Services for Alumni

The primary mission of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine is to train primary care physicians to work in South Carolina. The library supports this mission by providing extensive services to both current and former students. 

Borrowing Privileges

School of Medicine Alumni can retain their circulation privileges as long as they are employed within the state of South Carolina as a medical professional. To obtain more information please contact the circulation department at (803) 216-3200.

Reference Services

Reference librarians are available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday, to assist alumni. Requests are accepted by mail, by email via ask a librarian, by chat, by telephone to (803) 216-3213, or on a walk-in basis. They should come directly from the person requesting the service whenever possible. Experience has proven that direct communication between the requestor and the librarian gives the most efficient and satisfactory results.

Information services offered include those in the following categories:

  • Answers to factual questions where no interpretation of information is required.
  • Assistance in accessing electronic journals and textbooks.
  • Instruction in the use of health sciences indexes, abstracting services, and bibliographies.
  • Assistance in verification of citations for bibliographies and for interlibrary loan requests.
  • Orientation tours for individuals and groups; class presentations.
  • Computerized bibliographic search services.
  • Instruction in use of databases and various software programs.

Computerized Bibliographic Search Service

The School of Medicine Library will provide bibliographic searches in the numerous databases to which it has access, with the primary ones being MEDLINE, Web of Science (Science Citation Index), and PsycINFO.

The Library provides access to OVID MEDLINE, a networked system containing the complete MEDLINE databases (featuring many full-text articles) from 1966 to the present and a number of other databases. Alumni may access OVID from the Library's public workstations at no charge.

NOTE: Mediated searches performed by a librarian on MEDLINE and other databases on our network are provided to School of Medicine alumni at the cost of $25 per search.

Library Classes

The Library offers free classes on various databases, such as PubMed, Ovid, and Web of Science. Library classes are open to alumni and offered on demand. All classes are held in the library classroom and last about an hour. 

Interlibrary Loan

Requests for biomedical academic or clinical materials that are not available in the School of Medicine Library are accepted from SOM alumni, as long as they are South Carolina residents. Verified requests can usually be filled within a week.

As a participant in the Southeastern/Atlantic Regional Medical Library Program, the Library is bound by its policies and procedures. USC SOM alumni in South Carolina will be charged $10.00 per filled request.

The loaning of material to the library's clientele by other institutions constitutes a courtesy and a privilege, and the patron must thus adhere to the principles of the national interlibrary loan system. The system was not designed to support extensive research requiring materials not found in our library. Individual abuse of the system will necessitate the establishment of quotas. Further, the library also abides by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17 U.S. Code), which governs the making of photocopies of copyrighted materials.

To request an Interlibrary Loan, follow the instructions for Community Borrowers.


Carolina Alumni Association members have access to online research databases through a partnership between the Carolina Alumni Association and the University Libraries.