Health Science Libraries | FAQs and Policies

Who may use the Health Science Libraries?

  • Those authorized to use the HSL are Hartford HealthCare (HHC) employees, physicians, and physicians' families; UCONN residents, interns, and fellows; students currently affiliated with HHC; persons residing in the Hudson Suites or the ERD Dormitory; and HHC patients and their immediate family members.

Do I need to register to use the library?

  • Yes, registration is required to check out items from any of the collections. Please contact us to register. 

How can I access library resources from work or at home?

How can I contact a librarian to ask a question?

  • Call the Robinson Health Sciences Library main desk at 860.972.2230
  • Call the Institute of Living Medical Library main desk at 860.545.7276

How do I search for an article/full text article?

  • Use one of our online databases to search the literature. To access the databases, login to the Health Science Libraries Intranet page.
  • Use the Article Request Form to request a specific article that is not available in our collections. (This service is available ONLY for Hartford HealthCare staff.)
  • Journal articles not owned by the Health Science Libraries will be obtained through inter-library loan

How do I search for a book?

  • Use the online Library Catalog to locate a book, journal or audio/visual resource.
  • You can also request a book that is not available in the Library Catalog using the Book Request Form. (Note that this service is available ONLY for Hartford HealthCare staff.)

How do I search the literature?

  • The Health Science Libraries offer hospital staff and affiliated users access to professional evidence-based databases. You can access these online resources by visiting the Health Science Libraries Intranet.
  • If you need to request a librarian mediated literature search, submit a request using the Literature Search Request Form. (This service is available ONLY for Hartford HealthCare staff.)

How can I have a literature search done for me?

  • Hartford HealthCare affiliated staff may request a Literature Search be performed by library staff.
  • The professional librarians are available to assist you in any search request you have.

How can I return or renew books?

  • Renew a book by calling the main desk at 860.972.2230
  • Books may be kept for a 3-week period and renewed once
  • Book drop boxes are located outside of each library for your convenience when the library is closed

What happens when a book is over due?

  • We will send you an overdue notice for items not returned by the due date
  • We will issue a bill for overdue items that include replacement and processing charges

Can I put books on hold if they are not on the shelf?

  • You can place an item on HOLD by calling or coming in to the library
  • We will call you when the item is available

Can I borrow journals?

  • Journals do not circulate, however there are some exceptions.
  • Any library staff can assist you with journals.

Is it okay to bring food in to the library?

  • We do allow food and drinks in the library for your convenience
  • We expect customers to be careful with these items near computer terminals and print material

Photocopy Services/Document Delivery

  • Photocopying is available for a small fee.
  • Photocopy machines are available for anyone's use at the posted cost.
  • Article requests may be submitted in person at any Library or online.
  • Documents may be picked up at either the Robinson or Institute of Living Libraries or delivered to your email account.
  • The HSL processes a maximum of three requests per person per day. 
  • All routine requests are filled within 48 hours of processing.
  • Any library staff can assist you with photocopying
  • Call the Robinson Health Science Library at 860.972.2230 for all STAT requests.  We process STAT requests only for immediate patient care.

Copyright and Fair Use Information

Copyright is based on fair use agreements with publishers, authors and users. Generally, copies of articles intended for educational purposes fall under "fair use" guidelines.

The following links will help you understand copyright and fair use information:

HSL Helpful Links