Mission / Vision
Cell Phones & Pagers
Circulation & Borrowing
Computers, Printers, and Photocopiers
Copyright & Licensing
Food, Drink, and Smoking
Gifts & Donation
Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
Patrons with Disabilities
The Panther I.D. card is required in order to check out library materials.
Item Loan Period Renewals
General Book Collection 2 weeks 2 weeks*
Course Reserve Materials 2 hours 2 hours*
Laptops, eReaders and Accessories 2 weeks 2 weeks*
Reference Materials (in-library use only) N/A N/A
Returning & Renewing Materials
Fines, Fees, and Other Charges Owed to the Medical Library
Item Fines & Overdue Charges
Books, General Collection $0.25 per day
Course Reserve Materials $2.00 per hour
Sound and Image (all formats) $0.25 per day
Laptop Computers and Accessories $30 per hour (or part thereof)
Interlibrary Loan Books $0.25 per day
Account blocked if overdue Replacement charges if lost or damaged
The Library is not authorized to issue override requests for fines and other money owed to the Library. Library accounts must be settled before registering for classes, obtaining transcripts, etc.
Payment must be made to the University Cashier's Office in the Charles Perry Building on the Modesto A. Maidique Campus or to the University Cashier's Office in the Academic-One Building on the Biscayne Bay Campus. Call 305-348-1466 or 305-348-9022 to determine the fines to be paid. The Medical Library as well as any of FIU Libraries do not accept payment in the library for overdue fines or replacement charges.
Payment by check is to be mailed to:
FIU Cashier's Office
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th Street, PC-120,
Miami, FL 33199
Please be assured that your patron record, which contains personal information and a record of all materials currently checked out, is confidential. [more...]
The Medical Library (the Library) at Florida International University is the primary source of biomedical information for Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM) faculty, students, and staff.
To support its mission, the Library collects materials central to medicine, health care, and basic life sciences as well as some materials in other relevant areas. Materials selected are written for the medical professionals, researchers or for the scholarly audience in English language only. In general, materials are acquired without regard for geographic considerations, though the focus generally address the USA audience. Materials of local interest, such as those related to public health in Florida or tropical medicine may be acquired more comprehensively. The Library gives strong priority to the acquisition of resources in electronic format.
The Library is part of a network of several the Florida International University Libraries (the FIU Libraries) and shares resources with those libraries. In effort to avoid duplication of expensive resources, the Library does not acquire materials available at those libraries unless it is absolutely necessary. The Library is also a member of the Consortium of Southern Biomedical Libraries (CONBLS), the Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative, the Florida Collaboration of Academic Libraries of Medicine Collaboration (FCALM), and the South Florida Health Sciences Library Consortium (SFHSLC) that allow to acquire discounts for select databases and free reciprocal interlibrary loans.
The purpose of this Collection Development Policy is to provide guidelines for building and maintaining a collection of information resources: electronic, print and audiovisual to meet the biomedical information needs of the HWCOM. The Library is committed to continue evaluation and revision of its collection and expand the policy as necessary. The Collection Development Policy has been written by the Head, Knowledge Resource Development Librarian and reviewed by the Director of the Library in 2009.
The Library will select resources in direct support of HWCOM goals and based on courses requirements as well as faculty, library staff, and students’ recommendations. Suggestions for acquisitions can be make via electronic form at http://libguides.medlib.fiu.edu/friendly.php?s=COMlibrary/services, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 305-348-0643 to Knowledge Resource Development Librarian.
The following evaluation issues are considered before adding resources:
Tools for Selection
Multiple Formats and Copies
In general, the Library acquires material in one format only (except required textbooks), preferably electronic. If resource is not available electronically, the Library acquires one print copy unless there is necessity to acquire additional copy and funding is available.
Retention an Renewal
In addition to considering each factor in the SELECTION CRITERIA section, the Library also analyzes usage statistics to determine if the use of a resource justifies its continued maintenance and accessibility. The following criteria are considered:
The Library adheres to the following definitions and expectations regarding licensing:
Through the delegation from the FIU Office of the General Council, the Dean of the HWCOM and Senior Vice President of Health Affairs has the authority to approve and execute all license agreements that don’t exceed $500,000.
Responsibility Related to Library Resources
Evaluation, Selection, Acquisition, and Renewal
Selection is made on faculty, students, and library staff recommendations with JCR Rank and Doody’s Core Titles in the Health Sciences consult. The whole process is coordinated by the Knowledge Resource Development Librarian with advice of the Library Advisory Committee. Usage statistics of electronic resources serve as an important de-selection tool.
Presentation and Management of E-resources
All e-Resources are grouped as databases, e-books, and e-journals on the Medical Library web site at https://medlib.fiu.edu. All materials except of databases are cataloged in the FIU Libraries online catalog.
Publicity and Marketing
Knowledge Resource Development and Digital Learning & Information Technology Librarians manage publicity and marketing via e-mail, library news, and the Medical Library web site.
Donations of last edition of textbooks or unique and valuable materials compatible with the goals and purpose of the Library’s collections are welcomed, though the Library reserves the right to limit such gifts to those which substantially benefit the Library and are cost effective to acquire, catalog, process, maintain, and preserve. The Library assumes ownership of all donations and reserves the right to add donated materials to its collections, and to exchange, or discard them as appropriate. Appraisal and documentation of materials for tax purposes is generally the responsibility of the donor.
Implementation and Review
This policy will be revised as appropriate to reflect changes in the emerging and constantly changing electronic information environment.
Course Reserves Materials
Other (CD-ROMs & DVDs)