Services & Fees by Patron Category

Who Gets What?

The Strauss Health Sciences Library is funded by University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (CU Anschutz) to serve and support health sciences programs and personnel. The library’s primary users include students currently enrolled at CU Anschutz, health sciences faculty and staff at Anschutz Campus paid by the University, UC Health hospital employees and other types of patrons such as retired health sciences faculty. Please see below for more detail.

Primary users of the library receive all library services at either optimal cost or no cost along with remote off-campus access to licensed online content (see below).

Registration is required for some accounts along with verification from the library's Access Services staff of all library applications.

Although the mission of the library is to support our primary users, the physical library is open to the public and other users who do not hold primary patron status. Physical materials and most electronic resources are available for in-library, onsite use to these users, affiliated or not. Selected additional library services may be provided to non-primary users on a fee-for-service basis such as interlibrary loan services. See below for more specific information describing library privileges by user category.

Customer Categories, library card eligibility, and online access:

Primary Patrons: 

  • Affiliation:
    • CU Anschutz Faculty and Staff paid by the University,
    • Students Currently Enrolled in CU Anschutz Heath Sciences Schools/Colleges,
    • Regular CU Anschutz Faculty Paid by Affiliate (National Jewish, VAMC, Denver Health, etc.),
    • CU Anschutz Volunteer Faculty of all sorts authorized by School: Clinical, Adjunct/Adjoint, Preceptor, etc., 
    • Retired CU Anschutz Faculty,
    • CU Anschutz Residents paid by the University (on file and payroll with GME/SOM),
    • CU Anschutz Fellows and Visiting Scholars,
    • CU Anschutz Visiting Students verified by College/School programs,
    • UC Health hospital staff,
    • CU Medicine Employees (formerly UPI), and
    • CU Regents Board Members. 
  • Library Card Eligibility:
    • May check out materials,
    • Free borrowing card
  • Access to Online Licensed Content (databases, eBooks, eJournals, etc.):
    • No restrictions with online remote and off campus, and on-site access
    • Registration may be required* for some products.

Secondary Patrons:

  • Affiliation:
    • CU Anschutz Campus Alumni (as verified by Library through Office of Alumni Relations),
    • CU Anschutz Volunteer Staff,
    • UC Health hospital Volunteers,
    • Residents paid by other health organizations/hospitals: Children's Hospital, Denver Health, etc.,
    • Non-University Fellows,
    • CU Faculty, Staff, and Students from Denver, Boulder, or Colorado Springs Campus,
    • CCML Members, and
    • DU students and faculty.
  • Library Card Eligibility:
    • May check out materials,
    • Free borrowing card
  • Access to Online Licensed Content (databases, eBooks, eJournals, etc.):
    • May use on-site only.
    • Remote off-campus access NOT allowed.

All Others:

  • Affiliation:
    • Colorado Public, and
    • Residents of the State of Colorado.
  • Library Card Eligibility:
    • May check out materials with a borrowing card through two options:

  • Access to Online Licensed Content (databases, eBooks, eJournals, etc.):
    • May use on-site only.
    • Remote off-campus access NOT allowed.

See Also: Interlibrary Loan Services and Fees 
Note: ILL defines users by two similar but different categories, Primary and Other.

Volunteer Clinical Faculty (VCF), Preceptors, Contributing Faculty

Volunteer Clinical/Adjunct/Preceptor Faculty verified by the library as approved by the appropriate School/College are eligible for online access. These are individuals who are supporting the teaching and other missions of departments and Schools at Anschutz and who have formal appointment as volunteer clinical faculty of some sort as defined by the Schools. The library will grant access to unpaid volunteer faculty, but only after they are vetted and approved by the Schools as active contributing volunteer faculty members. The library does not decide who is a faculty member in the Schools. Find more information on Volunteer Clinical Faculty access here.

CU Anschutz Faculty, Students, Staff and Other Primary Patrons

Your institutional ID is all you need to check out books and other items. Use the same University Credential username and password that you use on UCDAccess to access databases and online journal articles from off campus.

Your institutional ID (student ID or employee ID) is probably already registered with the library.
Find more information about your institutional ID here.

Alumni of Anschutz Medical Campus Schools

Alumni from schools/colleges are eligible for a variety of services either free or at reduced rates and service fees. Due to budget and license restrictions, the full range of resources and services you experienced as a student are not available in an unlimited fashion. 

Alumni can apply for a library account using our online Library Account Application form. Once verified as alumni from an AMC program, you are entitled to a free borrowing card that allows you to check out books from the library for two weeks and renew them as needed.

As part of your borrowing account, alumni can also make use of the Prospector service using Strauss Library as your home library. Prospector gives access to books from academic and public libraries from around the State. Click here to access more information about Prospector.

Alumni can sign up for additional interlibrary loan services and an ILLiad account. NOTE: there are ILL service fees for alumni.
The Colorado public unaffiliated are charged $22 per request while alumni receive ILL services at a reduced rate of $12 per filled request. Click here to access more information about IIL services.

When visiting the library during public hours, we provide a guest computer pass that alumni can use to get on computers and access online library resources and the web. 

Your borrowing card as alumni does not grant you access to all the online journals and full-text databases remotely from off-campus. To use these, you must visit the library on-site. However, the library and Office of Alumni Relations offer a program of select databases and online resources. Click here to find more information about this program and sign up for access


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