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Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Library - Services

Learning Resources
Resources available include: books, journals, reference/research papers, audio tapes, videos & players, articles, computers, laser printer and photocopier.

Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery
Interlibrary Loans/Document Delivery Services – The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Library is a member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and is part of the DOCLINE interlibrary loan system through the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the NIH. This new service agreement enables the PCOM library to provide our users with journal articles from citations in PubMed and other sources that are not in the PCOM library collection. The library accepts ILL requests of materials not available here for students, faculty and staff affiliated with PCOM. The NN/LM lending library fees range between $11 to $15 per journal article or book. Click here for ILL form  . Loansome Doc capabilities can be made for PCOM faculty and alumni upon request. PCOM ILL services are available to other libraries or users for an $11 fee per item. Delivery is through e-mail or fax, and payment can be made through the EFTS payment mechanism. Requests may be made by email, fax or DOCLINE (CAUJKV). FAX and RUSH services are available for an additional $5.00 fee. To view the PCOM holdings list, click JOURNALS on the side bar to the left.

The Library Study and Research Center (SD)
Located in the front of the library reading room are study tables and book stacks including built-in cabinets for important journal article literature. The print collections of over approximately 17,000 items includes over 60 journal titles, papers, and a non-print collection of over 1,200 CDs, DVDs and videos. The major Reserve/Reference books are located at the front desk. The main medical collection is located in the open stacks. A Special Collection of Chinese language monographs are located in the front of the library. The journals are in the last two ranges, and special research article bins are in the built-in cabinets.

The Computer Media Center (SD)
There are eleven computers (PC and Macintosh), and two video machines, plus audio tape players for student use. The Audio/Media collections are located on the back shelves in the library. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine provides students with free e-mail service. To obtain your password, complete an application in the front office. The computers can be used for Internet access to health information and other related web sites and word processing. The library has a small software CD collection, including the cumulated Journal of Chinese Medicine, which are pre-installed on the computers. Computer use time is limited to 30 minutes when others are waiting for a machine.

PCOM Library Online Catalog
There is a dedicated computer at the front desk for public access to the library’s online catalog. The library’s online catalog includes the collections of books, journals, videos, CDs, DVDs, audiotapes and special reference research papers. It can also be accessed on the library’s computers and from home computers through the Internet. On the Online Catalog, you can enter title, author or keyword to search for library materials. Don’t forget to click off the exact button, if you are uncertain of the title or spelling of authors. The library staff can assist you finding materials or in learning how to use the system. The web page is continually updated and revised. Watch for announcements.

Books-Print Collections
Books are cataloged according to the Library of Congress (LC) classification system. Books may be identified by the LC call numbers on their spine labels. The call number is the book’s address within the collection. You may use the catalog to look up a book’s author, title or subject heading. Write down the call number. The LC Subject Headings Books are kept at the Reference/Circulation Desk. Books are arranged on the shelves by their call numbers.

Required Texts
Required and recommended texts for each semester are available in the library at the Reference/Circulation Desk. They are shelved separately from the rest of the collection and marked with a green sticker above the spine label. If the library has more than one copy, the extra copies will circulate and can be borrowed.

Current and historical journals of Chinese medicine, alternative therapies, and biomedicine are located in the back two ranges of the library. They are arranged in alphabetical order by title. Journals DO NOT circulate. You may make copies of any journal article you need.

Reference/Research Articles
The library maintains a special collection of research articles and brochures which are located in the cabinets left of the front entrance in black library file boxes. Just open the cabinet doors to find the materials you need to use in the library. They do NOT circulate, but you may copy the articles.

Chinese Language Collection
A limited number of texts written in Mandarin Chinese are available in the library. The Dr. Richard Yeh collection of Chinese medical classics was donated to the college. The library also collects Chinese language periodicals.

Student Research Papers
Research papers written by upper division students are available for checkout. These can be good sources of bibliographies on subjects you may be researching. They can be searched in the catalog.

Non-print Media Collection

Audio/Video Tapes
Videotapes are arranged by number on the video stack shelves in the back of the library. Audiocassette tape sets (i.e., Pacific Symposium) are arranged by date on the audio shelf. An individual audiocassette collection is arranged by number on the wall-mounted cassette rack. Two televisions with VCRs and headphones and two audio tape players with headphones are available for use in the library. Lists of audio and videotape titles are at the front desk.

CD Software Collection
The library has a small CD collection of journals and study materials, which can be requested at the Reference/Circulation desk.

Clinic Checkouts
If you are working in the clinic as an intern, you need to view OSHA and HIPPA CDs which are available at the front desk. You must sign your name and the book’s title on the Momentary Check-out form at the Circulation Desk. The CDs must be returned at the end of your shift.

All student computers in the library are connected to a copy printer. The cost of printing is $.10 per page. Print materials can be picked-up and paid for at the Reference Desk.

Borrowing Privileges-Checkout
All enrolled students and faculty have borrowing privileges. Checkout period is for two weeks for printed materials. Non-print materials can be checked out for a one-week period. Books and non-print materials may be renewed once. Reference materials DO NOT circulate.

Overdue Fines
Overdue fines are $0.25 per day for books and $0.50 per day for non-materials. Weekends are included in calculating fines. If an item is lost, you will be assessed a fine of $15.00 PLUS the cost of replacing the item. All fines must be paid before you will be allowed to check out additional items. Also, be aware that unpaid fines can lead to denial of registration, transcripts, or any other administrative requests. When returning materials, always ask the staff member to verify that the returned item has been recorded. Materials may also be returned in the book return box located in the front of the library. After hour returns can be pushed through the mail slot in the front door.


• Leave all library materials either on the re-shelve cart next to the circulation desk or on the library study tables.

• The faculty conference room can be reserved for group study, when not in use by faculty or for administrative use. Inquire at the front desk.

• No food items or open cups are allowed under any circumstances in the library. Water bottles or secure commuter-type cups are allowed in the library.

• The Librarian and the student assistants are here to help you. Please feel free to approach them with any questions or suggestions you may have. The staff will provide special assistance to handicapped library users.