Fees do not apply to current Life West students, faculty or staff.
Some fee-based services are free to alumni where indicated.
Library staff fills requests that are within the guidelines for the number of articles from journal or the extent of content from a book permitted by copyright law and licensing agreements. Requesting copies cannot substitute for the need to subscribe to a journal or purchase a book.
Recent Life West graduates have additional benefits, as described below.
Copying Requests $5-$10 each
Interlibrary Loan $5-$10 each
Publisher's Royalty Fees (if any) At cost
Literature Search < 30 minutes no charge; > 30 minutes $15
Training No charge, as time permits
Borrowing Privileges $70 annual membership
Copying Requests for material found in Life West Library collections
Library staff supports education and research, and complies with copyright law in delivering the permitted number of journal articles or amount of text from a book. Copying requests cannot substitute for needed journal subscriptions or book purchase. Chiropractors do well to support authors and publishers who produce and distribute relevant material on chiropractic care.
Video duplications service applies only to Life West productions that are described "copying permitted" in Library's online catalog.
Library staff accepts requests for journal articles from any health science researcher, and complies with copyright law in requesting the permitted number of journal articles or amount of text from a book. When permitted copying is exceeded, staff will inform the requestor of estimated royalty fees that would apply before placing the order.
Publisher's Royalty Fees
Library staff will notify you if your request exceeds guidelines for the number of articles from journal or the extent of content from a book permitted by copyright law and licensing agreements. Royalty fees would apply. You may wish to subscribe to the journal or purchase the book instead.
The librarian builds a search strategy to find journal articles and other materials relevant to your inquiry, and delivers a set of references for you to evaluate. Doctors typically follow up by requesting refinements to the search strategy to capture missing concepts, or to request full text of selected articles. The librarian can also suggest a search strategy if you prefer to search on your own.
Reference librarians teach doctors how to use research databases and formulate effective search strategies, whenever time permits. Since demands of serving students and faculty can restrict availability, librarians may direct researchers to recommended online tutorials and handouts.
Borrowing Privileges (Library Card)
Borrowing privileges are a value only for those people who want to borrow books and audiovisuals for use outside the library. Privileges exclude models, reserve books, and equipment. On site use of materials is permitted inside the library for anyone studying or doing research in health sciences.
Copies of journal articles and book chapters are delivered as email attachments in PDF format, and by U.S. mail when required by our license. Some publishers do not permit electronic delivery. According to copyright law, the copy is for individual use only, and not for further distribution.
When the number or size of files is large, library staff uses a third party service such as DropBox. In this case, please download materials promptly. Copyright law does not permit long-term storage of such documents in the library's account.
Credit card is the preferred method of payment. Life Chiropractic College West accepts American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa.
Tips for minimizing transactions
Circulation desk staff will refer your call.
Help with research:
ext. 2730 Reference desk
Staff acknowledges your request within 24 hours.
- reference requests
- interlibrary loan requests
- general questions or comments
Reference service is available weekdays 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, when class is in session.
Librarians travel around the library, and may not stay seated at the reference desk.
If you need assistance, with research or library assignments, please ask staff at the circulation desk to locate the librarian.