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Library Cards & Borrowing

Library Cards

Students

Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) student ID cards are used for library cards however, as the ID is issued by Laurentian or Lakehead University, all students must register with the Health Sciences Library prior to borrowing materials, including equipment, in order for their student number to be included in the Health Sciences Library circulation system.

Students should visit the Health Sciences Library on their campus to register. Library staff will verify your NOSM status at the time of registration.

Residents

Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) residents must register for a Health Sciences Library card prior to borrowing materials, including equipment. This library card does not provide proof of affiliation with NOSM. There are several ways to register:

1) In person—visit the library on your campus to register. Library staff will verify your NOSM status at the time of registration.
2) Online—submit the online application form and Library staff will complete your registration. Library staff will verify your NOSM status at the time of registration. Your Health Sciences Library card will be mailed to you or kept on file until you can pick it up.

Dietetic Interns

Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) Dietetic Interns may receive a Health Sciences Library card, and must register prior to borrowing materials, including equipment. This Library card does not provide proof of affiliation with NOSM. If you do not receive your Library card during orientation in September, there are several ways to register:

1) In person—visit the library on your campus to register. Library staff will verify your NOSM status at the time of registration.
2) Online—submit the online application form and Library staff will complete your registration. Library staff will verify your NOSM status at the time of registration. Your Health Sciences Library card will be mailed to you or kept on file until you can pick it up.

Faculty and Staff

Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) faculty and staff may receive a NOSM photo ID card, issued by either the J.N. Desmarais Library (Laurentian University) or the Chancellor Paterson Library (Lakehead University). The NOSM photo ID card is also a Library card. Faculty and staff must register with the library prior to borrowing materials, including equipment. Contact NOSM Human Resources or Faculty Affairs for further information regarding the NOSM photo ID card.

NOSM faculty and staff can also apply for a Health Sciences Library card in lieu of a NOSM photo ID card. The library card permits borrowing of library resources, including equipment. It does not provide proof of affiliation with NOSM. There are several ways to apply for a Library card:

1) In person—visit the Health Sciences Library on your campus to register. Library staff will verify your NOSM status at the time of registration.
2) Online—submit the online application form and Library staff will complete your registration. Library staff will verify your NOSM status at the time of registration. Your Health Sciences Library card will be mailed to you or kept on file until you can pick it up.

Changes to contact information

Please alert the library to any changes to names or mailing addresses as soon as possible.

Borrowing

The Health Sciences Library is open to the general public and everyone may use most of the materials housed in the libraries or consult with library staff for assistance in accessing the collections and services. The library is funded primarily to meet the research and curricular needs of the members of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) and the academic community, who are given priority access to library services and collections.

Primary and Secondary Users

Library patrons may fall under one of two user categories: Primary or Secondary. These user categories determine the level of access patrons have to our services and resources.

Primary Users

Primary users are permitted to borrow any materials that circulate, recall eligible materials on loan, and use Interlibrary Loan and photocopy services. Primary users are also permitted extended loan privileges, and access to a wide variety of electronic resources and databases, on and off campus.

Primary Users include:

  • Faculty, staff, and learners of NOSM, Laurentian University, Lakehead University, and its affiliated institutions;
  • Professors Emeriti or Honorarius;
  • Individuals who are on campus for periods of limited duration and who are engaged in activities supported by NOSM, Laurentian University, Lakehead University or its affiliated institutions;
  • Individuals who enjoy an ongoing affiliation with NOSM through research, instructional, professional, or administrative activities.

Secondary Users

Secondary Users are permitted to borrow any materials that circulate, with the exception of a small number of items that are reserved specifically to support teaching or research at NOSM. Secondary Users are not permitted to recall items on loan, extended loans privileges or use of the Interlibrary Loan service. Off-campus access to electronic resources may be prohibited due to licensing agreements.

Secondary Users include:

  • Alumni of NOSM, Laurentian University, and Lakehead University;
  • Retired faculty, not designated Professor Emeritus or Honorarius, and retired staff of NOSM, Laurentian University, Lakehead University, and its affiliated institutions;
  • Students and faculty of other universities that have reciprocal or consortia arrangements with NOSM;
  • Individuals who are engaged in legitimate research, instructional, professional, or administrative activities. To qualify, individuals must complete a Health Sciences Library User Registration Form, and, if approved, a Health Science Library ID Card will be issued.

Loan Periods and Privileges

There is a 15 item limit for all user groups.

User Group Regular Loan Period Recall and Renew Interlibrary Loan
NOSM Learners/Faculty/Staff 6 weeks Yes Yes
Lakehead/Laurentian (Affiliated Institutions) Students/Faculty/Staff 6 weeks Yes No
Secondary Users 6 weeks No No *Alumni have ILL privileges for a small fee

Fines for Overdue Material

The Health Sciences Library does not charge daily fines on overdue items. However, it is recommended that you renew your books to avoid lost item fines. Any item overdue more than 30 days is considered lost. Library staff will contact patrons in such instances with the lost item fines.

Renewing Items

To renew items contact the library at askthelibrary@nosm.ca or any of our other service points here.

Patrons can renew their materials online through the Library Catalogue via the My Account link using their using their Library User ID and their PIN. If you do not know your User ID or PIN. If you do not already have your PIN, or do not remember it, please contact any library staff member at askthelibrary@nosm.ca.