Patient & Family Resource Centre

The Patient & Family Resource Centre is a health information library. It’s free to use by patients, families and anyone in our community. You can borrow books, attend education classes, consult a librarian, and more! Our friendly services can help you take care of your health and make informed decisions.



Once registered, anyone can borrow from our resource centre.

Search our catalogue now.

Loan Periods

  • Books – 2 weeks
  • Models – 1 week
  • Videos and tapes – 1 week

Ask a librarian

If you’re looking for information, our staff are here to help! Our friendly and professional staff will find up-to-date and reliable information. Don’t hesitate to ask if you need more information on:

  • specific diseases and conditions
  • medical/surgical tests and procedures
  • prescription drugs or treatments
  • local support groups
  • finding a family doctor or specialist


Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the information you find online? You’re not alone! Our staff can train you to evaluate what you find online.

We can also teach you how to use any of the resources from our collection.

Book a training session by calling 416-242-1000 x81200.

If you need help finding a family doctor, you can:

Search on your own for a family doctor

Humber River Hospital keeps a list of family doctors affiliated with our hospital who are accepting new patients.

Check the list here.

Use Health Care Connect

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care can help you find a family doctor. Register for the Health Care Connect program by calling 1-800-445-1822.

Find options for immediate care

If it is an emergency, call 911.

If you need medical care while you wait to find a family doctor, you can visit a walk-in clinic. You can also call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000. You can get health advice or general health information from a registered nurse.

If you don’t have an OHIP card, you can visit a Community Health Centre.

Our publications cover many topics. You’ll find information about preparing for your hospital stay, and how to care for yourself at home. You’ll also find information about disease and treatments.

These publications are not a substitute for medical advice. Always consult with your doctor before making a decision about your health care.

Some materials are available in other languages. View a list of our multilingual resources:

Hungarian Italian Russian Spanish Vietnamese

You can also find a list of web resources in our database.