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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.

Online Journal Articles

If you have an article title and want to get the full text, try:

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 aka "Get It @ Yale."

Specific Topics

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


eBooks and Print books:

Please note, with ebooks:

  • you may 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

Interlibrary Loan and Purchase Requests

You can find and request print books from other libraries through Borrow Direct.

If you can't find the item anywhere, submit an interlibrary loan request (for articles, (e)books, journals, etc).

Is there a title you can't find but we should have in our collection?

Assigned Readings

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

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