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 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 chart below).

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

Although the mission of the library is to support our primary customers, 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 in-library, onsite to these patrons, 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 the chart below for more specific information describing library privileges by customer category.

Library Access Levels: Primary and Secondary Patrons
Library Cards and Online Access Eligibility

Customer Categories Library Card Eligibility Access to Online Licensed Content
(e-journals, full text databases, etc.)
Primary Patrons

-- 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)
-- CU Regents Board Members. 

May check out materials,
free borrowing card

No restrictions with online remote and off campus, and on-site access.

Registration may be required for some products.

Secondary Patrons

-- 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.
-- Other CU Faculty, Staff, and Students: Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs.
-- CCML Members. 
-- DU students and faculty.

May check out materials,
free borrowing card.

May use on-site only.

Remote off campus access NOT allowed.

All Others Library Card Eligibility Access to Online Licensed Content
(e-journals, full text databases, etc.)

Colorado Public, Residents of the State of Colorado.

May check out materials with a borrowing card through two options:

Option 1: Free borrowing card with proof of Colorado Libraries Collaborate (CLC) library account.

Option 2: If no account with another Colorado library which participates in CLC, 
borrowing card may be purchased for $200.00 per year or $100.00 for six month card.

May use on-site only. 

Remote off campus access NOT allowed.

See Also:

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 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. For more information on Volunteer Clinical Faculty access, please see:

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.

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 borrowing card account using our online 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.

Alumni can sign up for additional interlibrary loan services and an ILLiad account--please 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.

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 pilot program of select databases and online resources. Read more about this and sign up here


Please speak with the Access librarians at 303-724-2145 or 303-724-2139 or by email.