MedStar Staff Borrowing Policies


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 LimitationsLoan Period
Items from Lauinger, Blommer, or Bioethics LibrariesMax 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.

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: $10.00 at 40 days overdue
  • 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 and a $30 processing 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.


  • Borrow course reserves at Blommer and Lauinger.
  • Borrow equipment from Lauinger Library.
  • 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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 LimitationsLoan Period
Bound JournalsNot AllowedN/A
Media (DVDs on 2nd Floor, CDs at Circulation Desk)Media In Library Only 
EquipmentNot AllowedN/A
ReservesNot AllowedN/A
KindlesNot AllowedN/A
Government DocumentsSee Book Borrowing Privileges4 weeks 

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

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