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Graff Library

Lee Graff Medical and Scientific Library
Thanks to a generous contribution from the late Lee Graff, noted California apparel executive and longtime City of Hope board member, the Graff Medical and Scientific Library serves the information needs of the City of Hope community.
The library furnishes materials and services that support the institution's clinical, scientific and educational mission. It offers an expansive collection of scientific and biomedical journals and online databases, as well as a wide array of other services.
The library offers a comprehensive listing of electronic books, online journals, and other online resources.
From the well-known PubMed and MEDLINE to more specialized offerings such as Web of Science, SciFinder Scholar, and the Cochrane Library, the library provides easy-access links to nearly 30 biomedical and scientific databases.
Review the books available in the library's Popular Reading and Career and Professional Development collections.
Graff Library Catalog
Search for books and print journals in the Graff Library's collection.
Tutorials and Resource Guides
These tutorials offer help in finding full-text articles and using the Journals A-Z List.


Graff Library Events

City of Hope’s Graff Library events calendar is easy to use, offers great flexibility and has many capabilities. You can select the events that most interest you, download them to Outlook or your other personal calendars and even R.S.V.P. online. To get started, click on an event. You can subscribe to the Graff Library Calendar for regular updates.You can also choose how you receive calendar notices, whether through weekly emails or downloads.

Library Information

Circulation Policies
Borrowing Privileges
Any City of Hope employee may check out books from the library after completing a library registration card available at the circulation desk. Selected others, e.g. students, visiting professionals, etc., may be granted temporary borrowing privileges.
If an item is in circulation, a reserve can be placed on it. When the item is returned, the patron who placed the reserve will be notified.
Lost Materials
Patrons are responsible for the cost of replacing items they lose plus a five dollar processing fee.
Books - 2 week
Journals - 24 hrs with special permission. no renewals.
A/V - 24 hrs, no renewal
Reference - Do not circulate
Reserved - Do not circulate
Library Services
The following is a brief description of some of  Graff Library 's services to patrons.
After Hours Access to the Graff Library
The library is staffed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., but City of Hope staff and students may access the library anytime. Please request after hours library access by contacting Security at 626-256-4673, ext. 62006. To enter the library outside of business hours swipe your employee badge at the west door, located off the walkway between the library and Hilton building. Contact Security if you are unable to access the library using your badge, or if you observe inappropriate or suspicious behavior.
Document Delivery
Library staff will pull and copy journal articles for City of Hope patrons. Orders can be placed in person, over the phone, or by fax/mail. Departments will be billed for any applicable charges.
The librarians at Graff Library will help patrons with reference inquiries related to scientific and medical topics. Information from reference sources and bibliographies can be provided. Library staff also instruct patrons on how to access and search library-owned databases and the Internet. Requests for assistance can be submitted on written forms found at the circulation desk, by phone, email, or in person.
Interlibrary Loan
If an item is not owned by Graff Library, it may be possible to obtain it from another institution. Requests for interlibrary loans will be filled as quickly as possible. Rush requests can be faxed for an extra charge. To place a request, phone in or use a Graff ILL form. Delivery time depends on the lending library.
Online Search Services
Librarians will search commercial databases for patrons. The charge depends on the complexity and scope of the search. Patrons may make requests using our form or by phone or email.
Current Awareness Service
The library will provide patrons with photocopies of journal tables of contents upon request. This is an ongoing service; patrons will receive their selected TOC's as the journal issues are received in the library. Patrons can use the TOC's to identify and request articles for document delivery or Interlibrary loan. Patrons are encouraged to use the many electronic versions of TOC's and fulltext journals available through the library website.
Graff Library publications
Patrons interested in receiving any Graff Library publication by interdepartmental mail should contact the library to be placed on our mailing lists. There is no charge to receive library publications.
Microcomputer and Photocopy Services
Microcomputer Facilities
Networked computer stations are available in the library for patron use. Loaded on these computers are productivity software packages, access to MEDLINE and other scientific databases, and the Internet. Personal printing is 5 cents a page; 25 cents for color.
Self-Service Photocopy
Photocopy machines are available for patron use in the library. The charge for personal copies is 5 cents a page, or 25 cents for color.

Obtaining the entire article you found

Need the full-text of an article? Not a City of Hope employee, student, or faculty member? Read on for more information on how to obtain the entire article you found using PubMed, the Pain Resource Center (PRC) website or Scholar.
There are 5 steps:
  1. Use PubMed and Google Scholar . These two free databases may be used to find relevant health-related journal articles on the topic of interest. If the article or item is found, try viewing the full article.
  2. If you are unable to view the full-text of the article for free, contact your organization's library. Most institutions have a library that is open to their students, employees, and patients. Some organization's libraries are open to the public. Another avenue to get the full-text might be to contact your local public library.
  3. If your institution doesn't have a library or your local public library isn't able to get the full-text of the article for you, search the NN/LM Members Directory site (using the tool at the right) for locating health and medical libraries in your area that are available to assist you in obtaining health-related articles.
    • Tips for using this directory: Search by zip code or hospital name or organization. If you work at or are a patient of a hospital or medical center, search for that organization.Within an institution's record Look for "Provides services for the public" or "Provides services to affiliated and unaffiliated health professionals". If you fit one of these categories, write down the name and contact information for the person or people listed.
  4. Contact (in-person, phone, or email) the hospital or institution found in the above library directory and let them know you want to order an article. It is helpful to provide them with the citation of the article you are looking for. If no library is found, please contact the Lee Graff Medical & Scientific Library at City of Hope at 626-301-8497 or library@coh.org.
  5. Follow the steps outlined by the person you connected with. Some organizations allow you to place orders electronically once you've registered for their service.
Please note: the above services typically are fee-based. Usually, if you are associated with the organization in some way, discounts or fee waivers may apply.
Contact the staff at the Lee Graff Medical & Scientific Library (phone: 626-301-8497 or library@coh.org) if you have any questions about the above information.

Tutorials and Resource Guides

  • Finding Full-text Articles : Visit the Online Journals page to find a journal title or browse alphabetically. Or, look for the followingicon in PubMed , Ovid, Web of Science and other databases. Clicking on:
will always bring up a page that provides:
  • A link to the full-text of articles in electronic journals we subscribe to as well as to those that are freely available on the web (open access)
  • A link to search our library catalog to find out if we have a print subscription
  • A link to place an interlibrary loan request


The Graff Library offers an extensive collection of scientific databases, journals, and books. Databases, electronic journals, and electronic books are available from any computer on the City of Hope network, and most are also available remotely via City of Hope's Virtual Private Network (VPN). The library also offers a small popular reading collection, with current fiction and nonfiction works for recreational reading.

Meet the Graff Library Staff


Tell Us What You Think
Did you find that reference? Was there any discussion published about this controversial article? Is that German drug manufactured in this country? Do we really have this journal back to the 1950s? Can I come in and do my photocopying on Sunday? Could someone come over and show my staff how to find things?
Just ask! You may be surprised at what the  Graff Library has to offer: besides the holdings in the library building -would you like a tour?- this web site has links to online journals, databases, biomedical and research links, reference sources, and, right here, personal help. You can always call us,drop by, or e-mail us atlibrary@coh.org.


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Graff Library Office Location and Hours
City of Hope
Lee Graff Medical and Scientific Library
1500 E. Duarte Rd.
Duarte, CA 91010

Mon - Fri 8 a.m.to 6 p.m.
Phone: 626-301-8497
Fax: 626-357-1929
Library Training and Events
Library announcements and updates from the Graff Library Blog.
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