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Checking Out Materials

OCOM students, faculty, and staff may borrow library materials with a current OCOM ID. OCOM alumni and licensed Chinese medicine practitioners who practice in the Portland metropolitan area may apply for a library card to obtain borrowing privileges. There is an annual fee of $35 for non-alumni practitioners.

How many items can I check out at a time?

For OCOM students and staff, there is no limit on the number of items you can simultaneously check out. Our rule of thumb is, check out as many as you can manage; if you have 20 books checked out and they are just a couple of days late, that can add up quickly.

Alumni and local practitioners with library accounts may check out up to five items at a time.

What if OCOM doesn't own a book I'm looking for?

OCOM Library has reciprocal borrowing agreements with the libraries of National University of Natural Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, and the University of Western States, collectively known as the Portland Area Health Libraries (PAHL). Materials from these libraries can be requested using Primo Library Search.

OCOM students, staff, or faculty who would like to check out materials not owned by a PAHL library may find and request items using WorldCat Discovery, or by filling out an Interlibrary Loan Request request.

How long can I check an item out for?

The check-out period for all material from the general collection is three weeks. The check-out period for class reserve items is 24-hours; materials are never due on the weekends, so reserve items that are checked out on Fridays are due Monday mornings at 9AM. Electronics such as iPads, laptops and phone chargers have different circulation policies (generally either a 4-hour or a 24-hour checkout period).

Doctoral students may keep borrowed materials, including monographs and audiovisual materials, until the first day of the next monthly campus visit (approximately 4 weeks). This does not apply to class reserve materials and items that have a waiting list.

Reference materials, journals, and student papers are for library use only.

How do I place a hold on a book?

Borrowers may place a hold on materials from OCOM by requesting online using their OCOM Library Card, or with the staff person at the circulation/information desk; requesting items from OHSU, NUNM, or UWS is restricted to current OCOM students, staff and faculty. The requester will be contacted by email once the item becomes available. The item will be held for the borrower for a week and will be returned to regular circulation if it is not picked up.

My materials are overdue. How much do I owe in late fees?

Late fees do not accrue during school breaks, weekends, and school recognized holidays. Reserve materials accrue fees Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm. At the end of each academic term, students who accrue more than $5 in fines will be billed in Populi.

Library fines for overdue items accrue at the following rates:

How do I renew my materials?

You can use your library card to renew materials online in our online catalog. Additionally, you can stop by the library during regular library hours, call the library, or email the library to renew materials.

I lost / damaged an item. What happens next?

Materials ten weeks overdue (two weeks in the case of class reserve materials) will be treated as lost materials. The lost/damaged material charge including replacement cost of the item and a $5 processing fee will be assessed.

If you lost or damaged an item, let a librarian know immediately to stop your account from accruing additional late fees. If a book is damaged, bring it in so a librarian can assess if it needs to be replaced. You will be billed for the cost of the replacement, plus a $5 processing fee. Alumni and local practitioners must pay for lost items prior to checking out additional materials.