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

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)

Loan Periods
3 weeks (may be renewed)
Videotapes, audiotapes, and CD-ROMs
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.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I renew materials?
How do I request an item that is in use?
How do I have something held for pickup?
How do I borrow a book that is in PITTCat but not in HSLS? (Pitt only)
How do I 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.

Questions about HSLS borrowing policies or procedures may be directed to or the Falk Library Main Desk (412-648-8866).