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Check out your local library?

  • Free internet and cheap printing; getting a library card is free.
  • Librarians are professionals with degrees in the field, good source of advice and may be able to direct you to other information professionals for specific questions.
  • Libraries are a safe zone – librarians are trained to deal with sensitive issues.
  • Reference librarians have a masters in library science and can help you answer even vague questions; this is the person you should talk to even if you are having a hard time wording your thoughts.
  • If you are interested in possible clinical trials, do some research on your own or with a librarian, since your oncology professionals may not always be up-to-date on the most recent trials.

Public Library

  • Free internet – no library card needed
  • Copies (small fee) – no library card needed
  • Librarians are trained to deal with sensitive issues; option of requesting private meeting
  • A list of public libraries can be found here.
  • Public librarians are great at compiling cancer resources, such as: New York Public Library – Breast Cancer Research Guide


Medical Library

  • Built to assist physicians, healthcare providers, and researchers; good place to find detailed information
  • Staffed by medical librarians, who specialize in evidence-based search and provide training on using electronic resources


A partial list of medical libraries specializing in cancer can be found here.


The U.S. National Library of Medicine has developed MedLine Plus, an online patient resource.


Patient Library

Excerpted from an interview with Michelle Malizia, National Libraries of Medicine librarian

Get the facts ... ICC Fact Sheets

The ICC and its members have produced and helped produce many useful resources.  Here are a few.  This page will be expanded soon to include many more.

ICC Publications

Eliminating Disparities in Clinical Trials (EDICT)

Different Types of Libraries and Resources Offered