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Circulation Services: Borrow

Levy Library Hours

Circulation Services

The Levy Library is opened with modified hours and services.
For complete details about the services and hours, please visit:

Borrowing Services Currently Available:

  • In-person check out
  • Book Pickup Services

Services on Pause: 

  • Equipment loans including laptops, headphones, and chargers

As a member of the Mount Sinai community, thousands of books are accessible online through our Library catalog

We are here to support your study and research needs when you are working or studying remotely. Please visit our Remote Services and Resources page to learn about all the ways you can stay connected to library and its services and resources. 

Questions? Please contact Circulation Services

Updated September 25, 2020.

Book Pick Up Services

Starting on Monday, September 28th, you will be able to request and place a hold on print books, and pick them up from the Levy Library. All you need to do is Log into your Research Discovery Account and search for the book you want. If it’s available to loan, you can click on the Request link and Place a Hold. We’ll send you an email when your book is ready, and you can stop by the Levy Library to pick it up during our operating hours.

Requests placed by 9pm, will generally be available to pick up after 10am the next business day. Requests made on Fridays after 12pm will be processed the following Monday. Please wait for a confirmation email before coming to the library!


How can you make a request?

Log into your Research Discovery Library account, then search for the book you want. If it is available, you can click on the ‘Request’ link to place a hold. Check out these instructions for more details. (


What Can You Request?


Picking Up Your Books

When you have received an email confirming that your book(s) is ready to be picked up, stop by the Levy Library front desk during operating hours and show your ID and we'll grab the book for you. 


Circulating Policies

  • Circulating and Special Topics Collection – check out for 21 days; 2 renewals max, unless the item has been placed on hold by another patron or item has been recalled by the library.
  • Reserve Collection – check out for 24 hours ONLY, no renewals. Reserve books are only available for checkout Monday – Thursday only. Reserve books that are returned late pose high fines and is strictly enforced. Failure to return reserve books on time, will result in removal of circulating privileges for reserves, so please return on time.


Late fines and Fees


*Please note that browsing the library collection in person is not allowed at this time.

To learn more about holds, please visit:

Library Cards

The Levy Library no longer issues library cards or barcodes. All incoming students, faculty, staff and employees have a Research Discovery Library account that is used to check out items from the library. A valid Mount Sinai ID must be presented to verify the account in order to check out items. 

You can log into your Research Discovery Library Account to place holds and renew items, save catalog search, create favorite lists and more. 

If you do not have a Research Discovery account yet, you can fill out the following form and the Library team can look up or create an account.


NOTE: Mount Sinai students, faculty,  and staff do not need a Research Discovery Account to access and view full-text resources, but you can sign up for an account to gain access to personalized features.

Returning Borrowed Materials

Please return borrowed items to the Circulation Desk when Circulation Services are available.

When Circulation Services are unavailable, materials that are not on reserve may be deposited into the Levy Library book drop or book return box. A book drop is built into the right side of the Service Desk counter, and a Book Return box is located in the elevator lobby of ANBG 11.


Fines and Fees

Levy Library charges overdue fines to encourage the prompt return of library materials and charges a fine for every calendar day an item is overdue.  An item is considered overdue if the borrower has not returned the item by the specified date. 

All borrowers responsible for any late, recalled, lost, damaged, and replacement fees that have accrued, including faculty at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

If the overdue item is

late fee rate is…

but when the late fee reaches…

you’ll owe a maximum fee of

Circulating Book Collection

20¢ per day

$6.00 per item (30 days)

up to $200.00

Course Reserves

50¢ per hour

$36 per item (3 days)

up to $500.00

Recalled Materials

$1.00 per day

$10 per item (10 days)

up to $500.00

Laptops $10.00 per hour  up to $20.00 up to $2000.00

Laptop, smartphone, or tablet chargers

$1.00 per hour

$ 24 per item (24 hour)

up to $100.00

All other technology equipment $5.00 per day $25.00 per item (5 days) up to $500.00

Audio and video media

$2.00 per day

$20 per item (10 days)

up to $500.00

Damaged item(s)*

*not including laptops


up to $500.00

Damaged laptops  - - up to $2000.00



Levy Library will send a courtesy notice prior to the item due date suggesting that the borrower returns or renews the item(s). Up to 3 overdue notices reminding the borrower to return the overdue item(s) will be sent after the item (s) due date. All borrowers are still responsible for any fines and fees even if the courtesy or overdue notice was not read or received.

All borrowers who fail to respond to a recall notice, including faculty, must pay recall fees. Library privileges will be suspended until the recalled item is returned and the fee is paid.


Loss of Privileges

Borrowers are blocked from checking out, renewing, and requesting library materials or interlibrary loan materials if they have overdue materials and/or unpaid fines exceeding $10.00. Once all fees and fines have been paid, the block on the borrower’s account will be cleared and borrowing privileges will be restored.


Student, Resident, Fellow, and Staff Checkout Forms

In order for the library staff to sign off any checkout forms, all library items must be returned and all fees paid. If there is a dispute of any items or charges, the patron must submit a Fee Appeal Form before the checkout form can be signed.


Lost or Damaged Materials

An item is reported lost when the maximum fine has been reached. The borrower will be billed a lost item fee of $150 or the cost to purchase the item, whichever is more. A $25.00 processing fee will also be applied to each lost item.

If the item is returned before the library has replaced the item, the lost item fee will be removed,  however the borrower will still be responsible for any late fees have accumulated.

Borrowers also have the option to replace an item with the same edition or newer. The replacement copy must be in new or like-new condition and may not be from another library. A $25.00 processing fee will be applied for each item that has been replaced by the borrower. Levy Library reserves the right to refuse the item and the borrower will be responsible for all fees associated with this lost item.

Levy Library charges an item damage fee to cover the cost of repairing items that have incurred damage while on loan to the borrower. The fee varies on the severity of the damage.  If the item cannot be repaired, the borrower will be responsible for replacing the item or paying the replacement fees for the purchase of new item. Additional fees could be charged depending on the situation.  

The Library is unable to issue a refund when an item is returned after a replacement item has been purchased.


Fines and fees may be appealed under certain circumstances. If the borrower was unable to return an item(s) due to a medically related issue, the proper medical or other documentation is required. More information can be found on the Fee Appeal Form.

Note: Fines and fees will not be waived if the request is based on any of the following reasons:

  • Unaware of library policies. Library policies are available on the Library’s site;
  • Forgot due date or did not know there was a due date;
  • Did not receive a courtesy reminder or overdue notice;
  • Was not able to renew online;
  • Age of fine or fee;
  • Outdated information in your library account. It is the borrowers’ responsibility to keep their contact information up to date in “My Library Account” ;
  • Being outside of the hospital campus, out of town, on vacation,  or holiday;
  • On pre-planned medical leave;
  • Loaned book to someone else;
  • Returned book to wrong library;
  • Library materials were stolen or lost;
  • Did not report lost/stolen library card