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About Sladen Library

Borrowing Library Materials FAQs

Who can check out library materials?

All Henry Ford Health System employees, students in Henry Ford educational programs, and individuals affiliated with HFHS who have a valid employee ID badge are eligible to check out library materials. 

Patients and visitors are not eligible to check-out library materials or utilize services such as interlibrary loan (ILLiad). 


Library Cards

Your HFHS employee ID badge functions as your "library card." The first time you check out items, you will be required to fill out a Patron Registration Form, either online or in the library.

On subsequent visits, you just need to present your ID badge to check out items.


Loan Periods

Books = 3 weeks, 2 renewals allowed (if there is not a hold on the book)

Audiovisuals (DVDs, CDs, VHS) = 1 week, 2 renewals allowed (if there is not a hold on the item)

Journals = Generally print journal issues cannot be checked out, however a photocopier/scanner is available for use within the library. If you need to check out a journal issue for some reason, please ask at the Information Desk. 


Checkout Limits

Henry Ford Hospital employess and staff members may have a maximum of 7 items checked out at one time. 

Students affiliated with HFHS programs who have an HFHS ID badge (i.e. nursing students, rad-tech students, and others rotating through HFH for a semester) may have a maximum of 5 items checked out at one time. 


Renewing Library Materials

Please visit the library, or give us a call at 313-916-2550 if you wish to renew your items. An item can be renewed up to 2 times, unless there is a hold placed on it, in which case it must be returned. 

Books ordered through ILLiad and sent from other libraries require special permission from the lending library to renew. Please contact the Sladen Library if you wish to renew an ordered book. Additional charges may apply. 


Overdue Fines 

The Library does not charge overdue fines. However, you will be responsible for the full cost of items, plus a processing fee, for materials that are lost or damaged while checked out to you. 

If you do not return your library materials, you will receive overdue notices. If the item(s) is not returned after two overdue notices, your borrowing privileges will be suspended until the item(s) is returned. Once the item(s) is returned, or replacement fee paid, your borrowing privileges will be re-instated.


Placing Holds

A hold is used to flag library materials that you want but are checked out by another patron. When the material is returned, our computer system will alert us that you have placed a hold and we will set the material aside for you to pick up. 

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


Finding Books

Use our online catalog to search the Sladen collection. Feel free to contact the Library to ask about an item. If something you need is not owned by Sladen, you can use ILLiad to request the item from another library. There is a small fee for placing ILLiad requests.