LEON S. MCGOOGAN LIBRARY OF MEDICINE
Emily McElroy, MLIS, Library Director and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
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 sixth, seventh, and eighth floors of Wittson Hall. To reach the library take 42nd Street south from Dodge Street. The library is located on the west side of 42nd Street between Emile and Dewey.
- Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
- Friday 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
- Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
- Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The library is open to the public, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. After 5:00 p.m. and on weekends, UNMC and Nebraska Medicine employees and students must use their ID badge to access the library.
Note: Library hours may change due to holidays, finals week, or summer schedules. Call the library at 402-559-4006 to obtain current library hours.
A student fee of $6.25 per credit hour is assessed to all UNMC students for purchasing library collections. Regardless of location, students can access McGoogan Library collections. Students enrolled in online programs have the same electronic access as students physically located on the different campuses.
McGoogan Library Website
The McGoogan Library website, http://www.unmc.edu/library, serves as a gateway to online information resources. Library users can access online journals, books, and clinical resources through the website.
All UNMC students may borrow library materials by presenting their UNMC photo identification card and completing additional registration information at the library’s AskUs Desk. Borrowing privileges will not be granted without a valid UNMC photo identification card.
- 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
Items may be renewed in-person at the AskUs Desk, by phone (402-559-4006) and online. Items may be renewed 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 fines are 20 cents per day, per item. Fines can be paid at the AskUs desk.
Lost Book Fees: In addition to the full replacement cost of the item, a standard fee of $10, which includes processing costs, will be charged for lost books, single issues of journals, and bound journals. Overdue fines may also be charged if the lost item is not reported to the library within the check-out period.
Unpaid Library Charges: If there are unpaid library charges on your account, library borrowing privileges will be suspended and you will not be 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 on your account for activities on other NU campuses.
Journals, articles, books, and audiovisual materials that have been placed on reserve by faculty or staff may be checked out for a two-hour period. These items 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 you in locating specific items. Books, journals, and online resources can be found through the library’s online catalog, http://helix.unmc.edu/. Online resources require a UNMC Net ID and password for off-campus access.
Education & Research Services
Education and Research Librarians are on duty to provide assistance from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Librarians offer an online search consultation with assistance in developing effective search strategies for information retrieval. Librarians can be reached at:
- AskUs Desk, sixth 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)
- Chat via https://www.unmc.edu/library/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Text: 402-370-5016, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
Educational sessions are available for groups or individuals throughout the year.
A small collection of audiovisual materials, including anatomical models and charts, are provided at the AskUs Desk.
The library has 16 study rooms available to students, faculty, and staff of UNMC located on the seventh floor of the library. Reservations can be made online at http://unmc.evanced.info/Dibs. Patrons must have a UNMC or Nebraska Medicine email address to reserve a room. After creating a D!BS account, Evanced Solutions will send you an email seeking verification of email address. After confirming your account, you will be able to reserve rooms.
Study rooms may be reserved for up to four hours with one renewal (unless the room is reserved by another). There is a limit of two reservations within a 24-hour period. The date and time of a reservation must pass before you can make another reservation. Reservations may be made up to two weeks in advance.
The library’s interlibrary loan (ILL) service can obtain journal articles, books, and book chapters (which are not available in the collection),or can make scans of articles that are in the collection. You can request these services online through the ILL link found on the library’s website (under Services) or via the GetIt!@UNMC button found within literature databases. To set up your account, complete the one-time registration process at: https://unomaha.illiad.oclc.org/illiad/UNM/logon.html.Turnaround time for article requests is usually 1-2 business days. There is no charge for this service, but copyright fees may apply in certain circumstances.
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.
Consumer Health Information Resource Service
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). CHIRS provides a tailored package of information that may include journal articles, book chapters, pamphlets, and web resources. CHIRS information is provided for informational purposes only. More information on this service is available at https://www.unmc.edu/library/consumer.
The Linder Lounge is located near the library’s main entrance on the sixth floor. Vending machines containing a variety of food items and beverages are available. Free coffee is also available. Bring your own cup.
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.
Dissertation / Thesis Binding
Upon request, McGoogan Library will arrange for bound copies of student dissertations and theses. A fee of $20 per copy covers the cost of binding and processing. The bound items can be picked up at the library, or mailed to the student for an additional fee of $10.