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Library Services

If you have any questions about our services please contact us at 316-293-2629 or reach out to a staff member.

Computer Lab

The library computer lab is for the use of KUSM-W affiliates, which includes medical students, MPH students, residents, faculty and staff. The computer lab is located in the reference area on the first floor of the Farha Medical Library.

Study Rooms

Three study rooms are available for individual or group study. Study areas and study tables are available throughout the library on the first and lower levels.

Newspapers

The Wichita Eagle and The Wall Street Journal are located in the main reading area of the library. Newspapers are retained in the library for one week following the publication date.

Photocopier

A photocopier is located on the main level by the front desk.

Anatomic Models

Various models are available for check-out.

Loan Periods

  • Review Books: 6 weeks
  • Stacks: 4 weeks
  • Gold Humanism: 4 weeks
  • Flashcards: 3 weeks
  • Reference books: Library use only

Borrowing

Farha Medical Library material may be brought to the circulation desk staff for check out. Borrowing privileges are extended to the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita students, residents, faculty and staff.

Borrowing materials from the library is a privilege, not a right. You must be in good standing with the library and not have any overdue items or outstanding fines/charges in order to continue borrowing.

Renewals

Library material may be renewed at the discretion of the Farha Medical Library staff. Renew items before the date due. Library items may be renewed one time.

Please send the patron's name and the barcode of the item with the renewal request. Email renewal requests to medref@kumc.edu or call 316-293-2629.

Donations and Gifts

Donations of materials are accepted by the library with the understanding that once received, the materials are owned by the library. All donated materials will be reviewed by library staff and may be used, repurposed, or disposed of at the discretion of library administrators. The library will consider accepting donations of materials with special restrictions such as placement, treatment, retention, audience and so forth; however, any special restrictions must be negotiated and agreed to prior to donations being accepted. A letter of acknowledgment will be provided to donors who choose to include appropriate contact information. The library staff cannot provide appraisals or estimates of the value of donated materials. It is the donor's responsibility to place a value on gift items as required for any tax reporting purposes. Please call ahead regarding possible donations to the library.

Interlibrary loan is a service that locates and borrows materials not available at Farha Medical Library. The conditions of interlibrary loan services are set by local agreements, the regulations of the individual libraries, the National Interlibrary Loan Code and copyright law. There are no ILL charges for KU Wichita students, faculty, residents, and staff. You must be in good standing with the library in order to continue borrowing items from outside institutions.

Please be aware that not all interlibrary loans will be successful. Many libraries will not lend rare or valuable materials including reference books, audiovisual, review books, thesis, or materials in high demand. The circulation policies are at the discretion of the lending library.

Interlibrary Loan Policies

Requesting Interlibrary Loans

  1. Check the Farha online catalog to make certain the material is not available in the library.

  2. If the material is unavailable in the Farha Medical Library, please submit requests by email to fll@kumc.edu or by phone at 316-293-2629. Standard requests will be processed with 2-3 days.
    Rush requests must be submitted by phone.

  3. Hard copy materials can take up to 10 days to be delivered depending on mail services.
             
  4. Electronic materials can take 3-5 days to be delivered.

  5. When the material is received, you will be notified by email. Electronic items will be sent as a PDF email attachment. Hard copy items may be picked up at the circulation desk during normal business hours.

Loan Periods

The loan period for books is determined by the lending library and is usually at least two weeks. The due date is written on the colored band attached to the book.

Renewals

Renewal of interlibrary loan materials will be handled through the Farha interlibrary loan staff. Renewal requests must be made prior to the due date.

Snack & Learn sessions offered by George J. Farha Library are designed to educate patrons on library services, develop library research skills, and provide direct interaction with library staff. Standard sessions are offered once every quarter, with additional sessions created and presented upon request.

If you have a specific topic you would like to be considered for a Snack & Learn session, please contact the library.

Farha Medical Library offers help to the library user who wants guidance in finding information. Reference services can help to:

  • Offer possible courses of investigation
  • Identify sources of information (print and electronic)
  • Assist with search strategy development for electronic databases
  • Suggest other library services, such as interlibrary loan and online resources
KU School of Medicine-Wichita

University of Kansas Medical Center
George J. Farha Medical Library-Wichita
1010 North Kansas
Wichita, KS 67214-3199
316-293-2635