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Emily McElroy, MLIS,  Library Director
Levels 6, 7, 8; Wittson Hall; 402-559-4006

The McGoogan Library of Medicine is the health sciences library of UNMC and the only state-supported academic health sciences library in Nebraska. 

The library is located on the 6th, 7th, and 8th floors of Wittson Hall. To reach the library take 42nd Street south from Dodge Street. The library is located on the west side of the street between Emile and Dewey.

Library hours:

          Monday - Thursday          7:30 a.m. -  Midnight
          Friday                                    7:30 a.m.  -  9:00 p.m.
          Saturday                            10:00 a.m. -  6:00 p.m.
          Sunday                                  1:00 p.m. - 10 p.m.

The library is open to the public, Monday through Friday, 7:30am to 5:00pm. Access to the library after these times and on weekends requires ID badge access for UNMC and Nebraska Medicine employees and students.

Note: The above hours may be changed due to holidays or summer hours. Call the library at 402-559-4006 to obtain current library hours. 

McGoogan Library Website 
The McGoogan Library website link from serves as a gateway to online information resources. Library users can access online journals, books, and clinical resources through the website.   

Borrowing Privileges
All students from UNMC may borrow library materials by presenting their UNMC photo identification card and completing additional registration information at the library’s AskUs Desk. Privileges will not be granted without a valid UNMC photo identification card.

Loan Periods for Library Materials
Books: 2 weeks, with 2 two-week renewals
Review Books: 1 week, with 1 one-week renewal
Print Journals: 3 days, with 2 three-day renewals
Multimedia and anatomical models: 1 week

Renewals may be done in-person at the AskUs Desk, by phone 402-559-4006 and online. Renewals may be granted as long as no one else has placed a hold on the item.

Overdue Fines, Lost Book Fees and Unpaid Library Charges

  • Overdue Fine:  Overdue charges are 20 cents per day for each item. There is a 4 day grace period on most items except reserve items and anatomical models. Fines are paid at the AskUs desk. 
  • Lost Book Fees:  A standard fee of $10, which includes processing costs, will be charged on books, single issues of journals and bound journals in addition to the full replacement cost of the item. Overdue fines may also be charged if the lost item is not reported to the library within the check-out period. 

Unpaid library charges will result in being blocked from checking out materials from the UNMC Library, not being able to register for classes, request transcripts, access records on the student website, or request any type of enrollment verification.  Holds will also be placed for activities on other NU campuses.

Journals, articles, books and audiovisual materials that have been placed on reserve by faculty and staff of UNMC may be checked out for a two-hour period and must be used in the library.

Book and Journal Collection

The  library subscribes to more than 29,000 electronic journals and 39,000 eBooks. Library staff can assist in locating specific items. Books, journals, and  online resources can be found through the Library’s online catalog,

Online resources require a UNMC Net ID and password for off-campus access. 

Education & Research Services (402-559-6221 or toll free 1-866-800-5209)
Education and Research Librarians are on duty to provide assistance from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. They offer a “online search” consultation with assistance in developing effective search strategies for information retrieval.

You may contact librarians in a number of ways:

In person:
6th Floor of Wittson Hall
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
Toll free: 1-866-800-5209
402-559-4006 (after 5:00 p.m. and on weekends)


Text:  402-370-5016
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday

Educational sessions are available for group or individuals throughout the year. 

Audiovisual Materials (402-559-4006)
A small collection of audiovisual materials, including anatomical models and charts are provided at the AskUs Desk.

Study Rooms (402-559-4006)
The library has 16 study rooms available to students, faculty, and staff of UNMC located on the 7th floor of the library. Reservations can be made online ( Patrons must have a UNMC or Nebraska Medicine email address in order to reserve the room, and they will receive a verification email from Evanced Solutions. They must verify their email address first and then will be able to reserve rooms.

Study rooms may be reserved for up to 4 hours at a time with 1 renewal (unless the room is reserved by another). There is limit of two reservations within a 24-hour period. Date and time of reservation must pass before the patron can make another reservation. Reservations may be made up to 2 weeks in advance.

Interlibrary Loan (402-559-7085)
The library can obtain journal articles, books, and book chapters if they are not available in the collection through the interlibrary loan (ILL) service or make scans of articles that are in the collection. Requests for these services are made online through the Interlibrary Loan link found on the library’s website or from within the GetIt!@UNMC button within literature databases. A one-time registration process must be completed at: Turnaround time for receipt of an article is generally 1-2 days. There is no charge for this service, but copyright fees may apply in certain circumstances.

Online Resources
The McGoogan Library provides access to several literature databases, including MEDLINE, CINAHL, Scopus, and Embase. Additionally, thousands of online journals and ebooks can be accessed through the library’s catalog. Online articles are embedded within the literature databases via the GetIt!UNMC button. Clinical Resources, such as UpToDate, AccessMedicine, and LexiComp are also available.

Special Services
Do you need consumer health information for patients or a patient’s family? The library provides information at no charge through the Consumer Health Information Resource Service (CHIRS). A tailored package of information that may include: journal articles/book chapters/pamphlets/web resources. CHIRS information is provided for informational purposes only. Go to  for more information.

The Linder Lounge is located outside of the library on the 6th floor. Vending machines containing a variety of food items and beverages are available. Free coffee is also available. Bring your own cup.

3D Printing
The McGoogan Library provides 3D printing services and a makerspace to support students' research, educational, and clinical projects. All students are welcome to use technologies in the library’s makerspace to design and print 3D models, following a basic orientation. The library also provides a printing service for ready-to-print files. The UNMC Makers Club, sponsored by the library, is a network of students and others who are interested in making or working with 3D printing technologies.