Borrow, Request, Return


Locating Books and Journals

Library Search provides access to the combined resources of the Rowan University Libraries including print and online books and journals. It also provides access to library account details like loans, requests, and fees. Access Library Search via the Hope Brings Strength Health Sciences Library website. Contact staff with questions at 856-566-6800 or

Circulation Policies

Circulation policies apply to items borrowed from both the Hope Brings Strength Health Sciences Library at Stratford and the library-supported Learning Commons at Sewell (collectively the Hope Brings Strength Libraries).

Patrons must present their own Rowan-Virtua SOM ID badge and be in good standing with Rowan University Libraries to borrow. Borrowers assume responsibility for all their library materials and should not lend them to other persons. Borrowers are responsible for materials returned in a damaged or unusable condition, or items never returned. Library materials are the University’s property and should not be altered, including being written in/on, dog-eared, or damaged in any other way.

Loan Periods

Collection Borrowing Period Borrow up to
Reserve (Course Books) 7 days/one week 2 items at a time
Board Review 28 days/one month 4 items at a time
Books 56 days/two months 50 items at a time
Journals in-library use only N/A
Reference in-library use only N/A

Overdue Items

It is a borrower’s responsibility to know when a borrowed item is due. Patrons with overdue items may be blocked from borrowing additional materials. Items overdue by 90 days or more are considered lost. The Hope Brings Strength Libraries do not charge overdue fines; however, borrowers may be charged a replacement fee, plus a $25 processing fee, for lost, damaged, or long overdue items. Replacement fees are equivalent to the actual replacement cost of the item. Failure to return overdue materials and resolve outstanding fees may result in a diploma hold.

In addition, any fines or fees charged by a lending library for overdue, damaged, or lost interlibrary loan materials will be added to the user’s account.

Any borrower who repeatedly does not return items by their due date, is non-responsive to overdue notices, and/or who damages materials may have borrowing privileges temporarily or permanently blocked at the discretion of library staff.  Borrowers may also be referred to the appropriate dean, supervisor, or department chair for disciplinary action.


Rowan-Virtua SOM faculty, staff, and students may request print books from any Rowan University Library for pickup at the Hope Brings Strength Library at Stratford OR the library-supported Learning Commons (Room B200) at Rowan Medicine-Sewell. See our guide for more information.


Books can be returned to either the Hope Brings Strength Library at Stratford or the Sewell Learning Commons. Both campuses have book drops for 24/7 returns. After returning a book, borrowers are not eligible to check out the same book again until 24 hours later unless an identical duplicate copy is available.