Borrowing Information

HSLS Borrowing Privileges

Most resources of the Health Sciences Library System are available for loan to:

  • University of Pittsburgh students, staff, and faculty
  • UPMC residents and fellows
  • CMU Affiliates

In order to borrow materials

  • Pitt patrons must present their valid University ID
  • UPMC residents and fellow must present their valid library card (library cards are available at the Falk Library Main Desk)
  • CMU Affiliates must present valid CMU ID

Loan periods

Item Source
Books 3 weeks (may be renewed)
Videotapes, audiotapes, and CD-ROM's 1 week (1 renewal)
Reserve Materials 2 hours (or as specified by the instructor)

Certain materials may have different loan periods. Please check at the Main Desk.

Renew Materials

Most materials can be renewed. You may renew materials currently checked out to you at the Falk Library Main Desk, in person or by phone (412-648-8866), during regular library hours. You can also renew materials online anytime. Items may not be renewed if they are requested by another patron or needed for class reserve.

Overdue books

Books that are overdue more than 28 days will be assessed a $45 processing fee when the book is returned. The fee can be paid by cash, check, or Panther Funds.

Request an in use item

  • Complete the Item in Use Request Form to request an item that is checked out.
  • Email notification sent when the item is available
  • Request in use materials at Falk Library Main Desk or by phone (412-648-8866). 

Falk Library does not support item recalls. To recall an item from a University Library System (ULS) collection, see University Library System: Recall (for things that are CHECKED OUT).

Borrow a Book that is in PITTCat but not in HSLS (Pitt only)

  • Check PITTCat to determine if your book is located at a Pitt Library other than Falk Library.
  • Use HSLS Document Delivery service
  • Email notification and delivered to Falk Library

Hold Items for Pickup

You may request to have materials from HSLS collections held for you to pick up at the Falk Library Main Desk by completing the Item on Shelf Request Form. You may also request this service by calling the Main Desk at Falk Library, 412-648-8866, during regular library hours.

Obtain an item that PITTCat says is in “Closed Stacks” or “Rare Books”?

Suspension of Library Privileges

HSLS reserves the right to refuse services to any patrons with a certain amount of outstanding fines, fees, or materials at any University of Pittsburgh library, or to any patron whose privileges have been suspended for cause by library or University administration.