McGoogan Library Services

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The McGoogan Library 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. to Midnight
Friday 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Note: A UNMC ID is required to access the library after 5 p.m. and on weekends. The above hours may be changed due to holidays or summer hours. Call the Library at 402-559-4006 to obtain current library hours. Maps showing library hours, location and parking can be found here:

McGoogan Library Website

The McGoogan Library website link from serves as a gateway to electronic information resources. With the proliferation of online resources available, the Library has acquired and made available online journals, books, and databases through the library website and many formatted for mobile devices. Resources once only accessible in the library are now available from any location with Internet access. Library users can gain access on or off campus provided through the Library’s online catalog, its Online Journal and EBook Finder, selected online databases, and Clinical Resources. Social networking allows the Library to keep users informed via a blog, Facebook and Twitter, as well as help users at the point of need through an online “chat” services. The majority of the library online resources are available off-campus provided the user has an UNMC System ID and Password.

Borrowing Privileges

All faculty, staff, and 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

Multimedia and anatomical models: 1 week

Renewals may be done in-person at the AskUs Desk, by phone 402-559-4006. 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 study room keys. 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.

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 free “online search” service. Contact them with your information request and a librarian will search the library’s electronic and print resources to answer your request. Some of the services include: assistance developing search strategies for the online databases; searching the Internet effectively; retrieving factual information from the book collection; and verifying citations.

You may contact the 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

Education is available for group or individual instruction throughout the year. The Education & Research Services department can help you learn to perform your own searches and teach you how to access the Library’s electronic journals and e-books.

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 Order Articles 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.

Electronic 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.

Do you own a smartphone or tablet? Check out our mobile resources at to find out which medical and drug related resources you can download or access.

Special Services

Do you need information for patients or a patient’s family? The Library provides information at no charge through the Consumer Health Information Resource Service (CHIRS). A Librarian will research the condition and provide 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.

Additional library services include wireless Internet access, a fax machine for sending and receiving faxes, group study rooms, and access to and use of the Rare Book and History of Medicine collections.

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. Beverages in covered containers may be brought into the Library.

3D Printing

The Library has a 3D printer available. All printed objects must be picked up at the AskUs Desk within 30 days of printing. The Library cannot guarantee model quality or stability, confidentially of designs, or specific deliver times. The 3D printer may be used for academic or business-related purposes only. Objects printed on the library’s 3D Printer must be done so for lawful purposes. Users must abide by all applicable intellectual property rights and laws including copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code) and patent law (Title 35, U.S. Code). UNMC policies, and library policies. No firearms or other weapons, obscene or inappropriate objects may be created using the 3D printer. McGoogan Library staff reserve the right to decline any print request for any reason. Print requests will be limited to academic, clinical, and research objects. Library staff will have the discretion to determine if an object meets one of those three areas. If an object is questionable, staff will notify the requestor for clarification of the objects intent.