Book Borrowing Policy

Learn about borrowing library materials from the Health Sciences Library including information about eligibility, library cards, loan times, renewals and recalls. 

Getting a Library Card

All Upstate ID holders are eligible for a library card with borrowing privileges to all Library collections and must complete the Library card application and provide current address and contact information.  Upstate ID serves as Library card and is required when completing Library card application. 

All non-Upstate individuals are eligible for a library card with borrowing privileges from the Health & Wellness collection and must complete the Library card application and provide current address and contact information. 

Special borrowing privileges are extended to those with Professional courtesy, Consortium for Culture and Medicine students, VA/Upstate dual appointment, and Voluntary Faculty status. Direct all inquiries to library@upstate.edu or call 315-464-7091.

Loan Times

Standard loan times are:

2 hour loans 1 renewal Closed Reserves
4 day loans 1 renewal Journals
1 week loans 1 renewal Media
3 week loans 1 renewal Book Collections
Semester loans* 1 renewal

* Upstate faculty and staff are entitled to borrow books from the main book collection for one semester, with the condition to return the book if requested by another customer.

Renewals

Renewals of Library materials may be done in person or by calling the library services desk at 315-464-7091.  Renewals are granted only if no other customers are waiting for the item.

Renewals of Library materials obtained through interlibrary loan are done at the discretion of the lending library and may be requested by calling 315-464-5116.

Recalls

All borrowed materials are subject to recall. These materials must be returned promptly when recalled for a course reserve or another customer. Borrowing privileges may be suspended if materials are not returned when recalled.

Closed Reserve Collection

Reserve items must be used within the library unless being checked out at closing for overnight use.

  • There is a two-hour loan time for closed reserves.
  • Customers can check out items for overnight use one hour before closing and must be returned the following day one hour after opening.
  • Media closed reserve items are available to faculty, students and staff for special show dates and may be checked out one week in advance of the show date.
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