Library Policies and Procedures

General Access
All visitors to the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library (LSHSL) must present a valid University ID or other valid photo identification (i.e. driver's license, Consortium ID, employee ID). Once the information has been checked and verified by the security officer, the visitor will be permitted to proceed into the library.

Children under age 15 are NOT allowed in the library. Children 15-18 must be accompanied by an adult at entrance and while in the library. Exceptions: young persons participating in library tours or University sponsored educational programs are admitted and accompanied at all times by an authorized university official, children of HU personnel based in the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library building are admitted per current university policy in this regard. No food, outside of the student lounge, is allowed in the library. Water is allowed in the Study and in the Problem Based Learning Rooms, but there is to be no food. Patrons are allowed to eat in the student lounge (room 144) located on the first floor of the library. No weapons, firearms, animals or other pets are allowed

After 5 p.m., use of the facilities is limited to health sciences students (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing and allied health), graduate students, faculty and staff. Undergraduate students other than health sciences, are expected to use the Undergraduate Library or the appropriate branch related to their area of study.

Borrowing Privileges
Currently enrolled Howard University students, faculty and staff receive borrowing privileges via a barcode attached to an HU ID Card. HU Alumni have access to onsite use of the library only. The library has access to the catalogs of Chesapeake Information & Research Library Alliance (CIRLA) –Howard University, Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Smithsonian Institution, University of Delaware, and University of Maryland.

Library Barcodes
Barcodes are issued at the Access Services Desk on the First Floor of the LSHSL.HU faculty, staff and students must present a valid university ID in order to borrow materials. Others may inquire at the Access Services Desk about acquiring Special Borrowing Privileges.