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Yale School of Public Health Library Orientation: Access the collections

This guide welcomes new affiliates of YSPH and introduces the library resources and services that will help you accomplish your goal: building your competency in evidence-based public health


If you need a person to help you figure out how to access the resource you want, right now, call the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library circulation desk at 203-785-5352 or email If the library is open, someone is answering this phone number and email address!

Online access

Usually, your Yale credentials (on the Yale Secure wireless network or the Yale VPN) will get you access to most journal articles. If you have a problem, use Cushing/Whitney Medical Library Interlibrary Loan to request a PDF of the article. It's fast and free! 

I want a specific online journal article.

If you already have an article title and want to get the full textYale Articles+ works well. So do Google Scholar and PubMed@Yale -- if you set up the YaleLinks button.

Demo one: the YaleLinks page works perfectly

Demo two: the YaleLinks page says "not available online"... but you can get the article easily and quickly through interlibrary loan. Sometimes interlibrary loan has the brand "Get It @ Yale."

I want some online journal articles about a topic.

If you have a topic and want to find relevant articles, use a literature database like PubMed, Scopus, Web of Science, Embase, or Google Scholar. Learn about core public health databases and specialty databases on our Public Health Information Guide

I want a book.

We have ebooks and print books, and Books+ is a good way to find both kinds. (Your faculty and TAs might mention our old library catalog Orbis -- that works, too!)

I want an ebook.

Different publishers offer different ebook platforms. You might need to set up an account to download the book; you might have a time limit for using downloads; there might be a limit for how many people can use the book at one time. These restrictions will usually be explained on the book's landing page on the publisher/aggregator website. If you have questions, ask!

I want a print book.

You can use print books from any Yale library -- not just the medical library! When you request a book, you can have it delivered to the medical library circulation desk, your dorm, or your mailing address.

You can use print books from other university libraries, too! Borrow Direct is fast, self-service interlibrary loan.

If the book you want isn't available in Borrow Direct, make an interlibrary loan request.

I want the library to buy a book

Suggest a purchase here. In addition to suggesting the purchase, you might want to use Borrow Direct or Interlibrary Loan to receive a print copy faster than we can order and process our own print copy.

I want a reading assigned for class.

Some professors post readings on their course websites with the Canvas Course Reserves tool or the Canvas Files tool -- look on the left navigation of the course website.

Alternatively, you can use Yale Quicksearch to find your readings. Search for books (including ebooks and print books) in Books+; search for articles and book chapters in Articles+.

And of course you can also use Borrow Direct to request a copy of a print book from another library.

There may be some textbooks that you can't access through the library as ebooks. That's because publishers sometimes decide not to sell certain books as library ebooks. It's always ok to ask if the library can buy a book -- but sometimes the answer will be "no," not because of money, but because of the publisher's policy. 

Troubleshooting access problems

Yale ITS (Information Technology Services) can help with these tools, which you'll need to access library resources on and off campus.

  • NetID and password -- for Yale Secure and VPN login
  • VPN on your computers and tablets
  • Duo two-factor authentication on your phone

Get help from ITS

  • In their walk-in center in the medical library basement (COVID edit: I don't know if the ITS walk-in center is open, sorry)
  • At 203-432-9000
  • At