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About the Aria Health School of Nursing Library

Aria Health School of Nursing (SON) Library is located on the first floor of Aria Health School of Nursing. This facility provides access to a wide variety of research materials to support the curricular and research needs of the SON students, alumni, and faculty. It is affiliated with the medical libraries of the Aria Health System and students are accorded the privilege of using these libraries at the Torresdale and Bucks campuses. The library also supports the educational programs of the Pennsylvania State University General Studies Program to assist students with obtaining their bachelor degree. The Aria Health SON students are also eligible to access Penn State Library Services. The library abides by the Pennsylvania Interlibrary Loan Code and adheres to the Copyright Code laws and Delaware Valley Information Consortium (DEVIC) Memorandum of Agreement.

Library Information

Medical Librarian: Sophia Kim, MLIS Librarian
Phone: 215-710-3523
Fax: 215-710-3543
Email: skim@ariahealth.org

Library Hours for Spring, 2017
Monday thru Friday: 7AM-4PM
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Library hours are subject to change for breaks, finals, holidays, and inclement weather.

Borrowing Policies

All faculty and students may borrow up to 3 items with a current Aria Health School of Nursing ID card. All materials, with the exception of journals and the reference books, can be checked out. Reserve and reference materials may be used in the library only. The loan period for books is two weeks (14 days) with one renewal, while the loan period for audio-visual materials is two days with one renewal; limit two items at a time. Fines for overdue library books will accrue on a per-day-basis. The library asks that all patrons make every attempt to return library materials in a timely manner, as it deprives others of their use.

Library Rules

Cell phones:
Cell phones must be kept on silent and phone calls must be conducted outside of the library.
Food and drink:
No food & drinks are allowed in the library.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan is a service that allows patrons to obtain materials from other medical libraries. If students need articles that are not available in the School of Nursing library collection, they can be requested from lending libraries. These Interlibrary Loan requests may take 1-2 weeks.

Library Collections

The library houses around 2,000 books on core titles in nursing, nursing education and allied health. The library also keeps a wide selection of nursing journal titles in both print and electronic formats. Full text articles and citation databases and electronic journals are also available.

Aria Health School of Nursing OPAC

Aria Health Online Library Catalog (OPAC)

  • Login ID: Aria Health School of Nursing
  • No password required

Electronic Resources


  • Student's login ID & Password required

Nursing Central™ from Unbound Medicine

  • Student's login ID & Password required


  • To gain access to the Board Vitals, first-time users must register at the Aria Health Hospital homepage. Once registered, students can access the system from any location on a computer or mobile device, with their newly created login ID and password.
  • To register, click here
  • Tutorial Video

Aria Health Hospital Homepage

  • Available through the hospital intranet

Aria Health Hospital Library

  • Available through the hospital intranet

Aria Health Hospital Policies

  • Available through the hospital intranet

Aria Health Hospital Library

  • PSU ID/password required

Database Tutorials

Quick Tips & Shortcuts for Database Searching

EBSCOHost Advanced Searching

Nursing Reference Center

Nursing Reference Center Plus

Community Health Assessment Resources

School of Nursing Library Handout

Citing Sources

APA Style


Nursing Information on the Web

American Nurses Association Nursing World


National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations (NCEMNA)

National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)

National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC)

National League for Nursing

National Safety Goals by the Joint Commissions

National Student Nurses Association (NSNA)

Nursing Theories

Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing

Professional Nursing Organizations

Student Nurses' Association of Pennsylvania

Government Web Sites


  • PubMed provides free access to over 26 million citations and abstracts in the fields of medicine, nursing, health care systems, preclinical science.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

  • Offers information on infectious and non-infectious disease, food borne pathogens, and other educational activities designed to improve health outcomes.


  • Compilation of information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, consumer health information, and the latest in health news.


  • Produced by the National Library of Medicine, MedlinePlus provides reliable and up-to-date health information including disease information, the latest treatments, drug information, medical videos.
  • Offers the latest medical research on various topics.

Healthy People 2020

  • Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of Americans.


MLA Style