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About Access Restrictions to Electronic Resources

Access and use of electronic resources made available by the Becker Medical Library are governed by license agreements between the School of Medicine and publishers or third parties. Several of the electronic resources carry some restriction on their use. Access may be restricted by user location, number of concurrent users, and/or password.

In short, most people experience access limitations based on the network to which their computer is connected. Below is a quick breakdown of what can be accessed from various networks.

BJH (Limited to) SLCH (Limited to) Proxy (Remote Access) WUSM Off Campus
UpToDate Online
American Academy of Pediatrics Journals
Applied Clinical Informatics
Harriet Lane Handbook
Red Book Online
UpToDate Online
Unrestricted Access to All Becker Resources Unrestricted Access to All Becker Resources No Access without Proxy

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding the use of the library's resources.

Loan Periods

Material Type Duration of Loan Number of Items
Books 2 week loan period
3 renewals – 2 weeks each
15 books per person at one time
Journals 1 day loan period
No renewals allowed
5 journals
Reserves 2 hour loan period
1 renewal
3 items
Audiovisuals 2 week loan period
2 renewals – 2 weeks each
5 items per person at one time

Hold List

If a book, audiovisual, or journal is checked-out to another borrower and is not overdue, you may be placed on the hold list to be contacted when the book is returned by:

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The Becker Medical Library has no overdue fines.

However, in order to make the collection equally available to all, the library enforces the following policies:

  • Books and audiovisuals may be renewed after they are overdue, as long as another borrower has not requested them
  • Journals may not be renewed
  • A block is placed on a borrower’s record when journals are one day overdue
  • A block is placed on a borrower’s record when the third overdue notice for books and audiovisuals is sent
  • Once a block is placed, no other materials may be checked out or renewed until the overdue items are returned
  • Remote access privileges will be suspended when books are 6 weeks overdue

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Renewing Books

Books may be renewed:

There are no renewals on journals.


Items on loan to another borrower will not be recalled until the initial two week loan period is over. Ask to be placed on the hold list or use the electronic hold list request in the Becker Catalog (Requires logging in to Library Borrower’s Account).

  • Recalled items may not be renewed
  • To have an item recalled for your use: Contact Information Services at 314-362-7080
  • E-mail:

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Lost Materials

Borrowers are responsible for materials checked out to them.

When a borrower claims to have returned an item, Library staff will check the Information Services system records and the shelves to make certain the material is not in the library.

Items not found will be billed to the borrower as follows:

Books Publisher's price plus $20.00 processing fee or $100.00
Bound Journals $150.00
Unbound Journals $75.00
AV Programs Cost of replacement plus $20.00 processing fee or $250.00, whichever is less.


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Self-Service Photocopy

Self-service photocopy machines are located on the first floor and lower level. Prepaid copy cards may be used with the copiers. Prices for copies are as follows:

  • Copy cards from cash sale at the copy machine: 11 copies for $1.00
  • Prepaid cards from departmental charges: 100 copies for $10.00 or 200 copies for $19.00

Copy cards may be purchased at the Information Services desk or from the card vendor on Level 1. Cash and checks are accepted. Departmental charge account numbers must be provided to charge prepaid copy cards to departments or grants.

Photocopy machines may be used to scan to a flash drive or email account.

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Book Returns

Book drops are located:

  • On the bridge of the Clinical Sciences Research Building
  • In front of the McKinley Avenue entrance of the McDonnell Sciences building
  • Just before the entrance doors of the 660 South Euclid entrance of the library lobby

Books may also be returned to the Information Services desk on the first floor of the Becker Medical Library.

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Locating Books and Journals

Books, journals, audiovisuals and other materials owned by the library may be located by searching the Becker Catalog.


Please do not reshelve books and journals. Leave them on a study table or on the tables or carts by the photocopy machines. Information services staff record use of materials for statistical reporting and will reshelve materials.

Finding a book or audiovisual program

Books and audiovisual programs may be searched in the catalog by key words, by author, by title, by subject, or a combination of these. 

Most books (monographs) are located on the lower level of the library, shelved in call number order. In general, the modern collection (1975-date) is shelved in the open book stack. The historical collection (1850-1974) is shelved on movable or compact shelving at the south end of the lower level. 

Audiovisual materials are shelved behind the Information Services desk.

Finding a journal

Foreign language journals that ceased publication before 1950 are shelved in the movable shelving on the lower level. Most other print journals are currently in storage and unavailable.

Missing Items

If an item cannot be located on the shelves contact the Information Services desk.

Staff will try to locate the missing item for you. If an item cannot be found, the Library will attempt to purchase a replacement copy of in-print materials.

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Requesting books NOT owned by Becker Medical Library or articles

Please visit the Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery page.

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Requesting books owned by Becker Medical Library

For those with borrowing privileges at Becker Medical Library, we will pull and hold books or journals at the Information Services Desk.  There is no charge for this service.  Please call us at 314-362-7085 or email us at

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View & Update Your Library Borrower’s Record

From the Becker Catalog, you may log in to Library Borrower’s Account and view your borrower’s record to:

  • Update personal information (address, phone number, department, etc.)
  • See what materials you currently have checked out
  • Renew books you have checked out
  • Place a circulating item on the hold list
  • Request an item be recalled
  • Cancel any hold list request you have placed


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Course Reserves (E-Reserves)

Reserve Books

The Reserve collection is located behind the Information Services desk on the 1st floor of the library. Reserve books circulate for two hours and may not leave the library.

Books in high demand as well as books assigned or suggested for reading by instructors are placed on Reserve for students in Medicine, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences, Genetic Epidemiology, Psychiatric Epidemiology, Population Health Sciences, and Audiology and Communication Sciences. If the library does not own a requested book, it will be purchased on a rush basis provided the subject matter fits the profile of the collection. Non-book materials will not be added to the Reserve.

Faculty should complete a Course Reserve Request Form to place books on Reserve. On receipt of the form, library staff will move the requested books to the Reserve collection. Books checked out at the time the form is submitted will be recalled and placed on Reserve as soon they are available. Faculty may also place personal copies of books on reserve. Personal copies will not be returned to faculty unless a specific request is made when the books are delivered to the library.

Please contact John Huth for more information at 314-747-0023 or

Electronic Reserve for Medical Students

Electronic reserves and other non-book course materials for medical students are available through the MedPortal. Contact Jamie Breuer in the Curriculum Office for more information at 314-362-7636 or

The library does not operate an electronic reserve for any course material.

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Donating to the Library

Material or financial donations can broaden and enrich our holdings, help meet the demand for multiple copies of heavily used titles, and help replace lost or damaged materials.  View the "Donating to the Library" page for more information.

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