Library Guide

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July 31, 2017 – September 1, 2017

Monday – Friday:  8:00AM-6:00PM
Saturday:  11:00AM-5:00PM
Sunday:  1:00PM – 5:00PM

Saturday, September 2, 2017: CLOSED

Sunday, September 3, 2017: CLOSED

September 4, 2017 – December 8, 2017

Monday – Friday:  8:00AM-6:00PM
Saturday:  Closed
Sunday:   1:00PM – 5:00PM

December 9, 2017 – December 20, 2017

Monday – Friday:  8:00AM-5:00PM
Saturday:  Closed
Sunday:  1:00PM – 5:00PM


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Reference Services:

Reference librarians are available from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday, to assist faculty, staff and students of the School of Medicine and local health care practitioners. Requests are accepted online, by mail, by telephone to (803) 216-3213, or on a walk-in basis. They should come directly from the person requesting the service whenever possible. Experience has proven that direct communication between the requestor and the librarian gives the most efficient and satisfactory results.

Information services offered include those in the following categories:

  • Answers to factual questions where no interpretation of information is required.
  • Assistance in locating materials through the use of the online catalog, the list of print periodicals held by Columbia area health science libraries, and the E-journals web page.
  • Assistance in identifying authoritative web sites with quality content.
  • Instruction in the use of local databases.
  • Computerized bibliographic search services.
  • Assistance in verification of citations for bibliographies and for interlibrary loan requests.
  • Orientation tours for individuals and groups; class presentations.

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The general public is welcome to use School of Medicine Library resources onsite.  Borrowing privileges (in-person checkout) are extended to the following individuals:

  • School of Medicine faculty, students, and staff
  • School of Medicine alumni
  • USC faculty, students, and staff
  • South Carolina healthcare providers (documentation required)
  • Center for Disability Resources (CDR) professionals or family members (NOTE: only CDR materials may be checked out)
  • Medical residents or fellows (documentation required)
  • SOM Library Circle of Friends members

NOTE: Materials must be checked out in person.  Items will not be mailed unless ordered through Interlibrary Loan (there is a charge for this service).

Attorneys, law offices, and general S.C. residents are not permitted to borrow materials. However, they may request books through Interlibrary Loan.

Materials that may be borrowed:

  • JOURNALS - for one day (date-to-date). No journal issue circulates for the first 30 days after receipt unless it is not the most recent issue, as in the case of weeklies.
  • BOOKS and CONTINUATIONS - for two weeks.
  • RESERVE MATERIALS - overnight, from one hour before closing to one hour after opening the next day.


Journals, books, and continuations may be renewed if another person has not requested the material. Renewals are accepted by telephone (216-3200), in person, or by e-mail sent to

A "HOLD" may be placed on materials that are checked out.

When the material is returned to the library, the person placing the request will be notified and the material will remain at the circulation desk for three days from the date of notification. If the material is not checked out during this time, it will be returned to the collection.

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Reserve Materials

The purpose of placing materials on reserve is to ensure availability. Any faculty member of the School of Medicine may place material on reserve each semester for student use. This should be done at least two weeks before the material is to be made available. Materials will be removed from reserve at the end of each semester unless otherwise specified.

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Overdue Materials

  1. Fines for overdue journals, books, and continuations: When library material is overdue, an overdue notice will be sent. If the material is not returned to the library within seven days from the date on the notice, a fine of $.25 a day will be charged and a second notice is sent. The maximum fine for any overdue item is $5.25 (this maximum fine does not apply to charges for "lost/damaged books").
  2. Fines for reserve materials: $.25 per half hour.
  3. Borrowers are responsible for the cost of replacement of any lost or damaged item.
  4. A receipt will be given to the person paying a fine or the cost of lost material.

NOTE: Circulation policies apply equally to all users; privileges may be withdrawn upon failure to adhere to these policies.

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Printing/Photocopying/Scanning Services

The Library has two multifunction devices located in the computer pods on the first floor.  School of Medicine students use their SOM IDs to print, photocopy, or scan.  The public must purchase a “Unicard” from the Circulation Desk.  For more information, see Unicard FAQ.

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Literature Searches

The School of Medicine Library will provide literature searches in the numerous databases to which it has access, the primary one being MEDLINE.

Mediated literature searches performed by a librarian are provided free of charge to all USC School of Medicine faculty and students and affiliated health care professionals. Others health care professionals or general healthcare consumers may be charged $25.00, depending on the complexity of the search.

The Library will not perform mediated searches for attorneys or law offices.

Contact Laura Kane for more information.

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Interlibrary Loans

To request an item, visit the Interlibrary Loan Services page. Follow the instructions to set up an ILL Express! account, which you will use to request an item.

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Upon request, documents can be transmitted for a patron on the Library's telefacsimile equipment. For School of Medicine faculty and students documents can be faxed locally without charges. For long distance transmittal, a nominal charge is assessed for this service.

For example, the non-commercial charge to fax a document within the United States is $5.00 for the first five pages and $1.00 per page thereafter. A $5.00 surcharge is added for international transmissions.

A $5.00 surcharge is added for Interlibrary Loan requests via fax.

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Online Catalog and Periodicals Lists

The Library maintains an online catalog, which lists all its textbook, audiovisual, and journal holdings.

The online catalog provides access to the bibliographic records through a variety of different means, including keyword, author, title, and subject.

Information about electronic journals available to USC-SOM Library patrons can also be found on the Library's web page by clicking on E-Journals.

From workstations within the Library you may also access the online catalog of the other University of South Carolina libraries, as well as the National Library of Medicine's catalog (LOCATORplus).

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Recommending Material

To recommend books or journals to be purchased by the School of Medicine Library contact our Collection Development Librarian.

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Extension Services

The School of Medicine Library provides the following services to health care practitioners as defined in the CIRCULATION POLICIES section of this guide: basic reference, MEDLINE and other bibliographic retrieval, and interlibrary loan. Fees for these services are covered in the appropriate sections of this guide. The health care practitioner not having access to a medical or hospital library may call the School of Medicine directly. The number is 803-216-3200. Additionally, the Library participates in the National Library of Medicine's Loansome Doc program for Interlibrary Loan. Contact the Library for information and applications.

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Food and Drink Policy

Food and beverages are allowed in the Library, preferably in spill-proof containers. To discourage insects that can damage library materials, please remove all unsealed food containers after use and dispose of them properly.

Cans and bottles should be placed in the recycling containers found throughout the Library.


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