MedStar Staff Borrowing Policies


Type of Item Limitations Loan Period
Items from Lauinger, Blommer, 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, and Bioethics 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.

Lost or Damaged Materials

A patron with lost or damaged materials may (1) pay a $110 replacement fee, 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.

MedStar Employees May Not

  • Borrow course reserves at Blommer and Lauinger.
  • Borrow equipment from Lauinger Library.
  • Use the Picchi Multimedia Room or the Multimedia 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).

Other Materials

Type of Item Limitations Loan Period
Bound Journals Not Allowed N/A
Media (DVDs on 2nd Floor, CDs at Service 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

Renew Your Items

You may renew your books up to three times if they have not been requested by another borrower. After a book has been renewed the third time it must be physically taken to the library where it can be checked-in and out for a new cycle.

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 Service Desk, or by responding to the electronic overdue notice.

For information about fines, please refer to the Fines Overview page.