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Health Sciences Library Policies and Procedures

Borrowing Library Items

To check out or renew items from the library, go to the Access Services desk. 

NOTE: As the library moves through the various phases of reopening due to COVID-19, you can borrow books only by placing them on hold and then picking them up at the Access Services desk. For more information on how to place a book on hold, consult our FAQ here.

Resource Borrowing Period Resources Notes
Books 28 days 1 renewal
Journals 3 days 1 renewal
Computers 1 day Longer borrowing periods can be accommodated during services hours.
Chargers 1 day Longer borrowing periods can be accommodated during services hours.
Headphones 2 hours Longer borrowing periods can be accommodated during services hours.
Recorders for Cooke and Nevins Auditoriums Overnight
Reserve Collection Varies: Access Services will provide you with specifics when you request the item.  

*Circulation of journals is subject to current policies or restrictions.

Overdue items will incur a fee. See our Fines policy for more information. If you have any further questions, go to the Access Services desk or call (914) 594-4200.

Renewing Library Items

You have two ways to renew borrowed items:

  • In Person
  1. Visit or call ((914) 594-4200) the Access Services desk.
  2. Give them your name and the name of the library item/barcode of the library item you're renewing.
  3. They will process the renewal and give you the new due date.
  • Remotely
  1. Go to NYMCat and log into your library account at the lower-right hand corner of the page.
    • NOTE: If you've forgotten your username and/or password, please visit or call Access Services to have them reset it for you.
  2. In the "your summary" tab, select the item you wish to renew.
  3. Click on the "Renew Selected" button, or, if you are renewing everything you've currently checked out, click on "Renew All" button.
  4. The new due date(s) should now appear in the Due column.

NOTE: Books obtained via interlibrary loan can be renewed by calling the ILL department at (914) 594-4200 before the due date.  Renewals are approved at the discretion of the lending library.

Placing an Item on Reserve

Faculty requesting materials to be placed on reserve for a course are required to fill out a reserve request form. The form is available online here. Contact Marta Ambroziak via phone: (914) 594-4204 or via email: marta_ambroziak@nymc.edu if you need further assistance.

Interlibrary Loan and Scan on Demand

In order to obtain articles or book chapters from our print collection or those that the library does not own, you must place your request through ILLiad, an electronic system used for Interlibrary Loan services. To learn more about Interlibrary Loan, check out our guide here.  

Please contact Access Services at 914-594-4200 or email hsl_nymc@nymc.edu with any additional questions regarding Interlibrary Loan.

Document Delivery

Are you looking for scholarly health information but don't have access to a medical library? Our Document Delivery service can help!

Document Delivery is open to all users. Please use ILLiad, our document delivery system to request articles or book chapters. We will obtain from our collection or order on your behalf from our partner libraries and deliver to your e-mail. Take advantage of our large collection of health science related resources for your research needs!

Please contact Access Services at (914) 594-4200 or email hsl_nymc@nymc.edu with any questions regarding Document Delivery.

Space Reservations

Faculty and large groups can reserve the Main Library's classrooms in two hour periods with approval from the library director. Otherwise it is open for quiet study. Rooms 108 and 109 are located on the main level in the back of the library. Room 108 seats approximately 10 people. It has 8 student computers and one instructor computer, which is connected to the television monitor at the front of the room. Room 109 seats approximately 25 people and has one computer connected to an LCD projector.

In the Main Library, three rooms are available for group study or meetings and may be booked no more than 24 hours in advance for up to two hours at a time. Rooms 106 and Room 107 are located on the main level in the back of the library. Room B104 is located at the back of the lower level of the library.

More study rooms are available to reserve in the Skyline Library. Booking limitations for the Skyline study rooms are the same as those applied to the Main Library study rooms.

To reserve a space in the library:

  1. On the library homepage, click on the Seat Reservations tab in the top navbar.
  2. Choose where you want to reserve a space from the options in the drop-down menu.
    • NOTE: Spaces are also available in the MEC mods and the BSB student lounge. If you have any issues with these spaces, please contact Facilities at (914) 594-4588.
  3. If you choose the Main Library/Skyline Library option, click on the Reserve button. Otherwise, you can skip to step 6.
  4. Set the filters at the top of the page.
    • Location: where you want to book a space (e.g. Main Library)
    • Zone: the section within the location where you want to book a space (e.g. Front Reading Room)
    • Category: what type of space you want to book (e.g. individual seats)
    • Capacity: how many people the space can comfortably fit
  5. Click on the "Show Availability" button.
  6. Click on the timeslot(s) that you want to reserve the room for.
  7. Click the Submit Times button.
  8. Read and review the Terms & Conditions of the room and click the Continue button.
  9. Complete the booking form and click the Submit my Booking button.
  10. The system will send you a confirmation email containing your check in/check out code as well as a link to cancel should you need it.