library policies

Services for the Disabled and Differently Abled

The Health Sciences Library is committed to providing everyone equal access to library programs, services, and materials. If you require special assistance, advance notice is appreciated as it allows us to meet your needs more efficiently. Please call (303) 724-2111 or 724-2152 for more information.

Handicapped parking is available for a fee in the following lots:


Special Collections/Rare Books

We welcome your use of our resources, and ask that you follow these rules in order to help us preserve the condition of our materials for future users.

Use of Rare materials is by appointment only.

Please call at least a day in advance to make an appointment and let us know which items you wish to use, so we can have them ready for you.

Services and Fees by Patron Category

Who Gets What?

The Health Sciences Library is funded by University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (CU Anschutz) and the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) to health sciences programs and personnel. The library’s primary users include students currently enrolled at CU Anschutz, health sciences faculty and staff paid by the University, UCH employees and other types of patrons such as retired health sciences faculty. Please see below for more detail.

Primary users of the library receive all library services at either optimal cost or no cost along with remote/off campus access to licensed online content (see chart below).

Retired Health Sciences faculty are considered primary users with all library privileges. Registration required along with verification from the library's Access staff of the retired status from one of the CU Anschutz campus schools.

Although the mission of the library is to support our primary customers, the physical library is open to the public and other affiliated users who do not hold primary patron status. Physical materials and most electronic resources are available in-library to these secondary patrons, affiliated or not. Selected additional library services may be provided to non-primary users on a fee-for-service basis.

See the chart below for more specific information describing library privileges by customer category.

Library Access Levels: Primary and Secondary Patrons
Library Cards and Online Access Eligibility

Customer Categories Library Card Eligibility Access to Online Licensed Content
(e-journals, full text databases, etc.)
Primary Patrons

-- CU Anschutz Faculty and Staff paid by the University.
-- Students Currently Enrolled in CU Anschutz Heath Sciences Schools.
-- Regular CU Anschutz Faculty Paid by Affiliate (National Jewish, VAMC, Denver Health, etc.). 
-- CU Anschutz Volunteer Faculty of all sorts authorized by School: Clinical, Adjunct/Adjoint, Preceptor, etc. 
-- Retired CU Anschutz Faculty.
-- CU Anschutz Residents paid by the University (on file and payroll with GME/SOM).
-- CU Anschutz Fellows and Visiting Scholars
-- CU Anschutz Visiting Students verified by College/School programs.
-- University of Colorado Hospital Aurora (UCH) paid staff.
-- UPI Employees.
-- CU Regents Board Members. 

May check out materials,
free borrowing card

No restrictions.

Remote, off campus and on-site access.

Registration may be required*
for some products.

Secondary Patrons

-- CU Anschutz Alumni (paid members).
-- CU Anschutz Volunteer Staff. 
-- University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) Volunteers.
-- Residents paid by other health organizations/hospitals: TCH, Denver Health, etc.
-- Non-University Fellows.
-- Other CU Faculty, Staff, and Students: Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs.
-- CCML Members. 
-- DU students and faculty.

May check out materials,
free borrowing card.

May use on-site only.

Remote off campus access NOT allowed.

All Others Library Card Eligibility Access to Online Licensed Content
(e-journals, full text databases, etc.)

Colorado Public, Residents of the State.

May check out materials with a borrowing card through two options:

Option 1: Free borrowing card with proof of Colorado Libraries Collaborate (CLC) library account.

Option 2: If no account with another Colorado library which participates in CLC, 
borrowing card may be purchased for $200.00 per year or $100.00 for six month card.

May use on-site only. 

Remote off campus access NOT allowed.

See Also:

Volunteer Clinical Faculty (VCF), Preceptors, Contributing Faculty

Volunteer Clinical/Adjunct/Preceptor Faculty verified by the library as approved by the appropriate School/College are eligible for online access.

*Registration may be required

CU Anschutz Faculty, Students, Staff and other primary patrons

Your institutional ID is all you need to check out books and other items. Use the same PassportID username and password that you use on UCDAccess to access databases and online journal articles from off campus.

Your institutional ID (student ID or employee ID) is probably already registered with the library.


Please speak with the Access librarians at 303-724-2145 or 303-724-2139 or by email.


Responsible Use of Online Resources

The Health Sciences Library licenses and funds access to online information resources for the non-profit educational, clinical, and research uses of current faculty, staff, and students of the University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus and the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH). The use of these resources is governed by license agreements contractually negotiated between the library and publishers/vendors.


Conduct Policy

The primary mission of the Health Sciences Library at Anschutz Medical Center is to serve students, faculty, and staff of the University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus. The library’s collections and resources including facilities are also available to University of Colorado students, faculty, and staff, Colorado health care practitioners, and members of the general public expressing information needs.

Users of the library have a right to expect the following:



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