About the Centre

Library Services

The Neuro-​Patient Resource Cen­tre is located in Room 354 of The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital). We have an excel­lent col­lec­tion of books on neu­ro­log­i­cal and neu­ro­sur­gi­cal prob­lems writ­ten in easy to under­stand lan­guage. We lend these books to MUHC patients and their fam­i­lies. Three items may be bor­rowed at a time. We also have pam­phlets and arti­cles on neu­ro­log­i­cal prob­lems includ­ing rare dis­or­ders of the ner­vous sys­tem. (Learn more about our loans policy.)

The Cen­tre has com­put­ers with inter­net and email access for the use of the Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital) patients and their fam­i­lies. If you want assis­tance the med­ical librar­ian or one of our vol­un­teers will help you.

By using our Health Infor­ma­tion and Patient Infor­ma­tion data­base you can get infor­ma­tion on neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­eases and their diag­nos­tic tests and treat­ments either by using our A-​Z list or by enter­ing key­words in the search box. You will find def­i­n­i­tions, hos­pi­tal pro­duced doc­u­ments, com­mu­nity resources, links to good qual­ity resources on the inter­net and a list of books avail­able at the Neuro-​Patient Resource Centre.

Info-Neuro Reference Service

We have many links to high qual­ity health infor­ma­tion. Sub­jects include the brain and nerves, ill­nesses, com­mu­nity resources, and more. Click here to visit the health infor­ma­tion sec­tion.

If you can’t find what you’re look­ing for, ask the librar­ian. We will be happy to do research for you. We can find the infor­ma­tion you need online and in books. We also cre­ate plain Eng­lish sum­maries of med­ical jour­nal arti­cles. We then either email you the answer or print it out for you. This ser­vice is avail­able in per­son (room 354 at the Neuro), by tele­phone (514−398−5358), or infoneuro [at] muhc.mcgill.ca (subject: Reference%20question) (by email). Pri­or­ity is given to MUHC patients and fam­ily members.

You can also ask the librar­ian a ques­tion online — click here to con­tinue.

Hours and Location

Mon­day through Fri­day: 9:00 am — 4:00 pm, 
Sat­ur­day and Sun­day: closed

Neuro-​Patient Resource Cen­tre
The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital), Room 354
3801 Uni­ver­sity Street
Mon­treal, Que­bec, H3Z 2B4
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Park­ing: There are numer­ous street park­ing options avail­able:
The Royal Vic­to­ria Hos­pi­tal park­ing fee is 24$, how­ever there is also park­ing avail­able at the Mol­son site for a McGill park­ing fee of 20$. Click here for our page describ­ing all park­ing options.

(514) 398‑5358

(514) 398‑5275

infoneuro [at] muhc.mcgill.ca

Our Staff

Sabrina Burr Librarian
Natasha Williamson Grad­u­ate Assistant

Patient's Committee

The Patients’ Com­mit­tee, which con­sists of a major­ity of patients and for­mer patients, advises the hospital’s admin­is­tration and other hos­pi­tal com­mit­tees of the patients’ points of view. They act as the patients’ voice on health care and the ser­vices pro­vided. They also inform you of your rights and respon­si­bilities as a patient.

Contact: 514-934-1934 ext. 31968


The Neuro Patient Resource Cen­tre was founded in 1999 by mem­bers of The Neuro Patients’ Com­mit­tee who saw an increas­ing need for patients and their fam­i­lies to be able to find reli­able neu­ro­log­i­cal health information.

Since it opened, the Cen­tre has been staffed by pro­fes­sional librar­i­ans spe­cial­ized in health care infor­ma­tion. Their work has been sup­ported by the Centre’s con­sumer health web­site which is designed to help patients and their fam­i­lies find good infor­ma­tion. Our librar­i­ans, with the encour­age­ment of the Hos­pi­tal Admin­is­tra­tion and assisted by the Centre’s Advi­sory Com­mit­tee (an extra­or­di­nary group of health-​care pro­fes­sion­als and active vol­un­teers), ensure that every­one using the Cen­tre is offered first-​class library and ref­er­ence services.

We have always worked closely with the health-​care pro­fes­sion­als in the Hos­pi­tal to assist write, trans­late and print patient infor­ma­tion for our patients. The Cen­tre also helps orga­nize work­shops, sem­i­nars, and sup­port groups.

Thanks to the gen­eros­ity of the Friends of the Neuro, we estab­lished and con­tinue to develop our Nancy Pit­field Col­lec­tion. This includes hun­dreds of consumer-​health books, pam­phlets, arti­cles and videos. The Friends also made it pos­si­ble for us to offer patients and their fam­i­lies a small oasis in the Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital) – they ensure that the Resource Cen­tre is well equipped and taste­fully dec­o­rated so that it is best able to answer the needs of our patients, their fam­i­lies and of the com­mu­nity in general.

Start-​up money sup­port for the Cen­tre came from the Friends of the Neuro, the McConnell Fam­ily Foun­da­tion, the MUHC Foun­da­tion, and the Neuro Patients’ Com­mit­tee, as well as many indi­vid­ual donors. Since then we have been for­tu­nate to receive finan­cial assis­tance from the Mon­treal Neu­ro­log­i­cal Hos­pi­tal and the McGill Uni­ver­sity Health Cen­tre. We are most grate­ful to the MUHC Foun­da­tion, which has over­seen the busi­ness side of our oper­a­tion since 2002 and for the con­tin­u­ing sup­port of the Friends of the Neuro, the Neuro Patients’ Com­mit­tee, The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital), and from our indi­vid­ual donors.

Make a Donation

To make a dona­tion you may:

1. Use our online dona­tion form (Giv­ing to the Neuro)


2. Mail or Fax your dona­tion to:
Neuro Devel­op­ment Office
The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital)
380l Uni­ver­sity Street
Mon­treal, Que­bec H3A 2B4
Fax: 514−398−8072

If pay­ing my cheque, please be sure to make the cheque out to the order of The Neuro. You may write “Neuro-​Patient Resource Cen­tre” in the memo area. We can­not accept cheques made out to the order of the Neuro-​Patient Resource Cen­tre. Here is an example:

cheque en 2


3. By Tele­phone:
Call Gio­vanna Caraffa, Neuro-​Development Office at 514−398−8825

Please note that your dona­tion is for the Neuro-​Patient Resource Cen­tre.
Donors receive a tax receipt from McGill Uni­ver­sity, Char­i­ta­ble # 11912 – 8981-​RR0001.

Disclaimer Information

Impor­tant. Mate­ri­als pro­vided by the Resource Cen­tre are for edu­ca­tional pur­poses only, they are not intended to replace the advice or instruc­tion of a pro­fes­sional health­care prac­ti­tioner, or to sub­sti­tute for med­ical care.

If you have any fur­ther ques­tions regard­ing infor­ma­tion you obtained from sources accessed through this ser­vice, please con­tact a qual­i­fied health­care prac­ti­tioner. Eval­u­at­ing the mer­its of health infor­ma­tion should always involve the assis­tance of a trusted health­care prac­ti­tioner who is famil­iar with your health his­tory, and who can bring exper­tise and expe­ri­ence to bear on your sit­u­a­tion. Beware that gen­eral infor­ma­tion regard­ing health and dis­ease is not always appro­pri­ate when applied to indi­vid­ual cases. Resource Cen­tre per­son­nel are not trained to inter­pret health information.

Infor­ma­tion pro­vided by the Resource Cen­tre does not imply endorse­ment or rec­om­men­da­tion by the Mon­treal Neu­ro­log­i­cal Hos­pi­tal, the Patients’ Com­mit­tee, its affil­i­ates, or individuals.

Our fund­ing is pro­vided by the McGill Uni­ver­sity Health Cen­tre (MUHC), the Mon­treal Neu­ro­log­i­cal Insti­tute and Hos­pi­tal, the Friends of the Neuro, the MUHC Users’ Com­mit­tee and non-​corporate pri­vate donors.

Privacy and Advertising Information

Privacy Policy

The Neuro-​Patient Resource Cen­tre pro­vides this site as a pub­lic ser­vice. We do not col­lect per­sonal infor­ma­tion about you when you visit the web site. If you choose to con­tact us by e-​mail, or respond to an on-​line sur­vey, we will only main­tain the infor­ma­tion as long as needed to respond to your mes­sage or to ful­fill the stated pur­pose of com­mu­ni­ca­tion. Your per­sonal infor­ma­tion will only be given to a third party if it is neces­si­tated by your request for spe­cific infor­ma­tion. These third par­ties are held to strict poli­cies to safe­guard the infor­ma­tion and pro­vide the same level of pri­vacy pro­tec­tion as the Neuro-​Patient Resource Cen­tre and as are out­lined in the McGill Uni­ver­sity Health Cen­tre Code of Ethics .

This site uses Google Ana­lyt­ics in an effort to con­tin­u­ously improve it. For more infor­ma­tion on the con­fi­den­tial­ity rules rel­a­tive to using Google Ana­lystics please click here: https://​sup​port​.google​.com/​a​n​a​l​y​t​i​c​s​/​a​n​s​w​e​r​/​6​0​0​4​2​4​5​?​h​l

The Neuro-​Patient Resource Cen­tre col­lects sta­tis­ti­cal infor­ma­tion from the web site. We col­lect, tem­porar­ily, the IP address from which you access the Inter­net, the date and time, the Inter­net address of the web site from which you linked directly to the site, the name of the file or the words you searched and the browser used to access the site. This infor­ma­tion is used to deter­mine the num­ber and the geo­graph­i­cal loca­tion of vis­i­tors to the site. We mon­i­tor query words to help us improve the effec­tive­ness of the web site.

In an effort to help vis­i­tors to the web site access qual­ity health infor­ma­tion we pro­vide links to other Inter­net sites. Once you have linked to another site you are sub­ject to the pri­vacy pol­icy of that new site.

Advertising Policy

This site does not dis­play com­mer­cial advertising.

The Neuro-​Patient Resource Cen­tre does not receive fund­ing for web­site adver­tis­ing. Exter­nal resources (sites to which we pro­vide a link) may con­tain adver­tis­ing. How­ever, this has no influ­ence on the con­tent of our site and we do not receive rev­enue from these sources.

Contact Us


The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital)
3801 Uni­ver­sity Street, Room 354 Mon­treal, Que­bec H3A 2B4 Canada
infoneuro [at] muhc.mcgill.ca
(514) 398‑5358

If you have a ques­tion, con­tact our librar­ian, Sabrina Burr, at the email address above or use the following contact form.

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