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Where can I find books… in the library?

The library has books in many locations. This blog article can help you with these locations. You can always stop at the Ask Us Desk for directions.

The library has books in many locations. This blog article can help you with these locations. You can always stop at the Ask Us Desk for directions.

By Dawn Wilson

With the McGoogan Library spread over three floors, it can be difficult to find what you need in an unfamiliar library. Here’s a mini-tour to help you out.

Sixth Floor

This catalog says this book is located on Reserve: Reserve items are located at the Ask Us Desk. They can be used inside the library only, and only for 2 hours at a time. These are books placed for course reserves by your professors.

Isn’t that the same thing as Reference?: Reference books include the newest human atlases, the OED, Directory of Physicians, and drug facts books. They’re located just across from the Ask Us Desk on the wooden shelves. Reference books cannot leave the library, but at least you know they are always here when you need them!

What about Review Books?: We have an entire section of review books to help you study for exams and rotations (ie: USMLE, Step 2, Psychiatry), from different publishers: Pearls of Wisdom, Lange, First Aid, Case Files, Pre-Test, NMS, BRS, and many more. Review and Residency Books are located in the same wooden shelving area as the Reference books. These books are popular, so they can only be checked out for 1 week at a time with 1 renewal.

How about New Books?: New books stay on display for 2 weeks, just to let people know what’s new!

Seventh Floor

When are books located in the Books?: Older books or books not needed for specific courses are located in our regular collection (handily called “Books” in the online catalog). These can be checked out for 2 weeks with 2 renewals.

Didn’t the Journals used to be split alphabetically?: Yes, but now our journals are all located on the 7th floor. They’re still shelved alphabetically by journal title, though.

I’m looking for a UNMC Thesis or Dissertation: Hard-copy theses are located at the top of the stairs, right in front of the Journals.

Eighth Floor

I need a really old thesis, or a really, really old book: You’ll need to make an appointment to get into our Archives (402-559-7094). We have theses going back to the early 1900s, we have a History of Medicine area carrying books too fragile for the shelves, and we also have two Rare Book Rooms with items published during the last several hundred years. These items can be viewed on-site only. More information is available here.

Quiz: You know you spend a lot of time in the library

By Dawn Wilson

Finals are swiftly coming up, and that means you’ve spent a lot of time studying this past semester. If you’re a regular of the McGoogan Library of Medicine, this also means you’ve probably spent a lot of time inside the Library.

In order to gauge just how much time you’ve spent in the Library this year, here’s a little quiz. Match the photo to the location.

In the library … with a new scanning station

By Dawn Wilson

The library has replaced its lone public copier/scanner with a new, easy to use, multifunctional scanning station. The new scanner set-up might look a little complicated. After all, it’s made up of four pieces instead of the one upright copier. But it’s twice as fast as the old machine. Even better, there’s an intuitive touch menu that allows you to crop, zoom, edit, rotate, straighten, and delete pages from a document. You no longer need access to Adobe Pro or photo editing software to put the finishing touches on your document.

Scanner Diagram

Five main options:

  • Scan to USB
  • Scan to email
  • Scan to printer (B&W $.10/pg; Color $.25/page)
  • Scan to smart phone/tablet (requires a QR code reader)
  • Scan to Google Docs

Five file format options:

  • PDF
  • Word
  • Searchable PDF
  • JPEG
  • TIFF

Printing options:

  • Black and White ($.10/page)
  • Color ($.25/page)
  • 8 ½ x 11
  • 8 ½ x 14

Scanning options:

  • Feeder for individual pages
  • Feeder does single-sided and double-sided
  • Flatbed scanner for books, photos, passports, posters, etc.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • The scanner is free, but printing the scans takes cash (coins or bills) only.
  • Scanning to a Smart Phone should be kept to only a few pages; scanning to email in color is usually limited to about 10 pages of color (20 pages of black and white).
  • Printing costs cannot be taken from your student account.
  • You cannot pull files off of a flash drive, so there is still no color printing available (just color copies).
  • When using the feeder, the print faces the wall.
  • Although you can copy both pages from a book or journal at one time, this scanner does not separate them into two pages in the file. So if you want to print more than one page from a book, it would be best to copy one page at a time. Otherwise the text will shrink when printing.
  • The flatbed scanner reads from the opposite corner as the old copier–look for the arrow at the front left.