Information for Alumni

The George F. Smith Library of the Health Sciences in Newark offers a variety of services to alumni of all programs based on the Newark and Scotch Plains campuses. Graduates of other University campuses should contact their campus's library or their respective alumni office for information regarding library services. For questions about the library and the services we provide to alumni contact us at 973-972-9551

University Libraries often receives requests from alumni for access to our licensed online books, journals, and databases, which are legally restricted to current students, faculty, and staff only.  To date, costs to include alumni in our product licenses have been prohibitively expensive. Alumni may visit any University campus library in person to use resources onsite at no charge. 

Please see below for descriptions of specific services.

Borrowing Privileges

Alumni are welcome to visit the Smith Library and to use any of our print or electronic resources while there. Alumni are also offered borrowing privileges, with 4 ‐ week loan, and 25 book limit.

Reference Services

Alumni may request reference assistance by using the "Ask a Librarian" form located on campus library Web sites. Additionally, librarians are available to assist you in locating information on a walk-in basis at any campus library. The "Ask a Librarian" service will provide answers to short, factual questions; for more in-depth research questions, it is best to schedule a consultation with a librarian. Go to Smith Library to connect with the "Ask a Librarian" service.

Alumni may request that librarians perform literature searches for them by calling 973-972-4358. Standard fees apply.

Online Resources

Alumni are welcome to visit the Library and access all online licensed resources. Off-campus access to most e-journals and databases is licensed for current students, faculty, and staff only. Off campus access to licensed resources cannot be extended to alumni.

Document Delivery/ ILL Services

Interlibrary loan services are not available to alumni.

Photocopy ("pull & copy") services are also not available to alumni. Self-service copying at all public copy machines is permitted to any user of a University library, so alumni visitors are free to copy articles onsite.

You may want to request specific items from University libraries through your local public library, or through your hospital or college/university library if so affiliated. Alternatively, you can also consider Loansome Doc service, which is a fee-based way to obtain copies of articles. Contact ILL 973-972-5319 for details. Loansome Doc allows registered users to request articles found on PubMed, ordering them directly with a contracted library.


Newark and Scotch Plains alumni may use computers located in the first and third rows on the main level of the library; these are in the rows located closest to the Information Desk. This equipment does not require authentication to use.


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