About Us

The mission of the Leon S. McGoogan Health Sciences Library reflects its support of the academic, research, and patient care programs of The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC):

Connecting the past, informing the present, building the future. Inspiring excellence in education, research, and patient care through information.

The Leon S. McGoogan Health Sciences Library, as one of the nation’s major health science libraries, serves the information needs of UNMC students, faculty, and staff, as well as licensed Nebraska health professionals and residents of the state. The library provides timely access to high quality collections of print and electronic materials, develops applications of information technology, promotes the development of information management skills that support lifelong learning, and promotes networking and the integration of information.

Beginning May 2019, McGoogan Library’s physical home will be closed for renovation, with an anticipated re-opening in fall 2020. The library’s electronic resources and services will continue throughout the renovation. Upon completion of the renovation, the library will reopen in Wittson Hall with 24/7 access. The new space will hold 54 individual and group study rooms, a makerspace, a one-button studio, conference rooms and classrooms equipped with advanced technology, and student and public work stations. The library will additionally house UNMC’s e-Learning Development Laboratory, the Writing Center, College of Allied Health Professions simulation rooms, and a new Faculty Commons space dedicated for collaborative efforts between faculty, the Interprofessional Academy of Educators, Educational Technology, and Faculty Development.  Educational technology instructors will be available for student interaction as well.

The McGoogan Library resources include over 52,000 print volumes and an extensive collection of multimedia and anatomical models. The library website serves as the gateway to electronic information resources. Online journals, books, bibliographic and other databases are available and many resources may be accessed using mobile devices. Online resources include over 32,000 journal titles and over 58,000 full-text books. 

The Special Collections Department of the Leon S. McGoogan Health Sciences Library collects information and archival materials on the history of medicine and the other health professions in Nebraska, and the history of the UNMC campus community. It is Nebraska’s repository for medical related archival materials, artifacts, and rare books.  The library’s rare book collections include medical and general science volumes dating to the 1490s. The Nebraska Collection includes books and journals specifically related to the history of medicine in the state. The Special Collections archives include papers, manuscripts, and photographs as well as artifacts and ephemera. Information about Special Collections can be accessed online.

Librarians are available to assist with the use of the library and its collections, including assistance developing search strategies for the online databases, completing online searches, authorship level of participation in preparation of systematic reviews on request, retrieving factual information and verifying citations, and storing online references using bibliographic management software. In addition, the library offers one-on-one or group instruction in locating and managing information. Requests for these services may be submitted in person, by telephone or email, or sent via text or chat.  In addition, the library offers consumer health information services to Nebraska residents and Nebraska Medicine patients and their families.

Library faculty provide focused training and support to assist students and faculty with access to vital health information resources and their appropriate use. Librarians conduct extensive literature searches for faculty and students as they conduct scholarly research and publication. The library provides bibliographic instruction and library orientation sessions within the curricula at program faculty request. To develop and encourage life-long health information searching and management skills, the library offers customized sessions to small groups of students and faculty, as well as customized in-person or online one-on-one consultations.