McGoogan News

How to Check Out Library Materials

You must have a library account to check out materials from the McGoogan Health Sciences Library. If you have never used the library before, fill out this form to request an account. You will receive an email within one business day when your account is ready for use.  

If you have questions about your library account, contact AskUs at askus@unmc.edu, 402-559-6221, 402-370-5016 (SMS), or via the chat box at unmc.edu/library. 

Request Items: 

Submit your request through the library’s online catalog (found here: helix.unmc.edu).  

  • Login to your account by clicking the word “Login” in the upper right corner  
  • Search the catalog for books, journals or anatomical models and charts 
  • To request an item, click on the word “Request” (under the publication information or above the search bar).  
  • Select “AskUs – Level 6” as the pick up location and select a date after which you will no longer need the item.  

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 next to the AskUs desk. Your item will be 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 a book drop, located across from the elevators on Level 3 of Wittson Hall or on Level 6 next to the model storage room.  

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.  

How to Make Study Room Reservations

The 54 study rooms, located in the newly renovated library, can be reserved through the University of Nebraska Space Reservations and Events page.

There is a four-hour maximum time limit on reservations. A student is permitted to extend the reservation for a consecutive four-hour block if the space is available on the day of the reservation.

To learn how to use the new reservation system, view this PDF guide.

Library Reopening and Safety

As of August 18, 2020 at 8:00 a.m., the library is open and only accessible to UNMC students, faculty, and staff and Nebraska Medicine staff. The library is open 24/7 and is staffed Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Building Access and Safety

A UNMC or Nebraska Medicine ID badge is required for building and library access.

  • If an ID badge does not work, contact the UNMC Photo ID office at 402-559-8414, photoid@unmc.edu, or visit the Student Life Center, Room 1048 during regular business hours.
  • Library users should make their ID visible.
  • To maintain a safe environment, do not let anyone tailgate into an elevator or badge access area.
  • Follow any evacuation procedures during a weather, fire, or other emergency.
  • Contact Public Safety with any concerns at 402-559-5111.

COVID-19 Measures

COVID-19 Safety

All library users and staff will follow campus guidelines on masking, social distancing, and cleaning.

  • Masks will be required for entering the library. Non-compliance will result in non-entrance to the library.
  • Masks must be worn in all open areas. No food or drink is allowed in open areas.
  • Masks may be removed in individual study rooms and faculty hoteling offices; doors must remain closed. Food and drink are allowed in study rooms and faculty hoteling offices.
  • Social distancing is expected throughout the library. Floor markings will indicate social distancing at the library’s AskUs desk. Floor markings will also provide suggested paths through the library’s spaces, entrances, and exits. To promote social distancing practices, some furniture has been removed from some areas.
  • Sanitation and cleaning stations and disinfectant will be placed throughout the library. Clean individual and group spaces, including keyboards, before and after use. Proper hygiene, including frequent handwashing, is expected.

Circulation Services

Books and anatomical models may be requested for checkout via the library catalog or by emailing askus@unmc.edu.

  • Library staff will follow procedures to reduce the number of touchpoints for all materials that are based on industry guidelines for isolation of library materials between use. Users may find a short delay in availability of items.
  • Appointments are required for anatomical model circulation.
  • Books should be returned to the book drops located at the Wittson Hall Level 3 elevators or inside of the library on Level 6 of the library.

Rooms and Spaces

Occupancy in all library spaces is currently reduced. Study rooms and conference rooms may be reserved via EMS, the centralized campus reservation system. The library spaces policy includes more information about these spaces.

Renovation in Progress

We look forward to welcoming you to the newly renovated library spaces. Through early 2021, there will be minor touch-ups and occasional construction noise. While the library is generally quiet, you may hear some rumbling during your visit. Video tours and images of the new spaces are coming soon. Welcome back!

DEI Guide: Recommended Books and Articles

The McGoogan Library has compiled a list of resources as a guide meant for those who want to learn more about anti-racism and the experiences of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

The guide consists of freely available articles and educational toolkits and a listing of books on historical discussions of racism, difficult conversations, memoirs, health disparities and health professionals, and more. For the books included on the guide, the library intends to purchase electronic versions to as many of these books as possible. Once they become available, we will update the list with a link to the book. Please note that some books may only be accessible to one reader at a time.

This list is a work in progress.  Please feel free to send any suggestions to emily.mcelroy@unmc.edu, Dean of the McGoogan Library.