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September 1, 1975

The Medical Library

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Roanoke Memorial Hospitals Library Roanoke, Va

JAMA. 1975;233(9):953. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03260090019008

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To the Editor.—  As one trained in the field of administration who now finds himself working in a community hospital medical library, I read with interest Dr. King's analysis of a medical library in the university environment (231:833, 1975). Many of his comments are equally applicable to the medical library in a hospital setting.I do question one of his observations, namely that a library cannot be all things to all men. Here at Roanoke Memorial Hospitals Library we serve a varied range of interests and specialities. With seven separate training schools, 30 residents in four different programs, departments that range alphabetically from Administration to Volunteer Services, and very active users in the house and attending staffs, we do try to be all things to all men (and women, too). Although some departments and schools maintain individual book collections for ready reference, we feel that a centralized library, performing a