Locating Books and Journals

Library Search, provides access to the combined resources of the Rowan University Libraries. Library Search is accessible via the Health Sciences Library’s website.  Users can also renew eligable checked out items using LIbrary Search or by calling the library at 856 566-6800 or email .

Circulation Policies

Patrons must present their own Rowan ID badge when requesting materials from the Reserve Collection or when signing out materials. Borrowers may have a maximum of 12 items checked out of the Health Sciences Library at a time.  Borrowing periods for library materials are listed below:

Type Borrowing Period Renewal


four weeks

one renewal

New Books

four weeks

No Renewal


in Library use only

2 hour (max 2 items at a time)

 Journals  in Library use only  
Reference materials in Library use only  
Board Review materials one week no renewal (max. 2 items at a tme)
Laptop Computers in Library use only 2 hour loan

Materials borrowed from the Health Sciences Library may be returned to either the book drop located at the library entrance or at the service desk. Provided items are not overdue, items can be renewed through LIbrary Search, over the phone, by email, chat (when available) or in person at the service desk. A HOLD on an item currently checked out of the library can be made either at the service desk, chat (when available), email or over the phone.

Reserve Collection

The Health Sciences Library strives to make available online and in print required and recommended books provided faculty notify the library of additions, changes, and updates. The print Reserve collection is located behind the service desk in the Health Sciences Library.  While we try to have a print copy of required books on reserve we may not have a print copy of all recommended books.      

Guides listing required and recommended books and resources that support the Rowan-Virtua SOM curriculums with full text links, is available on the Health Sciences Library's website.

The loan period for Reserve items is two hours, subject to recall after time ends. Users may borrow a maximum of two items at a time.

Books in the Reserve collection may be borrowed overnight and may be reserved for overnight use on a same-day basis.  Reserve books may be checked out during the last half hour that the Library is open and MUST be returned within the first half hour of opening the following day. Failure to follow this return policy will result in fines of $5.00 per hour that the item is late, up to a maximum of $20.00 per book, per day. Borrowers who incur overnight fines twice during a semester will have their overnight borrowing privileges revoked for the remainder of that semester. 

Also Available for lending from the Circulation Desk for use in the Library:

Noice Canceling Headphones
Book and Laptop Stands Laptop Projectors
Portable Whiteboards Laptops
Whiteboard markers and erasers Lenovo and Mac Laptop Chargers
Android and Iphone/Ipad power cords Computer Mice

Board Review Collections

Two items may be checked out at one time and can be borrowed for one week.  The fine for overdue Board Review materials is $1.00 per day.  To view what print board review book are avaible at the Health Sciences Library see the Print Board Review Collection page via Library Search.  Check the Health Sciences Library's Board Review Guide to see online options. 

Donating Books and Other Items to the Library

Because medical information changes rapidly and is considered out-dated in only a few years the Health Sciences Library strongly discourages the donation of personal medical books and related materials. If you have books that you think the library would want please submit a written list detailing the title, author, and publication date of each book to the Health Sciences Llibrary Director before bringing the books to the Library. The list will be reviewed and you will be contacted if the library is able to accept the books.  Please see the Rowan University Libraries gift policy for more information regarding donations to the Rowan-Virtua SOM Health Sciences Library.

Collection Policy

View the Rowan University Libraries Collection Policy.  Any suggestions or recommendations for additions to the Rowan-Virtua SOM Health Sciences Library's collections should be directed to Ask A Librarian.