Questions may range from basic directional or procedural questions to in-depth mediated searching.  In the case of most reference transactions, it is the goal of the library staff to inform
and educate the users on how to conduct their own searches.

Below is a list of available reference services:



The following searches and services are not conducted by the medical library staff, although users with such questions or needs will be referred appropriately.



For more information, please see the library's Reference Policy.
If you would like assistance, please fill out the following online form to send your research request to the librarian.


Lit Search Request form

You can expect a response within 1-2 business days.
Questions submitted during the weekend will be answered the next business day.



Locate journal articles using the UCSF Digital Library.



Request an Article form

Please be aware that it may take several days for your article to arrive. In most cases, journal articles will be delivered electronically via email. Delivery method is dependent upon the lending library or service.


Library materials may be checked out by UCSF Fresno residents, fellows, faculty, and staff for a 2-week period. Bring the desired book(s) to the librarian who will record the information in the library's automated circulation system, CyberTools.

Interlibrary Loans may be requested for books available from local medical libraries or from other University of California campuses. 



UCSF Fresno faculty, residents and fellows with a current library borrower account are eligible to borrow iPads. Borrowers agree to assume responsibility for borrowed iPads and agree to pay any fees incurred for damages sustained while the iPad is in their possession. Borrowers must adhere to the Rules of Use as listed below.

iPads may be borrowed from the Medical Library Monday through Friday, when a librarian is available.  All iPads are due back in 7 days.  They must be handed to the librarian (or to the lobby receptionist if the librarian is unavailable), so that the Temporary Lease Agreement can be signed off. 

iPads are loaned on a first-come, first-served basis. To see if one is available, call 499-6510, or stop by the Medical Library desk.  No reservations will be made, but a waiting list will be maintained in order to deny renewal requests.

iPads are loaned for a 1-week period and may be renewed once if there is no one on the waiting list. Borrowers must complete a loan agreement accepting responsibility for any loss or damage to the iPad and the cost of replacement. Renewals may be granted if there is no one on the waiting list, but only by direct communication with a librarian (499-6510). 

iPad kits include an iPad (16GB, wi-fi only), power adapter, cover, and carrying case.

Use of iPads


Fees for Damage
As of October 25, 2012, the replacement cost for the entire iPad Kit (iPad, Power Adapter, Smart Cover, and Case Logic VNA210) is $655.00.  Cost to replace individual items:  $540 – iPad; $25 – Power Adapter; $50 – Smart Cover; $40 – Case.

More Information
Contact the Medical Library by email ( or phone (559) 499-6510.

Check out the Mobile Resources guide (see for information about medical apps and getting started with an iPad.