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Isaac Ray Library

The Isaac Ray Library at Butler Hospital maintains an up-to-date collection of print and electronic resources and provides services in support of the hospital's clinical, research and educational programs.

The library also serves the community-at-large by assisting patients and their families when they need reliable health information.


Over 3000 titles can be checked out by any Butler staff or requested by any HELIN Library card holder. Generally 28-day checkout with one 28-day renewal. Borrowers are billed $100 per item not returned.


62 current print subscriptions for browsing. Hundreds of electronic journals also via Journals@Butler.

Isaac Ray Collection

Butler’s Historical Library includes the papers of Isaac Ray, MD, Butler’s first president, and a general historical collection. Isaac Ray, MD (1807-1881) served as Butler’s first president, 1845 – 1867. He was one of the thirteen original founding members of the Association of Medical Superintendents of American Institutions of the Insane, now known as the American Psychiatric Association.

The papers of Isaac Ray include:

Books, Correspondence, Journals, Photographs and Miscellaneous items.

Historical Collection

Papers of Butler presidents 1844-1955, Papers of the Butler Hospital Training School for Nurses 1896-1942, Annual reports Butler Hospital 1844, Annual reports – assorted U.S. and European hospitals (mid 1800’s to early 900’s),Books –published prior to 1900,Journals,American Journal of Insanity 1844-1899,Journals published prior to 1900,Reprints of individual articles published prior to 1900 and photographs.

Online Resources

The following licensed online resources are available for your use. Please remember use is restricted to Butler Hospital staff, employees, and students on rotation and can be accessed onsite through CAREnet.

  • ADA Nutrition Care Manual.
  • Advisory Board.
  • Brown U. Library.
  • Brown U. Medical Connections.
  • HELIN Library Catalog.
  • Joint Commission Online Manual.
  • Journals @ Butler.
  • MD Consult.
  • MedlinePlus.
  • Micromedex.
  • NEJM.
  • OVID.
  • PubMed.
  • UpToDate.
  • Zynx.


Document Delivery - Free work-related support, Books and journal articles, Onsite access to electronic resources, Pub Med links to full text available, “Interlibrary loan” via local and national electronic resource-sharing networks, ILL requests accepted via phone, fax and email.  

Reference -  Assistance with locating books, journal, and other resources. Assistance with formulation of e-resource search strategies.  

Information Skills - Training Group/individual library orientation and Individualized literature search coaching, one-on-one. 

Presentation Support/Equipment - Generic login workstations, Butler login workstation, Free photocopies and Printer.