We want to prepare you for checking items out and returning them to us! Whether you’re already studying remotely, or planning to travel out of the area this holiday season, below is an outline of our current policies for checking in/out books.

How to Check Out a Book

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Contactless Pickup

You can request a book for contactless pickup at the Hirsh Health Sciences Library by requesting it through JumboSearch. We will pick up the book, and email you when the book is available for pickup. For more information, check out our previous post about contactless pickup.


If you’re in the physical library and find books you’d like to check out, you can use the MeeScan app with your smart phone to check out the books to yourself.

  • Download the app
  • Scan your ID barcode and the barcodes of the books.

For more detailed instructions, check out our previous post about MeeScan.

If you don’t want to download an app, but see a book you want to check out, you can send us an email at hhslcirc@tufts.edu , detailing your full name and the books’ full barcodes. (They often begin with 3 0909, located in the first few pages). Make sure to do this from your Tufts-affiliated email address!

Mail Delivery 

If you’re not in Boston, we can ship your book to you!

  • Find the book you want in JumboSearch
  • Select Request
  • Set your Pickup Location to your Home Address

We’ll email you once we start the shipping process, asking for your address and other contact info. (And we’ll send you a prepaid return label). See more info in our previous post about mail delivery.


How to Return A Book

On the fourth floor, beside the Library Service Desk, is a book drop. Our team checks it once a week, so it’ll be returned in a timely manner.

If you can’t come to the Tufts Health Sciences campus, you can return our book at Tisch and Ginn libraries in Medford.

You may not even be in the area. Contact us at hhslcirc@tufts.edu to discuss options for returning books, like mailing them directly to us. We’re flexible, so just ask!


Is there a book you’re interested in? Check in JumboSearch for its availability here!


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