Medical Library Policies



The mission of the James H. Quillen College of Medicine Library is to provide access to the information and materials that support the teaching, research and public service programs of the East Tennessee State University in general and the Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy in particular. The library supports these programs by acquiring, organizing, managing, and preserving medical information in its own collections; by providing access to medical information which it does not own and which may be located elsewhere; by offering a variety of supportive reference and instruction services to the students, staff and faculty of the College and the University; by providing library related outreach services to health professionals and the general public in the East Tennessee region; and by sharing information resources reciprocally with other libraries and institutions in the area, state, region, nation and the world.

The College of Medicine Library endeavors to provide leadership in the access, management, and use of medical information; to review and improve each of its programs and collections continuously; to budget its finite resources creatively; to secure sources of funding and other resources outside the normal state allocation process; and to apply technology appropriately in service of scholarship.

Library Hours:

  • Sunday 1:00 p.m. - Midnight  
  • Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. - Midnight
  • Saturday 10:00 a.m. - Midnight

Doors are locked & photocopy machines are turned off 15 minutes prior to closing. Summer & holiday schedules will be posted.


  • Phone: (423) 439-6253
  • Book Drop: Located at the west side of building #119.
  • Borrowing Privileges:

ETSU/College of Medicine students, staff, and faculty use ETSU identification cards to check out materials. Local residents may apply for a community borrowers card.


Loan Period



28 days – Students

90 days – Faculty

14 days – Community





3 days



3 day – Board Materials


Student Reserve

2 hours-In Library use only. Instructor copies & requests


Audio Visuals

Audio Digest - 1 week

Videotapes - 1 week

Slides - 1 week




Hold & Recall

All circulating books in the library (except those on reserve) may be placed on hold or recalled. If an item is needed for class instruction, the library reserves the right to recall it immediately. Failure to comply will result in fines and/or loss of library privileges. Please call or visit the Circulation Desk (439-6253) for further information or how to place a hold or recall.

Fines - Overdue Materials

Books, journals, audio-digest cassettes, videotapes

25¢ per day

Overnight Reserve

50¢ per hour

 3 Day Board Reserve

 $1.00 per day


Photocopying & Printing

ETSU faculty, staff, and students may use their University photo ID card as a copy card. All other patrons and ETSU departments may purchase a copy card from the copy card vending machine for $1.00 (60¢ for the card / 40¢ toward copies).

Color laser copies from books, journals, disks, etc. are available in room 217 on the 2nd floor for 75¢ per page. Someone will assist you from 8:00-4:30 M-F.

For copyright-related issues please see this guide.


Reference Services

  • Phone: (423) 439-6254
  • Free literature searches available for ETSU faculty and staff
  • Bibliographic instruction
  • Voyager & database training upon request
  • Reference Librarian available 9:00-5:30 and by appointment


Please limit your consumption of food to the Refreshment Center on the 2nd floor. Beverages are allowed in all areas of the library except where computers are located.



Bulletin Board

Posting public notices is permitted on the basement bulletin board, but all items must be date stamped and approved in the main office (2nd floor).



Computers Available

 1st floor and 2nd Floor: For use by ETSU Students with a username and password.  Guest access provided on request



Locating Library Materials

  • Voyager- Online Catalog of library holdings.
  • PubMed - Web-based medical database.
  • Reserve Sections
    • § Student Reserve - Located behind the Circulation Desk. Checkout: 2 hours.
    • § Board Review materials - Located on the first range of shelving in the Reference Room. Check out: 3 days.
  • Circulating Collection - 1st floor West
  • Oversize Section - Atlases, etc., 1st floor West
  • Journal Collection
    • Recent + last 4 years -- 1st floor East
    • 5 years or older -- Basement
  • Government Documents- 1st Floor Reference
  • Historical Collection - Carnegie Library are all pre-1950 books and journals (restricted access, please ask at Circulation or ILL desk)




 Phone: (423) 439-8071

 Our outreach department provides:

  • Document delivery services
  • Consumer Health Information services to Tri-Cities metropolitan area
  • Hospital Library services to rural facilities in East Tennessee
  • Clinical Medical Library services to ETSU Residents
  • Instructional services for health care professionals: PDA, PubMed, Medline Plus



  •  Phone: (423) 439-7032 / fax: (423) 439-8033
  •  Faculty, staff, and students may request materials that are not available in the library. Include the (AN) or (UI) number for each citation if available.
  •  Forms are located at the Circulation Desk, and on the Medical Library’s webpage -   Fees are:

Medical, Biomedical Graduate Students

$1.00 (non-refundable) + charges of lending library

ETSU Personnel Affiliated Hospital Libraries

$2.00 (non-refundable) + charges of lending library


$11.00 per article + charges of lending library

Verification of incorrect citations

$2.00 per citation


Please remember:

 The Medical Library enforces the ETSU policy of a tobacco free campus.