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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. 

Resource Borrowing Period Resource Notes
Books 28 days 1 renewal
Journals 3 days 1 renewal
Computers 2 hours Longer borrowing periods can be accommodated during service hours.
Chargers 2 hours Longer borrowing periods can be accommodated during service hours.
Headphones 2 hours Longer borrowing periods can be accommodated during service hours.
Recorders for Cooke and Nevins Auditorium 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 Fines and Fees 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: if you need further assistance.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

In order to obtain articles 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 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 a document ordering system which allows users to request and obtain articles, book chapters, proceedings and more.  

Document Delivery is open to users who do not have an active NYMC login. Current NYMC students, residents, faculty and staff should use ILLiad for interlibrary loan and document delivery requests. Take advantage of our large collection of health science related resources for your research needs!

For more information about Document Delivery, view our libguide here. Please contact Access Services at (914) 594-4200 or email with any questions regarding Document Delivery.

Room 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 room, follow these simple steps:


  1. Go to the library's homepage.
  2. Click on the Services tab in the navbar.
  3. Click on the Room Reservations link in the drop-down menu.
  4. Choose the type of room you would like to book (study room or classroom).
  5. Click an open (green) time slot.
  6. Click on the Submit Times button.
  7. Read the terms and conditions and click on the Continue button.
  8. Fill out the booking form.
  9. A confirmation email will be sent to the address that you provide. You must click on the link provided in the email to confirm or cancel your booking.


In Person or Over the Phone

  1. Go to the Access Services desk or call (914) 594-4200.
  2. Explain which room and what time you would like. 
  3. Provide your name, email, and barcode number.
  4. A confirmation email will be sent to the email address that you provide. You must click on the link provided in the email to confirm or cancel your booking.