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Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) Student Guide  

Last Updated: Jul 19, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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ITS and Printing Support

ITS department maintains printers and printing accounts

ITS also maintains the Blackboard Portal

For any ITS issues, please submit a service ticket in the TCMC portal.

Textbook FAQ

Should I buy my textbooks before beginning my courses at GCSoM?

We suggest that students wait to purchase their textbooks until they begin their courses.


  • You will have a better sense at that time about what you might want to buy...or not.
  • You will also have the opportunity to obtain feedback from more senior students about what is essential to own.

I want to buy my textbooks.  Where do I buy my textbooks? 

  • GCSoM does not have a bookstore.  
  • Students may find textbooks through Amazon or other retailers.
  • Ultimately, its your choice!

Are all of the reserve textbooks available in ebook format from GCSoM Library?

  • No, not all reserve textbooks are available in ebook format.  If they are available as an ebook, there will be a link next to the title on the "Required and Recommended" tab on this Guide. The library has on Reserve print copies of books on the Required/Recommended textbooks lists that are not available in electronic format.
  • The Library strives to provide electronic access to as many Required and Recommended Textbooks as possible.

When do you update the Required and Recommended Textbook lists?

Library staff begin working with MBS course directors in March to update textbook lists for the next academic year. The lists are usually finalized late summer.

During this time, library staff search for new editions of print and electronic textbooks on the Required and Recommended lists.  If there are new editions, we will contact MBS course directors and inquire whether or not they want to update their textbooks.  Often times, course directors will come to us and let us know they want to update a current edition of their textbooks, or ask us to put new books on reserve.  






    Your Library

    Welcome to the Library!

    Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine Library staff are very happy to welcome you to the library.

    The library supports you in your coursework, research projects, and self-directed learning. During the academic year, library staff are available seven days a week, with evening hours, to assist you. We are 95% digital, and almost all of our resources are available to you 24/7 through GCSoM portal.


    • Overview of Library Resources
      9-minute tutorial that covers Document Delivery/Interlibrary Loan, how to access journals and find articles, library contact information.

    Getting the Most from GCSoM Library

     Getting the Most from GCSoM Library

    Learn how the library works and maximize the use of  the library's electronic resources 


    Use GCSoM Library's Online Catalog: Search for both print and e-books in the library's collection in MedPal , our online ctalog.  The online catalog is the best place to find items that the library owns or subscribes to.

    Use the E-Resource Locator:  Search for specific e-journals and e-books in the E-Resource Locator.

    Familiarize yourself with our Electronic Resources: - Check out the new Electronic Resources page for an A-Z list of the library's electronic resources. 

    Use Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery Services:  Request a book or article through Interlibrary Loan. This service is free for students, and there is no limit to the number of articles you can request. Send your request to or use this online form.

    Ask a Librarian:  We can assist you with literature searches, interlibrary loan, reference and research.  Just stop by the Information Services Desk during staffed hours or send us an email at:

    We are happy to help!


    Library Staff - Scranton Campus

    Iris Johnston, BA. Library Assistant


    phone: 570-504-9665     

    fax: 570-687-9710


    Library Staffed Hours

    The School of Medicine Library is open 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.

    We are currently staffed during the following times:

    Sunday Not Staffed

    Monday 8AM - 5PM

    Tuesday 8AM - 5PM

    Wednesday 8AM - 5PM

    Thursday 8AM - 5PM

    Friday 8AM - 5PM

    Saturday Not Staffed


    Changes in staffed hours will be posted in the Library several days ahead of time so students can plan to request services. Books can be checked out during unstaffed times using the Circulation Form at the front desk.


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