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Educational Use of Library Resources by UNMC Volunteer Faculty

Thank you for agreeing to serve as a University of Nebraska Medical Center preceptor. To support you as a volunteer faculty member in your role as an educator, you have received an ID and password on the UNMC information network. Your ID and password allow you to access electronic books, journals, and databases licensed by the McGoogan Library of Medicine. The library pays educational rate for these resources and as a result, the publishers allow them to be used for noncommercial educational purposes only. More information can be found on our Precepter/Volunteer Faculty Library Resources FAQ document.

The McGoogan Library of Medicine’s licensed resources are available to authorized users only. Authorized users include currently registered UNMC students; UNMC employees; and UNMC faculty holding Regents appointments to salaried, volunteer, courtesy, and emeritus positions. Licensors also consider walk-in users of terminals in the McGoogan Library Reference Department, as authorized users.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are authorized users allowed to do?

Authorized users may view, reproduce, or store copies of these resources provided the materials are for PERSONAL use in connection with their responsibilities as a preceptor. For example, your student has a question about a certain drug or procedure. You may search for and print a copy of an article on that particular subject to share with your student. 

What are authorized users not allowed to do?

Authorized users may NOT use their ID and password to retrieve or distribute materials to other hospital employees (i.e. nurses, pharmacists, techs, physicians), patients, or customers. This is considered commercial use and is NOT allowed.

You may not share your ID and password or allow third parties to use or benefit from articles or information you obtain from McGoogan Library electronic books, journals, or databases. You may not redistribute or resell content, in electronic or any other form.
You may not reproduce, electronically or otherwise, material beyond that permitted under Sections 107 and 108 of the U.S. copyright law, which legally define fair use of copyrighted articles and content. See the McGoogan Library’s Copyright and Fair Use web page for more information on fair use.

Why are these restrictions in place?

The information housed in licensed electronic resources is a commodity. Fees must be paid to obtain and use it. Giving licensed information and/or articles to others who are not authorized users is a breach of library contracts that could subject the McGoogan Library and UNMC to criminal prosecution. If you use your ID and password institutionally to serve other pharmacy or hospital employees, publishers can

  • immediately disable access for all users on the UNMC network
  • claim the McGoogan Library is depriving them of revenue and
  • insist your institution obtain and pay for its own institutional license

How can I get more information about educational use of my ID and password?
When you’re not sure what McGoogan licenses to specific information resources allow, contact Mary Helms at

The McGoogan Library provides individual instruction and group workshops on how to use the library’s electronic resources effectively, contact Teresa Hartman at or 402-559-7075.

Where can other hospital employees get help with their information needs?
If your institution does not employ a hospital librarian or you are an independent pharmacy, refer coworkers to the McGoogan Library Reference Department at, toll-free at 866-800-5209 or 402-559-6221. Our professional medical librarians provide a literature search service for any Nebraska health professional at no charge. Copies of articles are available on a reasonable fee-for service basis.

Where can my patients go for more information?

You may refer your patients to the Consumer Health Information Resource Service (CHIRS) at the McGoogan Library of Medicine for evaluated information to guide health decisions for themselves or their family members. They can call toll-free at 866-800-5209 or email and request a search for information. A professional medical librarian will research their question and provide by mail or email a tailored package of information that can be discussed with their health care provider. This no-fee service is offered to all Nebraskans and patients of The Nebraska Medical Center.


UNMC NetID Request

A UNMC NetID is required to access the online information resources at the McGoogan Library of Medicine.
If you know you will need a UNMC NetID because you are not an employee or student of UNMC, ask your sponsoring department to request one for you.

  1. Go to the UNMC Guest Account form
  2. Fill out the questionnaire, which includes the name of the UNMC department sponsor
  3. Submit the request.

Once the request is assessed and confirmed, the UNMC NetID will be sent to you.
Problems with the request should be directed to the ITS Help Desk at 402-559-7700.


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