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MedStar Staff Borrowing Policies


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  Limitations Loan Period
Items from Lauinger, Blommer, Woodstock, or Bioethics Libraries Max of 6 items on account at one time * 4 weeks **

Medstar employees (ME) have limited borrowing privileges at Lauinger, Blommer Science, Bioethics, and Woodstock Theological Libraries. All Medstar employees must present their Medstar ID for library entry and to check out books. (If you have an old Medstar ID without a photo please bring with your a valid, government-issued photo ID: you will need both to access the building and to borrow books.) Privileges are non-transferrable, and Medstar faculty cannot set up proxy library accounts.

NUMBER OF BOOKS: An ME may have a maximum of six books checked out at one time from any combination of the libraries.

LOAN PERIOD: *All items are subject to recall. Recalled items are due 14 days after the recall is placed, or 1 week if needed for course reserves..

RENEWING BOOKS: Books may be renewed online or by phone up to three times unless they have been requested by another patron. After a book has been renewed the third time it must be physically taken the library where it can be checked-in and out for a new cycle. Books can be renewed:

  • Online via HoyaSearch from the My Library Account option.
  • By telephone at (202) 687-7607.
  • In person at a library circulation desk.
  • Via email by replying to electronic courtesy and overdue notices.

OVERDUE FINES: Overdue notices are sent to your email as a courtesy. Patrons are solely responsible for knowing due dates. Failure to receive notices is not grounds for dismissal of fines.

  • Circulating items: $0.25 per day per book
  • Recalled items: $5 per day per book, and a block is placed on your record until recalled books are returned.
  • Accounts are suspended once a patron reaches $25 in fines.

LOST OR DAMAGED MATERIALS: A patron with lost or damaged materials may (1) pay a $80 replacement fee, a $30 processing fee, and any fines up to $10, or (2) bring a copy of the item to the circulation desk for replacement consideration by the Library. If accepted, there will be a $30 processing fee plus any fines accrued up to $10.


  • Borrow course reserves at Blommer and Lauinger.
  • Borrow Gelardin New Media Center material.
  • Use the Picchi Multimedia Room and A/V Editing Rooms.
  • Have off-campus access to most Lauinger and Blommer databases and online journals.
  • Use Lauinger's Interlibrary Loan service.
  • Have access to any Main Campus Libraries' consortia (i.e. WRLC, CIRLA).

Other Materials

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  Limitations Loan Period
Bound Journals Not Allowed N/A
Media (DVDs on 2nd Floor, CDs at Circulation Desk) Media In Library Only  
Equipment Not Allowed N/A
Reserves Not Allowed N/A
Kindles Not Allowed N/A
Government Documents See Book Borrowing Privileges 4 weeks *

* All items are subject to recall. Recalled items are due 14 days after the recall is placed, or 1 week if needed for course reserves.

Renew Your Items

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You may renew your books up to three times if they have not been requested by another borrower.

Books and media can be renewed online through HoyaSearch from the My Library Account option, by phone at (202) 687-7607, in person at the Circulation Desk, or by responding to the electronic overdue notice.

Fines will accrue on all materials renewed three days or more beyond the listed due date.