Collection Development

Information on how the library develops its collections of resources.

Food and Drink

Food and drink are allowed in all areas of the library except the computer lab on the first floor. Please be sure your drinks have a cover when working at a computer.


The library accepts gifts of money, books, and non-print materials that will enhance the Library's collection and support curriculum, research, and clinical needs of our students, faculty, and staff. See our Gifts Policy for details.

Lost and Found

The library holds lost and found items at the service desk. If you lose something please contact us right away. After a couple of weeks we offer the item for free or discard it.

Study Carrel and Locker Policy

Study carrels and lockers located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the library can be reserved for varying lengths of time. See the Study Carrel and Locker Policy for details.

Quiet Policy

The library encourages group study on the first floor of the library. The second and third floors are reserved as quiet areas so that everyone may have access to a place to study with minimal distractions.

Cell phones are a necessary device for emergency calling. Please step outside the library to take everyday calls. Do not use the emergency doors in the back of the library as they will activate the fire alarm if opened.

Group Study Room Policy

The library provides nine private group study rooms, five of which are equipped with large monitors to facilitate group work. White boards are incorporated into the walls of these rooms. Use of the group study rooms is restricted to two or more people working together. The group study rooms are available to all on a first come, first served basis throughout the year.

Individual users are asked to use other library seating. Individual study carrels are available on the second and third floors, which are designated as quiet study areas. The carrels provide a quiet, private alternative to the first floor study tables.


The library has an alarmed gate at the service desk, near the entrance. It is situated so that all patrons must pass through it when entering and exiting the library. If you should activate the alarm when you pass through the gate, please stop at the service desk so that the person on duty may determine why the alarm sounded.

Unattended Children Policy

The library provides an adult, unsupervised environment for the purpose of academic research and support of the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s (UMMS) curriculum. Our facility is open to the public, a situation which can present risks to children. Library staff cannot monitor or supervise children; therefore, the safety of unattended children cannot be guaranteed. Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or adult guardian at all times. This policy is not meant to exclude children from using the library for educational purposes. Rather, it is meant to underscore the importance of supervision for children in this public facility. If a child under 15 is left unattended in the library, staff will attempt to determine, through the child, where the parent is and then will contact the parent to retrieve the child. In those cases where the parent can not be located, the UMMS Police Department will be called to assume responsibility for the unaccompanied child.

Last updated: 11/15/2016 16:54:56