Borrow and Request Materials

Materials may be renewed or held by logging in to My Library Account. Loan periods vary based on type of materials:

Faculty, staff and graduate students: 17 week check-out period
Undergraduate students: 6 week check-out period

Two-hour checkout period (includes reserve books, models and bones)


Journals at the HSL Ackerman Remote Storage facility can be requested through the Library Catalog for pickup at campus library locations or delivery to campus offices.

Faculty, staff and graduate students: 17 week check-out period
Undergraduate students: 6 week check-out period

For additional information on loan periods including materials borrowed from other OSU and OhioLINK libraries see Loan Periods.

Fines and Recalls

Fines are charged for overdue items.

  • Overdue Reserve items (books, models, etc.) accrue fines at the rate of $2.00 for the first hour and $5.00 for each additional hour, per item.
  • Items that are long overdue, and not renewed, are assumed lost. A block will be placed on your record and a fine added. The fines for regular circulating items are as follows:
    • $140 billed per book
    • $170 billed per AV

Please see Fines and Fees for more information, including a complete list of fines.

  • Pay Health Sciences Library fines online using VISA or Mastercard  NOTE: Due to The Ohio State University transitioning to a new financial accounting system, credit card payments can only be processed through December 15. If credit card is the desired method payment and it is after this date, please let us know. An invoice will be created in the new financial system on or after January 7, which will include instructions for method of payment

Other Circulation Information

Please note that pick-up notices for library materials are sent via email only.

Materials that are not available at OSU Libraries may be requested from OhioLINK. Materials not available at OSU Libraries or OhioLINK can be obtained through Interlibrary Services.

Courtesy Cards

Note: courtesy cards are not being issued at this time because access to all Ohio State Libraries are limited due to social distancing guidelines.

A courtesy card extends library borrowing privileges to individuals not affiliated with OSU. Courtesy cards are issued at the Circulation Desks of the Health Sciences Library, Thompson Library and Moritz Law Library A courtesy card allows one borrow any regularly circulated items, up to five items from OhioLINK, but not access to all library services.

Healthcare professionals from Franklin, Delaware, Licking, Union, Fairfield, Pickaway and Madison counties may be eligible for courtesy borrowing privileges. You must present a valid work ID or board certification and a picture ID, e.g., a driver's license. For additional eligibility information and restrictions please see Courtesy Card Information


The word BORROW in letter blocks