Access Services

Study Room Reservations

Reserve a study room in the Health Sciences Library.


The Access Services staff can assist you in finding books or journals at the Health Sciences Library.  To check out materials, you must present your WVU ID Card. For more information, please visit the WVU Libraries borrowing services page.

Loan periods for all borrowers are: 

To renew items online, log in to your account in the Library Catalog with your WVU ID number and your last name.  

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) allows you to borrow materials WVU Libraries does not own from other libraries for free.  Currently enrolled WVU students and WVU faculty and staff in good standing with the WVU Libraries are eligible for Interlibrary Loan services by logging on  with their WVU Login.  For more information on Interlibrary Loan and ILLiad, please see the ILL Frequently Asked Questions.  

In-House Document Delivery

Articles that the Health Sciences Library has in print format may be requested via ILLiad for an electronic copy.  WVU faculty and staff may request articles from print journals held in any WVU library.  

Rural Rotations

Students on Rural Health Education Rotation can receive journal articles from the WVU Health Sciences Library while on field assignment through ILLiad free of charge. After logging in with your WVU Login, choose "Rural Rotation" under Status and "Health Sciences Library" as the ILL Processing Unit on the registration form. Please remember to edit/change back your status in ILLiad upon completion of your field assignment.

Please do not choose the status "Rural Rotation" unless you are currently out on clinical rotation. Rural Rotation students are those students in the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy who are out on clinical rotations at various West Virginia Rural Health Education Partnerships sites throughout the state. 

Loansome Doc

Loansome Doc is the ordering feature of the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed database. It allows users unaffiliated with WVU to order copies of journal articles online. More information is available on the Loansome Doc page.

WVU Hospital & UHA Staff

Employees of WVU Hospitals and University Health Associates have access to all of the resources of WVU Libraries. Please contact the Health Sciences Library Access Services Desk at (304) 293-1933 with any questions about access.  


All computers in the Health Sciences Library are administered by the HSC ITS Learning Center. The lab features:

All computers have Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat and Photoshop, and a variety of health sciences software. For a current list of available software, contact the Learning Center desk at (304) 293-3631 extension 5.  


Research Services

The Health Sciences Library has research services librarians available to assist you with your research needs. Librarians are available at the Research Services Desk:

For instant research assistance, use the chat feature on the Ask A Librarian page or text a librarian at (304) 220-0919.

For help using PubMed, you may also consult our guide on PubMed/MEDLINE Basics (pdf).

We also offer individual appointments for in-depth consultations.  To schedule an appointment contact the Research Services Desk at (304) 293-6810 or email us at


Our librarians select materials for the library in specific subject areas and encourage faculty input. Please contact the librarian for your subject area or use our Suggest a Purchase form.

Classes and Instruction

Course Specific Instruction and Tours

Health Sciences Research Services Librarians provide in-class and online instruction for formulating a search strategy, finding information, using library resources, evaluating sources and using information ethically. We can schedule sessions in your normal classroom or in a Learning Center computer classroom. We also give tours of the Health Sciences Library upon request. If you would like to schedule a library instruction session or tour for your class, please contact Virginia Desouky.  

ULIB 101, Intro to Library Research

This 1-credit class focuses on the concepts and logic of information access and fosters information independence and critical thinking. Upon completion of this course, you should be able to make the decisions and choices necessary to efficiently do literature searches for future term papers, reports, and theses. There is a section for Health Sciences students each semester emphasizing health sciences resources. For more information, please see the ULIB 101 page.  


The Health Sciences Library offers workshops on a variety of topics. To attend a workshop, please contact Virginia Desouky.


PubMed is a free search service of the US National Library of Medicine that provides free access to MEDLINE, the NLM database of indexed citations and abstracts to articles in over 4600 medical, nursing, dental, veterinary, health care, and preclinical sciences journals. Discover how PubMed can be used as an effective tool for the research process.  Topics include basic searching, searching using the MeSH (Medical Subject Heading) database, creating a personal account using MyNCBI, and locating full text articles.  No previous experience with searching PubMed is necessary.

EndNote Basic

EndNote Basic (formerly EndNote Web) is a companion web version of the desktop EndNote, provided as part of the Web of Science database. It is used to collect and organize references as well as cite them while writing a paper. It can also be a powerful collaboration tool. Learn how to quickly and easily collect reference information from a wide variety of online databases via direct export, online search, or importing as text files. Use Cite While You Write to insert references and format citations and bibliographies. This is an introductory level class, and no prior knowledge of EndNote Basic is needed.


Mendeley is a free citation management program that helps you organize your citations, format bibliographies in MS Word, connect with other researchers in your field, discover trending articles in your area of interest, and collaborate with research teams.   With both a desktop client and a web application, it's easy to access your research from anywhere in the world. 

EndNote Desktop

EndNote is a software program that allows you to store and manage your references and images. Learn how to build a personal reference library and format your references in whatever style you choose -- APA, Vancouver, Chicago Manual of Style, etc. Use Cite While You Write, a word processing software, to allow you to insert citations directly into your paper, building your bibliography as you insert your citations. Learn how to export references from online databases directly to your EndNote library and how to attach files to references. This is an introductory level class, and no prior knowledge of EndNote is needed.