Borrowing material

IMPORTANT: The policies and procedures that apply to JGH libraries may differ from those of McGill.

Please Note :

The CIUSSS libraries are completely physically closed, but will maintain services virtually as of Wednesday 18th March 2020 until further notice.

Please contact the library staff by email ( to arrange a loan.

Who can borrow at JGH Libraries ?

  • West-Central Montreal CIUSSS staff
  • Residents/students on rotation at the West-Central Montreal CIUSSS
  • Staff, researchers and students of the Lady Day Institute
  • Patients at the Jewish General Hospital can borrow books from the Patient and Family Resource Centre collection

In order to borrow, all users must be registered with the Health Sciences Library (HSL) or the Dr. Henry Kravitz Psychiatry Library (ICFP).

Registration & library card

To obtain a library card, you must complete the JGH Library Registration Form available on site at the lending desk. Please bring a valid West Central Montreal CIUSSS identification card with you.

Please note that JGH Library cards are NOT valid for borrowing at McGill University Libraries.

How to borrow

Please contact the library staff by email ( to arrange a loan.

Loan periods

Loan periods vary according to the type of material, the collection and your borrower status.

  • Books: 28 calendar days
  • Reference Books (HSL only): overnight, or over the weekend if borrowed on Friday

Maximum number of: 

  • Loaned items = 10
  • Hold requests = 2

Returning Library items

  • Return items to the issuing library by the due date.
  • Late returns will result in fines. 
  • To avoid fines, please remember to renew your library books. 
  • HSL books can be dropped off in the library return box outside the library door at any time of the day.


A daily fee of $0.50 will be applied automatically for late returns.

Fines must be paid in person. Cash only.

You will be billed for the replacement cost and processing of items that are not returned 40 days after the due date.

If a damaged item can be repaired, the borrower will be charged the cost of the repair. If the item cannot be repaired, the borrower must pay to replace the item.

E-mail notices sent by the library

All notices related to your library account will be sent automatically to your e-mail address. To change your email address,  please send an email to the library staff:

Please note: if for any reason you do not receive a notice from the library you must still renew your loans or return your items on time.

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