Library User policies

Lost and Found

The HSC Library is not responsible for the security of personal items brought into the library. Patrons are expected to keep their belongings, especially valuables (i.e., bags, electronic devices, textbooks, etc.) within their sight at all times.

Items that are left in the library, or found by other patrons and turned in to library staff, will be handled by the Library Access Services department. The Information Services Desk is designated as the central lost and found depository for the library. Lost items should be turned into “Lost and Found” as soon as possible, but no later than the end of the business on the day they are found.

Each lost and found item will be tagged and recorded in the Lost and Found Logbook upon receipt. Information recorded in the logbook will help to ensure items are accounted for and returned to the rightful owners. All found materials will be held in a secured area accessible to library staff only. If the item has a name or contact information, a staff member will attempt to contact the owner.

Lost and found items are kept for 30 days, unless they are claimed by the owner. After 30 days, unclaimed books will be considered for addition to the Libraries’ collection; all other items are turned over to University Police Department.

Lost items may be claimed anytime during the hours that the Information Services Desk is open. If a patron believes an item has been stolen, they should contact UPD or ask a library staff member to contact UPD for them.

Blue Room – 24 Hour Study Room

The Blue Room on the second floor – outside of our HSC Library, is a place for study on a 24-hour basis.

It is a designated quiet study area for use by students who are currently enrolled in one of the six HSC Colleges only. Cell phone use is not permitted. Do not speak above a whisper and keep any conversation to a minimum.
Periodic patrols are done by the University Police Department (UPD). Students without HSC ID’s may be asked to leave.

Food & Drink

The library allows food and drink within the library provided that it is not a distraction to other patrons.

Library users must clean up after themselves, and:

  • Discard trash in trashcans
  • Clean up spills whenever possible
  • Report spills to the nearest service desk.

Cell Phones and Pagers

HSC Library users are requested to set cell phones to vibrate. If that is not an option on your device please use the lowest ringer/alert volume.


The HSC Library exists primarily to serve the teaching and research needs of students, faculty, staff and other adult scholars who make up the University community. Neither our building nor our services were designed to meet the requirements of children.

Under no circumstances are children permitted in the Library if not accompanied by a responsible supervising adult. If you cannot avoid bringing a small child into the Library with you, please make your visit brief and observe the following precautions:

  • Be very careful of such hazards as: the elevators, electrical equipment, the open staircase, and automatic doors.
  • Children are not allowed at the public workstations or other terminals located in any areas of the Library. This expensive equipment is provided for scholarly research only.
  • Do not let your child disturb others.
  • You must keep your child at your side at all times.

Computer Use Policy

The Health Science Center Libraries provide public use computers to facilitate University community access to locally-held and remotely stored electronic data. Equipment and electronic resources are accessible during all library service hours. Staff are available to assist users with library equipment.

Please read and understand the Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources policy. This policy applies to any and all Information Technology Resources of the University of Florida. Library computer and network use must be in compliance with the above policy, all applicable local, state and federal laws, as well as library-specific software and electronic resource licensing agreements. Actions that constitute violation of these standards will be reported to the appropriate entities.

In compliance with the University of Florida’s computer use policy, the HSC Libraries require individuals to sign on with their GatorLink account in order to use library computers. Current UF students, faculty and staff are expected to have a GatorLink username and password. If you do not have a GatorLink account, you can create a new account by following the instructions at
The Libraries monitor all computer activity and have the right to examine any file, backup archive, electronic mail, or printer listing as part of normal system administration.

Actions viewed by the Libraries as disruptive, in violation of security policies, or constituting excessive use of computer or network resources may result in immediate termination of the computer session and loss of Library information technology access privileges. Examples of such actions may include, but are not limited to: display of pornographic material, deliberately crashing or vandalizing equipment, attempting to install software onto library computers or sharing your login username and password.

Recreational and commercial activities not related to meeting academic information needs of the University of Florida are prohibited.

Please report any violations of Library or University policies to a library staff member immediately.

Photo Policy

The UF Health Science Center Library (HSCL) routinely takes photos of users in the public areas for the purpose of creating and maintaining an environment conducive to the educational and research needs of UF students, faculty and staff. Photography or videotaping carried out by the HSCL is intended for internal use and is the property of the HSCL. In instances where these photos are used on the website, or for academic/promotional posters, etc, we will attempt to obtain a release, or make individual users unidentifiable. If you see an HSCL photographer taking photographs in your vicinity, and you would prefer that your photo isn’t taken, please let us know.


The first floor is designated for group collaboration. Conversation at a reasonable speaking level is permitted provided that you are mindful of the people around you.
The third floor is intended for individual study. It is a designated quiet area. Do not speak above a whisper and keep any conversation to a minimum. If you need to use your cell phone, please relocate to the library stairwell.
Loud or boisterous conversations among library patrons are not allowed on any floor. Individuals deemed disruptive to others will be asked to leave the library. Disorderly conduct, abusive language, or actions toward library staff or other users of the libraries may be reported to University officials and/or the UPD.

If at any time a situation gets out of control, the staff member/s involved should call UPD (392-1111) and report it. If the staff member or UPD sees fit, the persons involved may be issued a warning or be trespassed from the University.