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Medical Library: Services

Library Basics

Frequently Asked Questions

Access Privileges

Who can use the Medical Library?

The Medical Library is open to all who seek information and resources regarding medical science. In addition, if you are a faculty, student, or a staff member of FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, you can enter the library at any time by swiping your Panther ID card and will be given the full access to all library resources and services.

Who to contact if your card is not working to access the medical library if you replaced your Panther ID?
Please contact Duke Ingram at GL 323 to have card reprogrammed with Key Control.

Is the Medical Library open to the public?
Yes, the public can visit the medical library Mondays through Fridays from 10 am - 5 pm. Please let the library staff know by ringing a bell by the entrance door. The library staff will open the door for you. As the Medical Library serves primarily the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine of Florida International University, the use of some library resources, services, and facilities may be restricted to those affiliated with FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.

Who can use electronic resources available through the Medical Library web site?
Most of the electronic resources are available to the faculty, student, and staff of Florida International University with a currently valid Panther ID card both on-site and off-campus. A selected number of e-resources will be available to the faculty, student, and staff of FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine only, and a few resources will be accessible only on-site through the public-access computers inside the Medical Library.

Borrowing Library Materials

How do I find out whether the Medical Library has a particular book, journal, or an article?
The books and journals available at the Medical Library can be searched at the FIU Libraries Online Catalog. If you need to look up a particular journal article, please try Citation Linker. The Medical Library also has some books that are not cataloged in the online catalog. Library users are welcome to browse all library materials on the library stacks. Please note that some library materials are allowed for use only inside the library. If you need to access materials on Course Reserves, please ask the library staff at the Help Desk.

How do I check out library materials?
The library materials can be checked out at the Medical Library Help Desk near the entrance door with a currently valid Panther ID card. Only the Medical Library materials can be handled at the Help Desk. Please note that the library materials that belong to Green Library cannot be checked out or returned at the Medical Library Help Desk.

How do I renew library materials?
The library materials can be renewed online at the My Account section of the FIU Libraries Online Catalog. The library staff will also be able to renew your borrowed items for you either in person at the library of by phone. Please note that you are allowed to renew borrowed library materials only a certain number of times. Contact the Medical Library Help Desk (305-348-1466) if you have any questions.

Electronic Resources

How do I access electronic resources remotely outside the campus? 
Go to the Medical Library web site and click the link for a particular e-resource that you would like to access. Enter your library account number and password when prompted. Please note that for the remote access, you need an active library account. If you have not done so already, please contact Green Library Circulation Desk (305-348-2451) or activate it online.

I can't access electronic resources with my username and password.
Please follow the steps below to troubleshoot. If you still experience an issue after trying them, please contact Jorge Perez, Digital Learning and Information Technology Librarian.

- Your current Panther ID card is issued when you are hired or enrolled in a class at FIU. 
- Activate your library card by either contacting Green Library Circulation Desk at 305-348-2451 or online
- Identify the e-resource that you would like to access. 
- If prompted, enter your 14-digit barcode number printed on the back of your Panther ID card. This is your library card number. 
- After a successful log-in, if you still experience a problem, check the URL in your web browser. 
- If the URL contains "ezproxy.fiu.edu" (e.g. http://accessscience.com.ezproxy.fiu.edu/xyz.html), you are successfully connected to FIU E-Resources via the FIU Proxy Server. 
- The part, "ezproxy.fiu.edu", will be displayed only when you are accessing e-resources remotely outside the FIU campus. 
- If you do not see ".ezproxy.fiu.edu" inside of your URL, then go to here (https://login.ezproxy.fiu.edu/login), log-in with the 14-digit library card number, and then navigate to the e-resource that you would like to access in the same web browser. 
- Do not use any bookmarks that you have previously created in your browser as it may cause losing your connection to the FIU Proxy server.

How do I find full-text articles? Full-text articles can be found using the Citation Linker. If a particular journal is available in an electronic format, you will see the journal in the result with the coverage range. If you are unable to locate an article you need either in an electronic nor in a print format in FIU Libraries, you can contact the library staff in order to request an interlibrary Loan service.

Using the Library

How do I find a book or a journal that I need? The books and journals available at the Medical Library can be searched at the FIU Libraries Online Catalog. If you need to look up a particular journal article, please try Citation Linker. The Medical Library also has some books that are not cataloged in the online catalog. Library users are welcome to browse all library materials on the library stacks. Please note that some library materials are allowed for use only inside the library. If you need to access materials on Course Reserve, please ask the library staff at the Help Desk.

How do I find a study space? The Medical Library has a number of study carrels available for private study. There is also a group study room where you can use a projector and a big screen connected to a computer. In order to use study carrels, the group study room, and other equipment including a projector and a laptop, ask help at the Help Desk (305-348-1466). Please note that these resources are available to those affiliated with FIU College of Medicine only. You will be asked to present your currently valid Panther ID card.

How do I place materials on Course Reserves? If you are an instructor teaching a class at FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, please fill out the Course Reserve Request form located to the right top of this web page under the tab Course Reserve Request Form. Allow 2-5 business days for the request to be processed.

Can I bring food and drinks into the library? Drinks in a covered container and snacks are allowed in the Medical Library. No meals or drinks without a cover are allowed. Please understand that you are responsible for keeping your food and drinks from preventing others to use library resources and services. Please be courteous to others using the library with you and be sure to keep the space where you keep your food and drinks clean.

Research Help

How do I find help for my term/research papers? The Medical Library provides help for the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine students in various ways for the classes, term papers, and research. If you need help with your papers, you can meet for consultation with a librarian in GL  323 or by contacting the Help Desk at 305-348-1466.

How do I request a book or an article that is not available from FIU libraries? f you are unable to locate a book, journal, or a journal article that you need either in an electronic or in a print format in FIU Libraries, you can request an interlibrary Loan (ILL) by fillling out the Interlibrary Loan to the top left of this web page under the tab Interlibrary Loan Request Form. Please note that the interlibrary Loan service from the Medical Library is available to only those affiliated with FIU College of Medicine for medicine-related materials.

Questions and Comments

How do I suggest items for library purchase? Please submit a request using the purchase recommendation form located on the top right corner of this web page under the  Purchase Recommendation Form.

I would like to send a question, comment, or a feedback on library service.  The Medical Library welcomes all questions, comments, and feedback on library resources, facilities, equipment, and services.  Please use the fill out the contact us form located under the Contact Us tab on medical library website.

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Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Medical Library
305 348-1466 (phone)
305 348-0631 (fax)
11200 SW 8th Street, GL 380
Miami, FL 33199