If have you any questions regarding the library policies, please feel free to contact us.

 

Admittance

  • The Health Sciences Library provides resources, service and study space mainly for the UCF College of Medicine (COM) students, faculty, and staff.
  • The library is open to UCF students, faculty, and staff as well as community users for medical research during public operating hours. Library users who are not affiliated with the UCF COM may access the library by checking in at the COM reception desk located on the first floor and receiving a visitors badge. A valid photo ID is required. Guests MUST display their visitors badge on them at all times.
  • Patrons who are not affiliated with the UCF College of Medicine are allowed in the Library Commons and Quiet Room areas, and can use the public computer workstations, printer, and photocopier.
  • After public operating hours the library entrance doors will be locked. Only COM students, faculty and staff, as well as BSBS graduate and PhD students will be able to access the library after public operating hours with their UCF COM ID cards.
  • The library is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Do not leave personal belongings unattended at any time.
  • Professional and respectful behavior is expected at all times in the Health Sciences Library. Any violations of the policies will be brought to the attention of Student Affairs and UCF Police.
  • The library reserves the right to ask anyone to leave who is disrupting the study atmosphere of the library or the work of other library users. Disruptive behavior includes, but is not limited to: creating excessive noise, harassment of others, odor constituting a nuisance or health and safety concern, and behavior that disturbs users or staff and interferes with the use of the facility. Please report disruptive behavior to the Front Desk.

 

Borrowing & Returning Materials

Borrowing Materials

  • A valid UCF ID Card is required to access online resources and borrow materials from the Health Sciences Library. The following user groups can check out library materials:
  • Currently enrolled UCF students
  • Currently employed UCF faculty/staff
  • Volunteer and affiliated COM faculty
  • UCF COM students, faculty and staff have no limit on the number of items which may be checked out from the Health Sciences general collection at any time. Reserve materials cannot be checked out or taken outside of the library.
  • UCF students who are not enrolled in the COM program cannot check out materials that are listed as required texts for any UCF course.
  • A library account needs to be activated in order to borrow library materials and to access many electronic resources. Contact the front desk at the Health Sciences Library at 407.266.1400. The library account activation request can also be submitted online at medlibrary@ucf.edu

Returning Materials

  • Library books may be returned to the Health Sciences Library front desk during operating hours, or can be returned at any of the UCF Libraries locations.
  • All technology equipment (i.e. iPads, laptops, charging devices) MUST be returned to the Health Sciences Library front desk during public operating hours.
  • An overdue item in your library account will cause the suspension of library privileges. A patron with overdue items will not be able to check out or renew library materials at all UCF Libraries until those materials are returned to the library.

 

Loan Periods

Circulating Collection

  • General Collection- 21 days
  • History of Medicine Collection- 21 days

Library Technology & Equipment

  • Headphones- 24 hrs.
  • Apple USB chargers- 24 hrs.
  • Apple Lightning chargers- 24 hrs.
  • Apple extension cords- 24 hrs.
  • Dell laptop chargers- 24 hrs.
  • iPad mini- 21 days
  • iPad: 1st, 2nd, & 3rd generations- 21 days
  • Training iPad- 3 days
  • Kindle Fire tablet- 21 days
  • Nook Color tablet- 21 days
  • Asus Transformer tablet- 21 days
  • Nexus 7 tablet- 21 days
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 tablet- 21 days
  • Dell training laptops- 21 days
  • Macbook Pro laptops- 21 days

Other Equipment

  • Rolling Whiteboard- 24 hrs.
  • Lounge Chairs- 24 hrs.

Holds

  • If you need to use a library material that has been taken out, you can place a hold on the item online through your Library Catalog account.

Recalls

  • All library materials are subject to recall after 3 weeks and must be returned when requested. Borrowers are notified by telephone, email, or mail that another person has requested an item that they currently have check out. Until Library materials are returned, they are the responsibility of the borrower. The Recall Notice will specify the new due date.
  • If you receive a Recall Notice, please return the recalled material(s) immediately. Recalled materials may not be renewed.

Renewals

  • You can renew library materials you checked out either online through the Library Catalog or at the Health Sciences Library front desk. You can also request for renewal by phone at 407.266.1400. You will be asked to provide your UCF ID card number.
  • Some library materials are not allowed for renewal.
  • Recalled materials are not allowed for renewal.

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Electronic Resources

  • Electronic resources (e-textbooks, e-journals, databases) are available to all current UCF students, faculty and staff on and off campus. In order to access electronic resources off campus, a valid UCF ID is required to login.
  • Community patrons have access to the library’s electronic resources on campus at one of the public workstations.
  • Certain electronic resources are restricted only to COM students, full-time faculty, and staff. For more information on access to electronic resources, contact the library at 407.266.1400 or medlibrary@ucf.edu

 

Interlibrary Loan Services (ILL)

  • Interlibrary Loan services through the Health Sciences Library can be used by all faculty, active volunteer faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students at the UCF College of Medicine. For more information on ILL services, please visit the Interlibrary Loan webpage.

 

Library Equipment & Study Spaces

  • Conference rooms, small group learning rooms, laptops, iPads, iPod Touch and any supporting equipment for library devices are reserved exclusively for the use of COM and BSBS students, faculty, and staff.

 

Public Computer Workstations

  • The Health Sciences Library has 6 public workstations available for use by students, faculty, staff, and community patrons.
  • Library public computers are provided for University-related work or research, as well as for use of library electronic resources. Any viewing or downloading of pornography, overtly sexual materials, or other materials that could be considered offensive or harassing to others is prohibited.
  • The complete university policy statement can be found in the UCF Academic Affairs website.

 

Printers & Photocopiers

  • The printer in the library space can be used by library patrons to perform the following tasks:
  • Print jobs from the public workstations in the library.
  • Scan documents to a USB drive.
  • Make photocopies of documents that cannot otherwise be performed at the student printers.
  • While it is possible to print from the public computers, the library staff does ask that patrons be mindful of their paper usage. In the interest of being “green”, if you have a particularly large print job, please consider emailing the job to yourself or saving it to a thumb drive for printing or viewing at another time.
  • The printer in the library should not or cannot be used in the following ways:
  • The printer cannot print jobs from student laptops.
  • Documents cannot be faxed.
  • Library books and textbooks should not be photocopied in their entirety, as this violates copyright.

 

Mobile Phones

  • Mobile phones must be set to a non-audible signal.
  • Short conversations may be made while in the library commons area, but please move outside of the library to conduct long mobile conversations.

 

Food & Drinks

  • Food in covered containers are permitted in the library.
  • All drinks entering the library must have cover or lid.
  • As a courtesy to other patrons, food with strong odors are not permitted in the library. Tables are available throughout the COM campus for patrons to eat.
  • All patrons must clean up after themselves.
  • Patrons must clean up any crumbs, spills and discard trash in trash receptacles that are located throughout the library.

 

Tobacco, Alcohol, & Other Substances

  • Smoking or use of electric cigarettes or any tobacco product in any library facility and on the College of Medicine campus is prohibited (Official UCF Policy).
  • Bringing, possessing, or use of any alcohol or illegal drugs or substances within any library facility is prohibited.
  • Displaying overt signs of alcohol or substance abuse is prohibited and may be reported to the UCF Police.

 

Book Donations

  • The Health Sciences Library is 98% electronic with the goal of being 100% electronic. To further our goal, we are no longer accepting donations of print books. We recommend reaching out to a medical organization of your choice who is currently accepting book donations.
  • Organizations that may be interested in book donations include the following:
    • American Medical Student Association
      1902 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191
      Phone: (703) 620-6600/ Fax: (703) 620-5873