Policies and Procedures
The Library is open for service to the general public. Certain services, such as materials check out, off-campus journal access, and interlibrary loan, are limited to LSU Health Shreveport affiliates:
• Full-time Faculty
• Full-time Staff
• Residents and Fellows
• Students currently enrolled within the LSU Health Shreveport Schools of Medicine, Allied Health Professions, or Graduate Studies.
• Full-time University Health Shreveport employees
To check items out, an individual must be an LSU Health Shreveport affiliate and present his/her own valid photo ID.
Although the library is open to the public, library staff cannot accept responsibility for children left unattended in the library. If an unattended child is in the library, library staff will immediately contact University Police.
Books and audiovisual items can be checked out for two weeks and renewed by telephone, provided there are no holds or recalls on the item. Journals and Reference items are not available for checkout except by Medical Communications for creating slides. Items in the Reserve collection may be checked out from the Reserve area for library use only and must be returned before closing on the same day. Exception: Most reserve items can be checked out at 10:00 p.m. for overnight use and will be due at 8:00 a.m. the next day.
Class dates and times are advertised on the library's classes page. In addition, upon request, library staff will customize class offerings for specific needs. Classes should be scheduled at least two weeks in advance by contacting the User Education Librarian.
The collection of the LSU Health Shreveport Health Sciences Library is developed to meet the present and future information needs of the students, faculty, researchers, health care providers, administrators, and staff of the University Health Shreveport, School of Medicine, School of Graduate Studies, and School of Allied Health Professions. Therefore, major emphasis is given to acquiring materials covering the subjects of biomedical research, medical practice, and associated issues. Funds for the purchase of materials are a designated item in the library budget, which is assigned by the Budget Office.
Monetary contributions to the library are always gratefully accepted. Library patrons may choose to honor a family member, friend, or colleague by making a monetary contribution to the library for the purchase of a book. The donor may designate a particular subject area for the book. The donor will receive a letter acknowledging the gift and identifying the amount of the gift. Notification of the gift (without identifying the amount) will be sent to the honoree or, in the case of a memorial, to the family of the deceased. If a print book is purchased, a bookplate will be placed on the inside front cover of the book to identify it as a commemorative gift. If an electronic book is purchased, the donor and the honoree will be acknowledged on the electronic books page at the library's website. Click here to download the commemorative gift form.
The library has two computer labs, housing 49 PCs.These labs are available to LSU Health Shreveport affiliates and visitors who are performing research within the scope of health and biomedical research. Computer use is on a first-come, first-served basis. Only preloaded software can be used; no personal software may be installed. The computer labs can be scheduled for classes & presentations. Users should contact Mararia Adams (x5-5448) or Katrina Bell (x5-5393).
Wireless Internet connectivity is available for laptops used by LSU Health Shreveport affiliates and visitors. However, laptop specifications and settings must comply with the institutional policy concerning wireless usage.
As stated in Chancellor's Memorandum # 18, "All users are advised that they should have no expectation whatsoever of privacy as to any transmission/communication or image generated, received by, sent by, or stored in a computer." For the full policy regarding computer use, see:
The library computers are not to be used for the following:
• Seeking unauthorized access to library or network computer systems or files with the intent of violating computer security; altering system or network configurations; altering system or network access codes; sabotage; or causing damage through the placing of viruses, worms or embedded messages
• Engaging in any illegal activity, including violation of copyright laws or licensing agreements
• Misrepresenting oneself on the Internet or engaging in fraud
• Viewing, downloading, or disseminating pornography
• Issuing threats
• Participating in chat rooms or forums that are non-work related
• Playing games
• Viewing or participating in sites such as YouTube, Twitter, or Facebook for purposes other than biomedical research, teaching or learning
• Downloading streaming audio or video for purposes other than biomedical research, teaching or learning
Library response to inappropriate uses may include revoking computer access privileges or contacting the University Police.
Anyone may request a literature search whether affiliated with LSU Health Shreveport or not. All LSU Health Shreveport affiliates are provided this service by the librarians free of charge for most searches. Gratis faculty members are charged a fee for database searching unless they appear in person to make their requests or to pick up the results of their request. Non-affiliates should contact the library for the most current pricing and to discuss their needs. Please call 675-5477.
The library maintains an environment conducive to quiet study and research. Individuals behaving in a disruptive manner will be reminded to maintain our quiet environment. If disruptive behavior persists, library staff may ask the individual to leave and/or may notify University Police.
All of the library's electronic resources are available at computers located on the LSU Health Shreveport network. Off-campus access is available through the LSU Health Shreveport VPN. To access the VPN software, the user must have a current LSUMC-MASTER email account.
When the fire alarms sound, library personnel will immediately contact the University Police (x5-6160) to determine whether a drill is in progress. If University Police cannot be reached, library supervisory staff will make a decision as to whether or not to evacuate the library. In the event of a fire, library staff will notify patrons via the P.A. system. All occupants must exit the building immediately. Maps noting the location of exits are posted near the library elevators. In the event of any other emergency or disaster, instructions will be given.
In accordance with campus policies, medical emergencies should be directed to local emergency services by dialing 9-911. Non-medical emergencies should be immediately reported to campus police by dialing x5-3UPD or x5-3873.
In the event of a power failure, backup generators will provide emergency power.
Food and drink are permitted in the Library.
ILL services are available for LSU Health Shreveport affiliates. Only items which are not available in the Library may be obtained through interlibrary loan. Any charges incurred in obtaining an item will be billed to the individual requesting the item.
Library staff are happy to answer questions about how to complete interlibrary loan requests, but Library staff cannot complete interlibrary loan forms for affiliates. The person requesting the item, or her/his authorized designee (such as an administrative assistant), must submit the requests.
For items owned by the Library, there is not a free pull-and-copy service. Please inquire at the circulation desk for pricing, or assistance downloading, copying or printing materials.
The library provides books for leisure reading that may be checked out by LSU Health Shreveport affiliates. The leisure reading collection includes fiction and non-fiction hardback volumes; it does not include paperbacks.
The leisure reading collection is maintained entirely through donations; state budget funds are not used for purchases for this collection. It is the responsibility of the Collection Management Section to determine that a donated item is appropriate for the leisure reading collection.
The library does not have sufficient space or a secure location to retain lost items. Items left in the library will be turned in to University Police (x5-6160).
The library participates in LOUIS, a partnership of libraries cooperating to promote resource sharing among Louisiana libraries. Patrons in good standing with the LSU Health Shreveport Health Sciences Library may utilize collections of participating Louisiana libraries by applying for a LOUIS card. Any charges incurred through the program are reported to the home library and are charged directly to the patron.
Visitors may have access to the library computers for educational or research purposes only. The library is located on the first floor of the Medical School, where night and weekend access is restricted to registered access card holders only. To obtain an access card, library users who are not directly affiliated with LSU Health Shreveport will need to visit the library during the day (between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.), present a valid photo ID such as driver's license, and complete an application form. Once this form is completed and signed by a library representative, the visitor presents the form to Auxiliary Services to have a library access card issued.
The primary goal of the Reference Section is to anticipate, meet and exceed the information needs of the LSU Health Shreveport affiliates. The Reference Section librarians provide computerized mediated searches as well as assist with manual information searches, in addition to answering ready reference questions from walk-in, telephone, or electronic mail clients. These services are provided as quickly as possible by accessing information housed in the library, as well as that available through outside sources. The Reference Section provides instruction on the content and organization of various information sources in the formats available in the library. The faculty, staff and students are assisted in mastering the use of complex information systems. The Reference Section librarians identify the needs of clients by monitoring the usage of various services and materials.
A telephone for answering in-house pages is available at the Circulation desk. In addition, cell phone usage is permitted. All telephone users are encouraged to maintain a quiet atmosphere conducive to study.
In addition to the campus smoke free policy (Chancellor’s Memoranda 10), usage of e-cigarettes or any form of tobacco is not allowed in the Library. Violators will be reported to the University Police Department or to the Dean of Student Affairs.