Employees must have a Scientific Library account to use the Library. Anyone interested in having an account should visit the Library in Bldg. 549 or at the ATRF, and complete a form. The registered barcode is necessary for off-site access to the Library's website, for use of the computers in the Library, for access to the document delivery request forms, and for checking out materials from the Library's physical collection.

Only employees may check out books and other circulating materials. All new books and media are displayed on the new book shelf for 2 weeks before they circulate. Circulation times for library materials:

Books and Kindles 4 weeks
Books with holds 2 weeks
Audiovisuals 7 days
Journals, reference books and microforms do not circulate

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How do I renew items that I have checked out from the Scientific Library?

You may renew items ONCE by phone, in person, or online via your Library Account, unless another person has placed a hold on the item. All materials are subject to recall by the Library at any time.

  • By Phone - call 301-846-5848 to request assistance from a staff member.
  • In Person - when you visit the Library, stop at the Circulation Desk in Bldg. 549 or at the ATRF, where a staff member will renew your items for you and give you the new due date.
  • Online - Locate the My Account/Renew Items option on the Library's homepage. A link to your account is also available under "Quick Links" in the Online Catalog, located in the column on the left side.

Once you reach your account login page - you will be asked to type your full name, and your patron barcode (no spaces), which is located on the back of your employee ID card. Those who have registered their NIH badges with the Scientific Library will use the embedded barcode (personal identifier number) located on the back of their NIH badges.

  • Click on "...Items currently checked out" to view the materials you have checked out.
  • You can either renew selected items by placing a check in the box next to items on the list and clicking on "Renew Selected Items," OR click on "Renew All" to renew everything you have checked out.
  • If you are successful, a new due date will be displayed in the "STATUS" column. Otherwise, a message of "RENEW NOT ALLOWED" will appear on the screen.
  • Always check the STATUS column for information on the success or failure of your renewal.

Microform reader/printer and copying machines are available for patron use in the Library.

Circulation records are confidential. If you need information from a book that is checked out, please contact us.