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About Us: Policies

Collection Development

The goals of developing the collection are to support patient care, research, and educational programs at RUSH University Medical Center. To recommend a purchase, please contact the Library Service Desk at (312) 942-5950 or simply fill out the convenient form below.

Journal Acquisitions Policy
Acquiring new journals requires a long-term fiscal and physical commitment by the Library. The amount of money the Library spends on journals is limited by its budget. Requests are accepted on a continuous basis, but titles can only be ordered as funds become available. The Library regrets restricting new subscription purchases. Our goal remains to provide the most effective and efficient access to information possible despite funding limitations.

For each recommended journal subscription, a sample copy will be obtained and reviewed by the Assistant Director for Collection Management. The following are considered when evaluating a journal for the collection.

  • The cost of the subscription and the number of potential users.
  • The availability of an index for the journal in the library's collection. E.g., Medline, CINAHL, or PsycINFO.
  • Availability of electronic full text.
  • Impact factor. The measure of frequency in which articles published in the journal has been cited in a particular year.
  • The process for review of manuscript submissions.
  • Publisher's reputation and timeliness of delivery.
  • Language.

Food and Drink Policy

Drinks and small snacks (such as chips or fruit) are permitted in the Library. Drinks must be in covered containers.

Meals are NOT permitted in any part of the Library or METC except the 5th floor Library Lounge.

Examples of permitted food: candy, plain bagels, dried fruit, and granola bars.

Examples of prohibited food: pizza, sandwiches, hamburgers, fries, salads, ice cream or any other messy/greasy foods. Patrons eating these foods will be asked to move to the 5th floor Library Lounge until they have finished eating.

Please dispose of trash appropriately and take leftovers with you when you leave. We ask that you be respectful of those around you and respectful of library materials and furnishings.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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