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The Health Sciences Library offers quality information resources and knowledge services to advance patient care, research, education, community outreach and to support the administrative aspects of health care.
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Library Policies

Bookstore & On-line Ordering

The bookstore contains 300 titles for purchase. Special orders and gift certificates are available.Cash, checks, Visa, Discover and Mastercard are accepted.
You may also order books on-line through our newly created online bookstore. Items ordered on-line are delivered directly to the consumer. Shipping & handling charges apply.

Reference Services are available from Mon - Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Services include assistance with general reference questions and one-on-one instruction in database and Internet searching.
Classes/Personalized Training

The Health Sciences Library offers individual and group training classes. Class schedules change monthly to offer a wide variety of days and times. Personalized group and individual training can be scheduled upon request.

Interlibrary Loan

The Health Sciences Library has approximately 590 journals titles and 10,000 books in its current collection. In addition, to the library's collection, we are able to access any medical, nursing, allied health or health care related document or reference through Interlibrary Loan. Document delivery is available on a fee-based schedule.

The Health Sciences Library will photocopy up to 60 articles from our collection per fiscal year for BMC eligible patrons.
Book Purchasing

Departments should order books through the Health Sciences Library to receive a discount of up to 18%. Authorized signatures and valid department accounts are required.

Departments may order or renew print and online serials subscriptions through the Health Sciences Library. Authorized signatures and valid department account and cost center numbers are required.


Items may be checked out only to registered persons with a valid BHS badge. Students from affiliated schools doing clinicals here (i.e., with a valid badge) are allowed to check out up to two items. No item may be renewed more than 2 times for anyone. Standard loan periods are:
Books 2 weeks
Audio Visuals 1 week
Reference Books Do not circulate
Journals Do not circulate
Consumer Health Library (3300 Main) Do not circulate
Access The Health Sciences Library is open to all Baystate Health employees and the general public during regular posted business hours.  Hours are posted on the library’s web site, by the main entry door and are available by phone. Children under age 15 are not allowed in the library unless accompanied by a member of the Baystate staff.24/7  access is available to:
  1. Baystate Medical Center affiliated physicians, Residents, Medical students, Baystate nursing faculty, BMC Associate professional staff, Nurse-midwifery students in the Baystate program,
  2. All staff enrolled in certified educational programs. 
Anyone using the library after hours must sign in and out of the library on the sheet provided and may not remove any materials during after hours access.  It is the responsibility of all persons using the library to follow institution policies regarding safety, confidentiality, proper use of equipment and resources as well as having on their person a current Baystate ID badge. Access will be denied to persons who do not follow these policies.
Food and Drink The library maintains a limited food and drink policy in the reading and study areas.
NO food or drinks are permitted near any of the computers.   
Limited food and drinks means beverages in spill proof containers and light snacks such as small items of packaged food are allowed.  Open cups or glasses are not allowed in the Library.  Cooked meals or foods that are greasy, messy or smelly are not allowed.
All food wrappers and drink containers should be disposed of in the proper trash receptacles.
See additional policies under e-workplace (available only from a baystate pc)  
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