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Leslie and Irene Dubé Health Sciences Library

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Facts and Figures

  • We are the second largest branch library at the University of Saskatchewan
  • We opened in 1970
  • We serve the colleges of Dentistry, Kinesiology, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy and Nutrition, and the Schools of Physical Therapy and Public Health
  • We subscribe to over 200 current print journals and over 5000 electronic journals, and have over 52,000 books
  • We house 3 specialized collections: Brodie History of Medicine, Baltzan Medical Canadiana, and Abram Hoffer Orthomolecular Collection
  • We provide access to 18 PC computers, 4 Mac computers, 3 public access computers, photocopier/scanners, a black-and-white and a colour printer, open network lines and access to the U of S wireless network

Address, Phone and Fax Numbers

Leslie & Irene Dubé Health Sciences Library
Room E1400, Academic Health Sciences Building
104 Clinic Place
Saskatoon SK
S7N 2Z4
Telephone: (306) 966-5991 Facsimile: (306) 966-5918

Borrowing Material

Who may borrow from the Health Sciences Library?

  • All current students, faculty, and staff at the U of S may borrow up to 150 items (exceptions apply).
  • U of S Alumni can borrow up to 10 items with a valid alumni card available from the Alumni Office. This does not include access to university owned electronic resources.
  • External borrowers not affiliated with the U of S may purchase a borrower's card from the library at the cost $150.00 per year. This allows borrowing of books and journals. This does not include accessing university owned electronic resources.
If I forget my card, can I just give my student number?
  • Your Campus ID card contains all the information necessary to borrow materials. Other forms of identification lack important information the library needs.
How do I renew books?
    • In Person: it is not necessary to bring books to the library to renew them. They can be renewed by you on our website: Renew your Books.
  • How often can I renew books?
    2 renewals are permitted if no holds are placed on the books.
Can I recommend a book for the library to purchase?
  • Certainly! Use our online form to send us suggestions.
The catalogue says that the book (or journal) is on the shelf, but it's not. Where would it be?
  • Items may be behind the circulation desk waiting for reshelving, being used by someone in the library, being repaired, being photocopied, or just plain lost! Or maybe it's in another branch location
  • Please ask at the circulation desk if you cannot find an item

Returning Material

Do I have to return material to the same library it was signed out from?

  • Material can be returned to any library, with the exception of reserve material. Return reserve material to the library it was signed out from.

Lost Material

What happens if I lose Library material?
  • When you sign out library material, you are responsible for its safe return. If the material is lost, you will be charged the replacement cost of the item, plus a $30.00 processing fee.

Reserve Material

My professor said that he/she put material "on reserve". What does that mean?
  • This is usually required reading for the class. It is held behind the circulation desk, and can be signed out for a short time, ranging from 2 hours to 3 days. You need to have a call number for staff to retrieve reserve items for you. Look it up from the Catalogue.
Can I take reserve material out overnight?
  • Most books on reserve may be signed out over night after 4:30 P.M. They are due back the next morning one hour after the Library opens. However, there are some exceptions! Please inquire at the circulation desk for more information.
Can I take reserve material out of the library?
  • Some materials can leave the Library to be photocopied. Let staff know if you'd like to take it out of the library.


Where is the photocopier?

  • A photocopier is located on the first floor of the library by the bookable group study rooms.
Where can I buy a photocopy card?
  • Copicards can be purchased at the circulation desk with cash only. There are two denominations available: $5.00 (consists of $4.25 of copies + $0.75 recycling fee) and $10.00 (consists of $9.25 of copies + $0.75 recycling fee).

    Can I use change at the photocopier?
  • Yes you can. The Health Sciences Library has one coin operated machine that accepts nickels, dimes, quarters, loonies,  and toonies!
Where can I get change?
  • Change is not provided in the Health Sciences Library.
Can I use my copy card from another university?
  • No, cards from other institutions will not work and often jam up our card readers!
Can I make transparencies in the photocopiers?
  • No, they melt!

Information Technology

What is an NSID?

  • NSID stands for "Network Services ID" and consists of a username and password that provides access to most computer and network services on campus including e-mail, software, protected webpages, and storage space for your own documents.
  • NSID's are available only to faculty, staff and students of the U of S and can be obtained from or the Help Desk in Room 70 Arts Building, or the IT Help Desk in the Health Sciences Library or Murray Library.
Where is the computer lab?
  • If all library computer terminals are in use, there is a computer lab with 24 PC computers located in room A203 in the Health Sciences Building.
Can I install my own software on a library computer?
  • Unfortunately, not. However, there is a piece of software on the Learning Commons machines called Videolan which allows you to open most cd's or dvd's.
  • Can I download information from the Internet on to my own storage device?
  • You can only do this on a Learning Commons computer.

Can I use wireless technology in the library?

  • A wireless environment enables you to access the University network (email, mainframe applications, shared folders, printers, etc.) and the Internet in a high speed, secure environment without the need for wires and cables. Wireless access is available in all the libraries: Education & Music, Engineering, Health Sciences, Law , Murray (1st, 2nd, and 5th floors), Science, and Veterinary Medicine.


What journals does the Health Sciences Library currently receive?
  • You can use the Catalogue to find out whether we subscribe to a journal (print or online). Change the Search box menu from "Word" to "Title" and change "Entire Collection" to "All Journal Titles". Then type in the name of the journal you are interested in.
Can all journals be borrowed?
  • Journals can be borrowed for three weeks and 2 renewals except for unbound journals which can be borrowed for 3 days because of high demand. Journals fines for late returns or late renewals are $1.00 per day.
Do I need a call number to find journals in the Health Sciences Library?
  • No, Health Sciences journals are arranged alphabetically by their title such as "Archives of Internal Medicine" would be found under "A" for "Archives"
  • Every word in a title counts in the alphabetical sequence, for example within the title "Journal of the American Geriatric Association", the words "of" and "the" count in the alphabetical sequence
  • Sometimes locating a certain journal or a certain volume can be confusing. Please inquire at the circulation desk if you can't find something you are looking for. We are more than happy to help you out!
How do I find a journal when the name of the journal is actually an abbreviation, such as JAMA or BMJ?
  • Pretend that the abbreviation is actually a word, and look for it in alphabetical order
My journal title seems to be abbreviated. How do I find out what it stands for?
  • You can check your abbreviation at PubMed's Journal Database
  • To check journal titles in our library catalogue, you must enter the full title and not just the abbreviation! 
How can I tell which journals are "peer reviewed"?
  • This can be tricky! Some databases such as ABI/Inform Global allow you to check off the option "Show articles from peer reviewed publications only". The articles that appear will be from a "peer reviewed" publication.
  • The other option is to check the title in the database ""
    • check the graphics that appear beside the journal title (one indicates that it is peer-reviewed)
  • If you need any help, please ask!

Electronic Journals

What electronic journals are available in the health sciences?

  • You can search the journal titles that are available from our Electronic Journals page and browse by title, category, publisher, or recent addition.
I got to the publisher's site, but I'm being asked for a user ID and password. What do I do now?
  • Unfortunately, prompting for a user ID and password often means we no longer have access to the title
  • Let a library staff member know and we will investigate the status of the title


What is a database?

  • A collection of data organized so that its contents can be accessed easily. Examples would be the library catalogue, or PubMed, a database of medical journal article citations
Which database should I use for my paper?
  • This all depends on the topic of your paper, since different databases focus on different subject areas. Check here for a listing of Databases by Subject Area. Still unsure? Please ask a librarian - we'd be glad to help!

Connecting from Home

I'd like to search the library catalogue and do some research from home....How do I do this?

  • From the library homepage, you can log into the library site on the left hand side of the screen using your NSID/password and then simply search the catalogue as you would normally
  • If you do not logon initially and you reach a database or online journal that has restricted access, you will be asked for your NSID and password.  Enter this information and search as you normally would.
  • After regular library hours, you can also access the the Learning Commons computers remotely. Check out our remote access information page

Research Assistance

I can't find what I'm looking for. My assignment is due on Monday! Can someone help me?

  • We strongly encourage you to ask us for assistance.
I'm starting a research proposal/project, but need some guidance. Is this available?
  • If you need in-depth assistance, please contact us to make an appointment.

Library Orientations

I'd like my class to become familiar with the library. How do I book an orientation session?

  • Please contact the appropriate Liaison Librarian to book a session for your class. 


Leslie & Irene Dubé Health Sciences Library E1400 - 104 Clinic Place, Saskatoon, SK, S7N 2Z4 Telephone: (306) 966-5991
Facsimile: (306) 966-5918