library Services 

The Ascension St. John Hospital Medical Library staff serves the clinical, educational, research and informational needs
of clinicians, staff, and administration serving the Ascension Genesys Ministry.



Services available through your Medical Library include:

  • Literature Searches
  • Obtaining full-text articles
  • Interlibrary Loans: print and electronic
  • Training on database use 
  • Consumer Health
  • Guideline and Policy Searches


Literature Searches

  • Literature searches are provided for any staff member as long as the subject is work related.
  • Please use the Library Request Form for literature search requests, journal article requests, book chapter requests, or book loan requests.
    Fill out the form as completely as possible.
  • Requests can also be made by phone (313-343-3733), or e-mail (
  • A staff member will run the literature search and email you a list of pertinent journal citations, with abstracts (if available).
  • Literature searches are run on a first come first served basis and take between 3 and 5 business days.
  • If you prefer to do your own searches, most clinical resources (eg: Medline, PubMed, CINAHL, Lexicomp, full text electronic journals and books) can be accessed on the hospital's intranet and do not require an internet ID and password.

Article Requests and Interlibrary Loans

  • Article requests are generally filled within a day or two.
  • If the Medical Library does not have access to a resource, we can request it from other libraries through interlibrary loan services. Normal turnaround time for interlibrary loans is 1 - 3  business days. You may also request books through interlibrary loan. 
  • Rush Requests  - Rush service is available only for patient emergencies.

Training on Database Use

  • Training is available to Ascension Associates as a group or in a one-on-one meeting on how to use the available databases and library services.
  • Training sessions are available by appointment. To schedule an appointment, please contact us by phone (313-343-3733), or e-mail (

Consumer Health

  • The Medical Library can provide information on patient education materials from other sources on specific subjects.
  • If you have a patient that you would like to provide patient education material to from other sources, please send an email to

Guideline and Policy Searches

  • The Medical Library will respond to specific policy questions with information from other sources such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Association of Family Practitioners, the American College of Physicians, and many others.
  • Please send an email to with specific questions about your guidelines research and we will send you information on those specific topics if that information is available.