Library Policies

Access Policy

The primary clientele of the Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library are the students, educators, researchers, and clinicians of the Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Services and resources are extended to a few other groups. All of our clientele are welcome to use the Health Sciences Library during our staffed hours. After the staffed hours, the Library is closed and only individuals with active CUIMC IDs have swipe-card access.

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Borrowing and Fines Policy

To borrow materials from the Health Sciences Library, valid identification from one of the institutions listed on our access policy is required. However, access privileges do not guarantee borrowing privileges. Please contact the Library to ensure that you have borrowing privileges

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Gift and Donation Policy

The Health Sciences Library selectively accepts print, a/v and electronic materials according to its subject profile

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Food and Drink Policy

To provide clean, pleasant, and sustainable spaces to members of the Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library. Our goal is to have an environment that is conducive to studying, minimizes distractions, and can be enjoyed equally by all Library members – current and future.

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Interlibrary Loan Policy

Any current Columbia University Irving Medical Center student, faculty or staff member may request items not owned by Columbia University or any of the Borrow Direct institutions through the Health Sciences Library Interlibrary Loan Office.

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Space Use Policy

The Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library strives to provide clean and pleasant spaces to our visitors. Our goal is to have a sustainable environment that is conducive to scholarly efforts, minimizes distractions, and can be enjoyed equally by all Library visitors – current and future. This requires that we exercise care in monitoring the use of spaces we oversee.

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Course Reserves Policy

Information for faculty on setting up course reserves and information for students on using course reserves materials.

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