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POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR THE DIVISION OF PUBLIC SERVICES
All visitors to the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library (LSHSL) must present a valid University ID or other valid photo identification (i.e. driver’s license, Consortium ID, employee ID). Once the information has been checked and verified by the security officer, the visitor will be permitted to proceed into the library.
Children under age 15 are NOT allowed in the library. Children 15-18 must be accompanied by an adult at entrance and while in the library. Exceptions: young persons participating in library tours or University sponsored educational programs are admitted and accompanied at all times by an authorized university official, children of HU personnel based in the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library building are admitted per current university policy in this regard. No food, outside of the student lounge, is allowed in the library. Water is allowed in the Study and in the Problem Based Learning Rooms, but there is to be no food. Patrons are allowed to eat in the student lounge (room 144) located on the first floor of the library. No weapons, firearms, animals or other pets are allowed
After 5 p.m.,
use of the facilities is limited to health sciences students (medicine,
dentistry, pharmacy, nursing and allied health), graduate students,
faculty and staff. Undergraduate students other than health sciences,
are expected to use the Undergraduate Library or the appropriate
branch related to their area of study.
Currently enrolled Howard University students, faculty and staff receive borrowing privileges via a barcode attached to an HU ID Card. HU Alumni have access to onsite use of the library only. The library has access to the catalogs of Chesapeake Information & Research Library Alliance (CIRLA) –Howard University, Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Smithsonian Institution, University of Delaware, and University of Maryland.
Barcodes are issued at the Access Services Desk on the First Floor of the LSHSL.HU faculty, staff and students must present a valid university ID in order to borrow materials. Others may inquire at the Access Services Desk about acquiring Special Borrowing Privileges.
All circulating materials at the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library are charged out at the Circulation Desk on the First Floor. Books may be returned there or in the book drop outside the library or at any of the other Howard University Library locations. Access services bills for late returns and lost items. Access Services offers library reserve services including processing and circulation of library and personal reserve materials.
BASIC CIRCULATION POLICIES AND FINES
RESERVES FINES AND CHARGES
for a room at the Circulation Desk if you wish to use a room.
PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING (PBL) ROOMS
The LSHSL media collections, including, audio, video and Kaplan tapes are housed on the first floor of the library. Television/VCR player and Headphones are also available for in-house use. A viewing room is available (the Dr. J. Kaplan Multimedia and Presentation Room located on the first floor (Room 119). Patrons wishing to use this equipment should inquire at the Access Services Desk
The Reserve Collection is composed of high demand materials which require restricted usage. Faculty may make specific materials available to their students by placing them on reserve at the Access Services Desk. Reserves are checked out for two hours and must be used in the Library. Some reserves may be checked out overnight or for three-day or one week- periods at the faculty’s discretion. A Reserve Collection shelf-list will be compiled andmaintained by Access Services Department.
The LSHSL strives to maintain a comprehensive collection on African-American health related issues including practitioners and conditions and on the Howard University Division of Health Sciences. The collection also serves as a permanent repository for special studies and statistics by and about Blacks in the health field on national and international level. The collection includes:
The library provides reference assistance in the use of its collections and assists in the use of other resources. The Special Collections Room provides a secure and controlled environment for the display and use of special collections.
A Reference Librarian will provide access to Special Collections materials from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. I.D. is required.
Suggestions for acquisitions can be made by contacting the Senior Collection Management Librarian at (202) 884-1533 or firstname.lastname@example.org
INTERLIBRARY LOAN (ILL)
Howard University faculty, students and staff may use Interlibrary Loan to gain access to library research materials, not available in the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library or online. Requests may be submitted by telephone, fax, or through email at email@example.com. ILL request forms are available at the Access/Reference Services Desks located on the first floor. Urgent requests will usually involve a fee. Please contact the ILL department at (202) 884-1507or email at firstname.lastname@example.org to determine what fees apply to your request. Fees include any charges incurred by the loaning library and are consistent with those of other academic institutions.
Journal Materials within one hour $25.00
All microform, including microfilm, microfiche collections are housed on the Second Floor in metal cabinets. The microfiche readers/copiers are located on the First Floor, behind the copying machine. Identify your micro fiche on the Second Floor and take it down to the microfiche readers/copiers on the First Floor. Please contact library staff for assistance.