Checkout FAQ

Listed below are some Frequently Asked Questions about checking out books and other materials at the Sladen Library.

Who can check out books?

All Henry Ford Health System employees, students in Henry Ford educational programs, and individuals affiliated with HFHS are eligible to check out library materials.

Do I need a library card?

No, your HFHS employee ID badge functions as your "library card." The first time you check out items, you will be required to fill out the Patron Registration Form. On subsequent visits, you must present your ID badge each time you wish to check out materials.

How long can I keep materials I check out?

  • Books = 3 weeks, 2 renewals allowed (if no one else has a hold on the book)
  • Audiovisuals (DVDs, CDs, VHS) = 1 week, 2 renewals allowed (if no one else has a hold on the item)

Can I check out journals?

Generally, journals cannot be checked out. If you need to check out a journal for some reason, please ask at the library Information Desk.

What is a hold? How do I place a hold on library materials?

A hold is used to flag library materials that are currently checked out. When an item is returned or up for renewal, the library's computer system will alert staff that an item has a hold placed on it by other another user. The item will be set aside for the user who placed the hold.

Contact library staff at the Information Desk if you wish to place a hold on library materials that are checked out.

What happens if I don't return library materials?

If you do not return your library materials, you will receive overdue notices. If the item is not returned after two overdue notices, your borrowing privileges will be suspended until the item is returned.

In cases where the item has been lost or damaged, you are responsible for the cost of item. Once the item is returned, or paid for, your borrowing privileges will be re-instated.

Does the library charge overdue fines?

No. However, you are responsible for the full cost of items that are lost or damaged while checked out to you.

How do I find out what the Sladen Library owns?

You can search our online catalog. Feel free to contact library staff to inquire about an item.

If something you need is not owned by the library, you can use ILLiad to request the item from another library. There is a small fee for placing ILLiad requests.