McGoogan News

Library catalog unavailable Dec 11-22

Beginning December 11 at 4 p.m. through December 22 at approximately 8 a.m., the library’s catalog will be unavailable as we prepare for the library’s new catalog.  Searches for print books and anatomical models will be unavailable during this time. Electronic journals and ebook search will still be available through their respective search boxes.

To obtain a book, request through interlibrary loan. To request anatomical models, contact with the model that you need.

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

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, 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 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.