Library Departments


Information and Education Services, located in Room C932 of the library, is available to help you use the library's specialized collection of books, journals, electronic and print reference sources and specialized indexes. We can help you formulate and execute your own computer searches using databases such as MEDLINE, InfoRetriever and MDConsult. We will  help you locate materials, find that elusive piece of missing information or look up a definition for you over the phone.

The Information and Education Services staff can also organize demonstrations and classes tailored to your needs to help you use the library resources. See the Smith Library homepage for information about scheduled library classes. We can arrange group orientations and tours of the library. The above services are available to University students, faculty and staff.

The Reference Desk is located on the Main Floor of the George F. Smith Library.


The Circulation Department is located adjacent to the entrance to the George F. Smith Library of the Health Sciences. This department is responsible for checking out materials from the circulating collections of the Library, for checking borrowed materials back in, and for re-shelving materials. Course reserve materials, including books and photocopied articles, are housed at the Circulation Desk. Vendacards used to purchase photocopies or laser printouts may be obtained at the Circulation Desk; the cards are re-useable and may have copy value added at this location also. In addition, Circulation staff search the Library’s collection for missing books and place holds on items already in Circulation. Keys to the Small Group Study Rooms located on the upper (CR) level are available here.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service that is provided by the Smith Library to obtain materials not in our collection in a timely manner. The Library also has a Pull & Copy Service; articles are retrieved from the Library’s collection and copied or scanned for the requestor for a nominal fee.

Qualified requestors may obtain books, dissertations, audiovisual materials, and photocopies of journal articles not available in the Smith Library. Materials may be requested from another Rutgers University campus library or from libraries throughout the United States.

Some requests may not be able to be filled. For example, copies of dissertations or audiovisuals may not be lent by their holding libraries. Most libraries will not lend items from their reference or reserve collections or complete volumes/issues of journals.

Media Center

The Computer and Media Center of the Library houses a wide variety of audiovisual and microcomputer materials for health sciences curriculum support and continuing education, as well as general application software. Audiovisual formats include DVDs, CD-Roms, 1/2" VHS and 3/4" U-matic videocassettes, slides, and audiocassettes. The hardware designed to run these programs can be found in the Center's viewing rooms. Both Apple Macintosh and PC compatible software and hardware are available. A local area network links the computers to printers and provides access to full-text electronic reference works, the University's computer network and the World Wide Web. The Center's Web page provides access to an extensive listing of links to multimedia resources and image databases that support the educational pursuits of our faculty and students.

The staff conducts classes in microcomputer applications programs, computer-assisted instruction packages, diagnostic software databases, and the use of audiovisuals; assists patrons in accessing and using the Center's software and hardware collection, and in locating materials from other sources. The staff also supplies faculty with information regarding holdings which may serve as a basis for class assignments.