McGoogan News

Library announces new limitations on studying in groups

Based on recent enhanced campus guidelines, the McGoogan Health Sciences Library is implementing new limitations on studying in groups to further de-densify the library and keep everyone safe from COVID-19. Beginning Nov. 16: 

  • Only one student is allowed in medium-sized study rooms.  
  • Only one student is allowed per table in the open study areas.  
  • Students are required to wear masks in any open study area, but may take them off when studying alone in a study room.  
  • Students must use a study room when eating or drinking.  
  • Students are required to complete the 1-Check UNMC app before coming to campus. 

Despite clear campus guidelines, signage throughout the library and verbal reminders from library staff, we have noticed a decline in mask compliance. Without compliance, the library may need to close or start blocking access to individuals who are not compliant

It’s important for all students to have a quiet, safe study space. While the recent guidelines discourage students from coming to campus solely for the purpose of studying, we also recognize that not everyone has a home environment conducive to studying. We remain available to those who need appropriate study space. At the same time, we must ensure safe library conditions for all of our users, including our staff.  

As a medical campus, our mission is to develop future health care professionals, who have both a ‘duty to care’ and a responsibility for setting an example of good health care practices. We take that responsibility, and the safety of your health, seriously and we ask you to do the same. 

Please take a moment to re-examine the Fundamentals of Campus COVID Control and redouble your efforts to adhere to them. In so doing, you will help protect yourself, your loved ones and your community. You also will instill confidence in your patients and set an example for future health care providers.    

Emily McElroy,
Dean, McGoogan Health Sciences Library 

Catalog beta release set for November 9

On Oct. 29, UNMC IT asked the library to shut down the server that hosts the library’s catalog of books and electronic resources. Beginning Nov. 9, the library will provide beta access to a new catalog that will officially debut on Dec. 21. 

This access will provide discovery of print and electronic collections, as well as anatomical models. Users will be able to request items for checkout after contacting for an account. With the catalog in beta, users may encounter issues when searching the interface. This provides an opportunity to identify and correct problems before the official December 21 launch. Users are encouraged to report issues through this online form. 

Holdings represented in the catalog are current as of July. Books that are not available can be requested via interlibrary loan. The holdings of the other NU libraries will also be visible, but only for informational purposes at this time.  

By bringing up this new system in beta, the library will continue to provide the UNMC community with access check out materials and view our print holdings during this interim period.

Catalog and checkouts affected

On October 29, IT asked us to shut down the server that hosts the library’s catalog of books and electronic resources. From October 30 until further notice, you will not be able to check out any books or anatomical models. You will not be able to look in the library catalog to see if we own a print book, journal, or anatomical models. We will reach out to anyone who already has materials checked out to confirm when materials are due. We apologize for the short notice and inconvenience. Please contact Emily McElroy, Dean of McGoogan Health Sciences Library, with any questions or concerns at

Authentication issues for library resources

Due to a change in IT’s authentication, we discovered access to some electronic resources, ILL, and Digital Commons are affected. A key resource affected by this change is UpToDate. At this point, we don’t know when seamless access will successfully be moved to another system.  

UpToDate should work while on campus. Users are encouraged to create a personal UpToDate account while on campus or through Global Protect on , UNMC devices, to access the resource directly through If users currently have an active, personal UptoDate account, they should be able to access the resources from this link without interruption.  For users who cannot access Global Protect or are not on-campus, please contact our eresource troubleshooting for assistance in creating an account. At this time, Nebraska Medicine users should not be affected.  

For interlibrary loan login issues, please follow the procedures as outlined in this blog post to make requests or access your account. You can also contact interlibrary loan at or 402-559-7097. 

For access to DigitalCommons, please contact Heather Brown at