Employees must have a Scientific Library account to check out materials from the Library. Anyone interested in an account should visit the Library, in Building 549 or the ATRF, and complete a form. The form is available for printing here. An NIH PIV card is necessary for off-site access to the Library’s electronic resources and for access to the document delivery request form. An NIH PIV card or a registered barcode is necessary 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 Materials Shelf for 2 weeks before circulating.

Circulation times for library materials:
Books and Kindles 8 weeks with 1 renewal (4 weeks)
Books with holds 2 weeks with NO renewals
Reserve books 4 weeks with 1 renewal
Audiovisuals 2 weeks with 1 renewal
Journals, reference books and microforms do NOT circulate

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A copy machine and a microform reader/printer 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.

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

Please check the table above to see if your items can be renewed. If a renewal is permitted, you may renew by phone, in person, or online via your Library Account. All materials are subject to recall by the Library at any time.

  • Renew by phone – call 301-846-1093 to request assistance from a Library staff member.
  • Renew in person – Visit the Library, in Building 549 or the ATRF, and stop at the Circulation Desk or Library office to request a renewal.
  • Renew online – On the OneSearch Home page choose the “Sign in” option in the upper right corner of the screen. Log in using your NIH Login or Scientific Library Account login credentials (for patrons who aren’t NIH employees). After logging in, choose your name in the upper right corner of the screen, and choose Library Card from the dropdown menu. Choose the Loans tab, and select the “Renew” link beside the title that needs renewal.