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 

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.

De-Stress Week, Animal Livestreams

It’s the week before exams, so it’s time for some de-stress activities. In lieu of the library’s traditional pet therapy and snack breaks, we are providing a curated list of animal livestreams for your enjoyment. We will be featuring these links daily on our Twitter and Facebook accounts, as well as listing them below. Also, check out the campus calendar for other virtual de-stress activities.

  • African animals – multiple cameras feature different animals and settings
  • Penguins – from the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California
  • Orca’s – from Megan’s Cracroft Point Orca Lookout, Hanson Island, British Columbia, Canada
  • Giraffes – from Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, Arizona
  • Kitten rescue – from Los Angeles, California
  • Tropical reef – from the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California
  • Sharks – from the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California

Updated list of study locations

While the study rooms in the library will not be accessible during renovation, there are a number of other study areas available to students throughout campus. Badge access may be required in certain locations. For location of buildings, see the campus map.

Common Area Study Spaces

These locations can accommodate individual students and group study sessions in a larger, open environment. Access may vary based on a student’s college and time of day.

Available to All Students 24/7

  • College of Pharmacy/UNMC Center for Drug Discovery and Lozier Center
    • Locations
      • First and Second Floor Commons
  • Michael F. Sorrell Center
    • Locations
      • Second and Third Floor Commons
      • Third Floor Computing Cluster
  • Durham Research Center I and II
    • Locations
      • First Floor Commons and Dining Areas
  • Student Life Center
    • Locations
      • Second Floor Commons Area

Availability Varies By College and Time

  • Center for Nursing Science
    • Location
      • Third Floor Atrium
    • Student Access
      • College of Nursing Students: 24/7
      • All Other Students: 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. M-F
  • College of Nursing
    • Locations
      • Second Floor Commons
      • Fifth Floor Lobby
    • Student Access
      • College of Nursing Students: 24/7
      • All Other Students: 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. M-F
  • College of Public Health
    • Locations
      • Second and Third Floor Commons
    • Student Access
      • College of Public Health Students: 24/7
      • All Other Students: 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. M-F

Open Study/Computer Space

This room is open to all students 24/7 for open study/computer use when not being used for classes or meetings. The capacity of this room is 72.

  • Michael F. Sorrell Center
    • Room: 1010

Quiet Study Rooms

These rooms are open to all students 24/7 for quiet study when not being used for classes or meetings. These rooms can accommodate as many students as seats available.

Available to All Students 24/7

  • Michael F. Sorrell Center
    • Rooms: 1005, 2010, 2014, 2018, 4053
  • College of Pharmacy/UNMC Center for Drug Discovery and Lozier Center
    • Rooms: 1002,1026, 2006, and 2030
  • Student Life Center
    • Locations
      • Second Floor Commons Area
      • Study Room- 2003A

Small Group Study Rooms

These rooms are open to all students 24/7 for small group study when not being used for classes or meetings. Available for four or more students. They are not intended for private study space. Security will be notified for any items left unattended.

  • Michael F. Sorrell Center
    • Rooms: 2006, 2007, 3003-3028, 4051-4058
  • Student Life Center
    • Rooms: 2003A and 2004

There are also study spaces available at UNO Criss Library and the KANEKO-UNO Library. UNMC students are unable to use study rooms, however. Students can contact UNO Parking Services to receive a reciprocal parking permit. You can find information on parking permits here.

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