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Update: How to Check Out Library Materials

Print materials and anatomical models are available for check out by advance request. If you have questions about your library account, contact AskUs at, 402-559-6221, 402-370-5016 (SMS), or via the chat box at 

Request Items: 

Submit your request through the library’s online catalog.  

  • Login to your account by clicking ‘Sign in’ in the upper right corner of the catalog.
    • Select the option for UNMC Students, Faculty, and Staff and enter your UNMC NetID and password.
    • For non-UNMC users, select ‘Other Users’ and enter your login.
  • Search the catalog for print materials or anatomical models. 
  • Click on the title of an item.
  • Under the ‘Get It’ section, click on ‘Request.’
  • Select the date after which you will no longer need the item and then click ‘Send Request.’

All UNMC students, faculty, and staff have a library account automatically set up.

Nebraska Medicine staff can fill out this form to request a library account. You will receive an email within one business day when your account is ready for use.  

Pick Up Items: 

You will receive an email when your item is ready for pick up on Level 6.  

  • Books and journals will be available for pick up from a table near the AskUs desk. Your item will be in an envelope labeled with your name.  
  • To pick up a model, schedule an appointment to meet staff at the AskUs desk. You will receive an email confirmation.  

Return items: 

Return books and journals to the book drop in Wittson Hall on Level 6 near the AskUs desk.  

To return models, schedule an appointment with AskUs staff. 

Please do not use cleaning materials on library items. Materials will be quarantined between use in accordance with industry guidelines for library materials. Users may find a short delay in availability of items.  

New name for library, but ‘McGoogan’ remains

by John Keenan, UNMC Public Relations

When the McGoogan Library of Medicine changes its name this summer, it won’t be due to any lack of respect for namesake Leon McGoogan, M.D.

In fact, the new name — the Leon S. McGoogan Health Sciences Library, which was approved by the Board of Regents on June 26 — is intended to demonstrate the expanded scope of the institution Dr. McGoogan played such a key role in shaping during his career at UNMC.

“A lot of people have been confused, as UNMC has grown in its programs,” said Emily McElroy, dean of the library. “When they see ‘library of medicine,’ they think we’re only a resource for the College of Medicine. The new name reflects that we serve all the students in the health professions represented on the UNMC campus.”

Nearly every academic health sciences library in the country that has the breadth of programming UNMC offers have similar names, she said.

“We felt, with the renovations under way, that this was the appropriate time to move forward with a change.”

But changing the McGoogan name was never considered, McElroy said.

“Dr. McGoogan not only played a critical role in the original library construction, was instrumental in fundraising for the library and donated extensively to our rare book collection, but his initial fundraising still supports so many library functions. I don’t know what we would do without the foundation that he built.”

Dr. McGoogan (1900-93) was the former chairman of the UNMC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. His affiliation with the library began when he worked there as a medical student in 1922. When the NU Board of Regents voted to name the library after him in 1978, it was in recognition of his decades of commitment to the institution, McElroy said.

The library is hoping for a late July opening for the sixth and seventh floors, and McElroy is excited for the university community to see the renovated space. (The eighth floor, which is mostly archives and offices, won’t be completed until the end of the year.)

“Having windows looking out on 42nd Street on the sixth and seventh floor is amazing,” she said. “It’s so bright. There’s also an overlook above the Wigton Heritage Center – it’s a very welcoming space.”

When it does open, the library will resume its normal operating hours, but because of COVID-19 concerns, it will not be open to the general public, only to university, hospital and affiliate faculty, staff and students. People will be asked to wear masks in the public areas and social distancing rules will be observed.

“We are very excited for our new home,” McElroy said. “The university community will find it a welcoming and comfortable space that is a terrific complement to our dedicated, knowledgeable staff and our extensive collection of resources. Dr. McGoogan would be proud of it, as well.”

This article was first published in UNMC Today.