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Watts Library Frequently Asked Questions 

Who can use the Watts Library? Are there any restrictions?

The Watts Library is open to all Mercy employees, area health professionals, patients, and family members or visitors of a patient. We attempt to keep our resources available for those individuals receiving care, offering support or providing care.

I live nearby and am not a patient, employee or visitor; can I use the computers, printer and copier in the library?

Because our resources are limited we need to keep these available to our employees, area health professionals, our patients and their family members and those individuals actively seeking health information. If you do not fall into one of these patron groups consider using the Cedar Rapids Public Library.

Does the Watts Library have wireless Internet connection?

Yes, wireless services are available throughout the entire hospital.

Are food and drink allowed in the library?

Yes, food and drink are allowed in the library. Please respect other visitors and the library staff by cleaning up after yourself. If an accidental spill or mess is made, please let us know so we can get it cleaned promptly.

I'd like to request some health information; what do I need to do?

Health information can be requested in person, by phone or e-mail. Please let us know the health topic you are interested in, as well as specific treatments, therapies, complications, clinical trials or resources you would like to know more about. Also, be sure to let us know the best way to contact you with results.

  • Phone (319) 398-6165
  • Email

What do I need to do to check out a patient laptop?

Begin by requesting a laptop from a staff person on the floor that the patient is on. We ask that a staff member on the patient's floor come to the library to check out the laptop. However, on the occasions a laptop is requested directly through the library we will make every effort to accommodate the request.

What do I need to do to check out materials? What if I'm not a staff member?

Employees and area health professions who check out materials must provide their name, department or office, phone number and e-mail address. Materials have a 3 week check out period and can be renewed for an additional 3 weeks.

Patients and their guests will be asked for their name and detailed contact information. Materials have a 2 week checkout period and can be renewed for an additional 2 weeks. Fines and lost charges may accrue if materials aren't returned in a timely manner.

Other requests to borrow materials will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

I have books I'd like to donate to the library. Will you take them?

Due to our limited budget we are always interested in donations. However, due to space restrictions we are not able to accept everything. Following is a list of criteria:

Medical:

  • Reviewed on a case-by-case basis

Non-fiction:

  • Hardcover in good condition (no tears, broken binding, spills)
  • Timely topics
  • New and popular (within last 2 years)

Fiction: 

  • Hardcover in good condition (no tears, broken binding, spills)
  • New and popular (within last 2 years)
  • Classics
  • Adult and some Young Adult

I would like some help with a literature search; what information do you need?

Literature searches can be requested in person, by phone, or email. The more information we have the better the results will be. The types of questions we may ask include:  

  • What is the topic? What aspect of the topic are you trying to focus on?
  • How current do the results/articles need to be?
  • Are you interested in review articles, evidence-based resources, case studies, etc?
  • How soon do you need results?
  • How can we contact you?

I have specific journal articles I'd like but don't know how to get them. Can you help?

Requests for articles can be made in person, by phone or email. We have resources available to help us locate hard to find or pay-per-view articles free of charge. Please provide us with as much of the citation as possible.