Library Policies

Welcome to the Leon S. McGoogan Health Sciences Library at the University of Nebraska Medical Center! McGoogan Health Sciences Library serves the information needs of all University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) students, faculty, and staff, Nebraska Medicine, licensed Nebraska health professionals, and residents of the State of Nebraska. Members of the public are welcome to use library facilities and resources consistent with our policies.

Questions regarding the library's policies may be directed to library administration at 402-559-7079.

Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources  
The McGoogan Health Sciences Library licenses electronic resources (e.g. journals, databases, ebooks) for the University of Nebraska Medical Center community. In general, these licenses allow students, staff, and faculty to access these resources for non-commercial, educational, scholarly and research purposes. Each user is responsible for complying with the terms and conditions of these legally binding contracts and the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17 U.S. Code). Not abiding by terms and conditions can result in the loss of access to a resource for all of UNMC. The person using copyrighted material is liable for any infringement.
Borrowing Privileges  

UNMC students, faculty, and staff have borrowing privileges for library materials. Special privileges may also be granted to other users not affiliated with UNMC. Users are responsible for all items checked out on their accounts. A valid institutional ID is required for University of Nebraska system borrowers. Community members must present a valid state ID. Nebraska Medicine staff may use their Nebraska Medicine ID.






Review Books

Reserve Items

Anatomical Models

UNMC Students 2 weeks 7 days 7 days 2 hours 1 week


2 weeks

7 days

7 days

2 hours

1 week



2 weeks

7 days

7 days

2 hours

1 week

UNO, UNL, UNK Students 2 weeks 7 days None None None


2 weeks

7 days




  Staff 2 weeks 7 days None None None
Nebraska Medicine Staff 2 weeks None None None None
Community Members Patients and Families* 2 weeks None None None None







*Patients and families may only borrow consumer health books.


  • Items may be renewed online or by phone.
  • Items do not need to be present to request renewal.
  • Renewals will be granted unless there is a hold on the item.


  • Items already checked out may be recalled from other users by placing a hold.
  • Notification via email will be sent to the requester when a recalled item is available.
  • The recalled item will be held for 3 business days before it is returned to the collection.


  • Return books to a book drop, located across from the elevators on Level 3 of Wittson Hall or on Level 6 of the library.
  • Return non-book items through an appointment with AskUs Desk staff.

Overdue Items

  • A courtesy reminder will be sent via email for overdue items.

Replacement of Lost Items

  • Replacement procedures will begin after items have been overdue for 7 days for models and 30 days for books.
  • Charges for the full replacement cost of the item, plus a processing fee, will be assessed.

Payment of Library Fees

Library fees are paid online

  • Users with unpaid library fees will not be allowed to check out library materials.
  • For unpaid fees, the library will contact the UNMC Registrar to place student accounts on hold. While accounts are on hold, students will be unable to:
    • Register for classes,
    • Request transcripts,
    • Access records on the student website, or
    • Request any type of enrollment verification.


Collection Access and Services for Other Groups  

Nebraska Medicine

  • Borrowing: Nebraska Medicine employees may utilize interlibrary loan services.
  • Online collection: Nebraska Medicine employees may access UNMC library collections as a walk-in user. Two public access computers are available to Nebraska Medicine employees.
  • Services: All services.

Walk-in, Guests, and Public Users

  • Borrowing: Currently, members of the public are unable to access the library or its collections.
  • Online collection: Public computers will be available fall 2020.
  • Services: Limited to reference. Nebraska Medicine employees may utilized interlibrary loan services.

UNMC Dual Degree Students

  • Borrowing: Yes.
  • Online collection: Full access.
  • Services: All services. Interlibrary loan services should be used in support of UNMC coursework. For other information needs, users should contact a librarian at their other institution.

UNMC Joint, Courtesy, and Special Faculty

  • Borrowing: Yes.
  • Online collection: Full access. Home department must request access via IT.
  • Services: All services.

UNMC Visiting Students, Faculty, and Scholars

  • Borrowing: No.
  • Online collection: Full access. Home department must request access via IT.
  • Services: All services

UNMC Volunteer Faculty

  • Borrowing: No.
  • Online collection: Full access. Home department must request access via IT.
  • Services: Limited. Volunteer faculty may request literature search services and
    interlibrary loan (copies only, not loans) for educational purposes in direct support of teaching or grand rounds.
    Literature search services and interlibrary loan to support patient care, clinical effectiveness,
    guideline creation, quality initiatives, grant writing, publications, or other research are not
    included services for volunteer faculty.
  • Collections and resources are for individual use in connection with volunteer faculty
    member's educational responsibilities as a preceptor to UNMC students.

Library building use is described in the library building access and hours policy.

Interlibrary loan use for groups is described in the interlibrary loan policy.

Collection Development Policy  

Purpose and Scope

The guidelines described in this Collection Development Policy are designed to support the mission of the McGoogan Health Sciences Library and apply to the general, circulating collection. The acquisition and retention of resources are based on meeting the educational, research, and clinical needs and the institutional values of the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in a responsive, user-centered manner.


The McGoogan Library primarily serves the faculty, students, researchers, and staff of UNMC. The library also serves the health practitioners of UNMC’s clinical partners and the public.

General Selection Guidelines

  1. Subject Areas: The collection represents the disciplines of UNMC’s colleges and institutes.
    National Library of Medicine Classification QS – WZ. Limited collecting is done in subjects outside of the health sciences, and they generally include topics falling into the BF, H, LB, and Q classification. Library of Congress Classification
  2. Books: Books are purchased ad hoc, based on the curricular and research needs and user requests. Electronic formats are preferred when available and where cost and licensing terms are favorable. Print books are generally preferred for:
    • Study materials and exam guides
    • Titles authored by UNMC-affiliated individuals
  3. Journals:Journals comprise most of the library’s collection. Current journal subscriptions are only in electronic format. Older print volumes may be retained based on space and availability of the materials through other libraries.
  4. Anatomical Models:The library maintains a collection of anatomical models that support the curricular needs of the institution.
  5. Other Online Resources: The library subscribes to a variety of databases and other electronic resources. Examples may include citation databases, clinical support tools, and writing resources.
  6. Languages: The library only collects English language materials, with two exceptions:
    • Foreign language journals or books that come as part of a package subscription or an Open Access collection.
    • Foreign language communication guides for health practitioners.
  7. Geographic Limits: The library collects books and journals from international English-language publishers.
  8. Material Age Limits: The library’s collection is developed with an emphasis on current information resources.
  9. General Exclusions: The following materials are generally excluded, although exceptions are made: introductory undergraduate textbooks, loose-leaf publications, newsletters, and workbooks.
  10. Duplication: Duplication of formats is mostly avoided except in limited circumstances, such as when an electronic version of a high-use book becomes available after a print version has been purchased.
  11. Gifts: The library selectively accepts gifts of books that meet the selection criteria of the collection. The library cannot guarantee a donor that their gift will be added to the collection. Disposition and retention are at the discretion of the library. The library does not accept donations of print journals.

Guidelines for Withdrawal or Cancellation of Materials and Resources

Withdrawal of Physical Materials

The following materials may be withdrawn without notification or consultation of users:

  • Older editions of textbooks or study resources
  • Out-of-scope books or other items no longer supported by the curriculum
  • Books or other items in poor condition
    • If the content and circulation of the item makes it worthy of retention, it will be repaired or replaced if possible
  • Open Access resources not hosted by the library

Retention of materials in the collection is at the discretion of the Head of Collection Development and Metadata in consultation with the Library Dean and Associate Dean, when appropriate. Retention decisions reflect many variables, such as space, currency, and educational and clinical relevancy.

Withdrawal/Suppression of Owned Ebooks

Ebooks purchased with perpetual access rights may be withdrawn or suppressed within the catalog at the discretion of the library. Common circumstances include:

  • Any high-use ebook with a newer edition (in print or online)
  • Any superseded pharmacotherapeutic, clinical, or other ebooks intended for use at the point of care.

Cancellation of Subscription Resources

The library regularly reviews serials and other online resources to ensure their relevance and value for the collection. Resources being considered for cancellation may be presented to campus for comment and feedback before final cancellation. The following factors may be considered:

  • Usage statistics
  • Cost per use
  • Subject scope and relevance to the library’s primary users
  • Uniqueness of content
  • Availability of other access
  • Terms of license and subscription
  • Campus feedback in response to the proposed cancellation

Collaborative Relationships

The library relies on relationships with the libraries within the University of Nebraska system and other library consortia to augment the collection through shared licensing of online resources.

Computing, Printing, and Scanning  

All computer use must comply with the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Computer Use and Electronic Information Security Policy.

Rudolph Sievers Technology Commons

Twelve PCs and two Mac workstations are available to UNMC faculty staff and students. UNMC logins are required to use the computers in the Sievers Technology Commons. UNMC students may print directly from their mobile device (black and white only) to printers in the Sievers Technology Commons (Room 7063). Learn more about wireless printing, student printing quotas and how to add more credit to student accounts.

Public Access Computing 

Two public access computers are available to Nebraska Medicine employees.
Digital Preservation  


The Leon S. McGoogan Health Sciences Library, in keeping with its mission, is committed to preserving its digital collections through a comprehensive digital preservation program for both born-analog and born-digital collections. This policy outlines the active management and ongoing planning necessary to ensure long-term preservation and access to the library’s digital assets for the foreseeable future.


The objectives of this policy are:

  • Establish a formal commitment on behalf of the library that will proactively protect its digital collections
  • Explain the scope of digital preservation, including the sources and types of materials that will be preserved
  • Enumerate the challenges inherent in implementing a digital preservation program
  • Ensure the authenticity, reliability, and long-term access of digital collections


  • Access: The process for the retrieval of data and information from storage media, through the use of catalogs, indexes, and/or other tools.
  • Analog: Data and information in a format that must be digitized to make it digitally accessible.
  • Born-Digital: Data and information created and maintained in a digital format.
  • Digital Assets: Digital objects (e.g., text, image, audio-visual files) owned or managed by an institution (or person).
  • Digital Preservation: Comprehensive set of managed activities that are necessary to provide continued access to digital objects, beyond the limits of media failure or technology change. At minimum it should include bit-level preservation.
  • Digitized Materials: Analog materials that have been transformed into digital form, especially for storage, access and use in a computer environment.
  • Open Archival Information System (OAIS) Reference Model: A high-level model that
    describes the components and processes necessary for digital archives, including six distinct
    functional areas: ingest, archival storage, data management, administration, preservation
    planning, and access. (Richard Pearce-Moses, A Glossary of Archival and Records
    Terminology, Society of American Archivists 2005) Full reference model and
    specifications: Reference Model for an Open Archival Information System
    (OAIS), Recommended Practice, CCSDS 650.0-M-2, Magenta Book, Space Communications
    and Navigation Office, NASA, June 2012.


Like other Library resources, criteria for selection and preservation will be consistent. Materials selected for digital stewardship and preservation carry with them the library’s commitment to maintain the materials for as long as needed or desired.

The library will strive to:

  • Comply with the OAIS reference model, and other digital preservation standards and practices
  • Develop a scalable and realistic digital preservation infrastructure
  • Manage hardware, software, and storage media components in accordance with industry standards and security requirements
  • Ensure interoperability and long-term sustainability by using open-source formats and software whenever feasible
  • Ensure the integrity of data by guaranteeing that it is the same as it was when it was originally recorded
  • Create and maintain adequate metadata (e.g., administrative, descriptive, preservation, provenance, rights, and technical) necessary for the ongoing use of the digital assets
  • And comply with copyright, intellectual property rights, and/or other legal rights related to copying, storage, modification, and use of digital resources


The library’s levels of commitment as outlined below recognize that developing solutions for “born-digital” materials inform solutions for the other categories. This statement does not imply that these assets are inherently more valuable or important than any of the other categories and/or our traditional, analog materials.

  • Born-digital materials: Rigorous effort will be made to ensure preservation in perpetuity of materials selected for preservation, both Library resources and institutional records.
  • Digitized materials (no available analog): All reasonable steps must be taken to preserve materials without a print analog when re-digitization is not possible or if re-digitization would pose further harm to the physical item.
  • Digitized materials (available analog): Reasonable measures will be taken to extend the life of the digital objects with a readily available print analog. However, the cost of re-digitizing as needed will be weighed against the cost of preserving the existing digital objects.
  • Other items and materials: No preservation steps will be taken for materials requested for short-term use, such as materials scanned for research or exhibits, or for content that does not meet the requirements of the Collection Management Policy (link when policy exists).

Each of the above content sources may present content of varying types which require different preservation strategies. The List of Preferred File Formats gives an overview of many of the content types the library encounters, as well as recommendations for format types that are most suited for long-term preservation. The library will likely acquire materials in additional formats in the future, and preservation strategies will be developed to accommodate new formats as needed.

Financial Commitment

The library is committed to digital preservation and has identified specific resources to support its digital preservation program. The Digital Archivist is a permanent position that has digital preservation explicitly written into their job description, with annual professional development funding as a priority. The library has committed to maintaining funding for a comprehensive digital preservation system, Preservica, as well as diverse data storage solutions.

Roles and Responsibilities

Preservation of any format requires a community of collaborative partners to be successful, and is an ongoing cycle of actions and decisions, not a single event. Libraries, archives, and their staff are traditionally responsible for preserving and providing access to the scholarly record, and this does not change as formats become more predominantly digital. To achieve success, responsibility for the preservation of digital materials requires the participation of archivists, Library staff, Campus IT, Library administration, and University administration.

  • McGoogan Health Sciences Library
    • Is entrusted to provide access to scholarly and historically important materials. As a continuation of this responsibility to preserve information in analog formats, the Library assumes responsibility for the long‐term preservation of, and access to, digital materials of enduring value that are entrusted to our care.
  • Library Administration
    • Is committed to supporting an environment in which digital preservation is regarded as a critically necessary endeavor. This support includes providing adequate managerial and financial commitment to develop a digital preservation program. Resource allocation in support of digital preservation is crucial to the future of valuable digital materials created, owned, or managed by the library.
  • Content Creators & Archivists
    • Content creators and archivists play a key role in identifying and collecting digital content. Due to a higher risk of loss associated with digital formats, content creators and archivists must collaborate closely to manage digital assets throughout their entire lifecycle. Members of this stakeholder group will be responsible for a wide variety of tasks. Their work includes best practices and procedures.
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Campus IT
    • The preservation of digital materials requires a much higher involvement of information technology experts than needed with analog materials. Campus IT provided conceptual advice at the inception of the program and will continue to provide technical support to ensure its success.


The library recognizes that there are several challenges to implementing an effective digital preservation policy, such as:

  • Change: Technology changes frequently, and with it, formats, and dissemination mechanisms. As the Library's digital collection diversifies over time, staff will be required to monitor the changing needs of materials, and update policies and procedures based on these needs.
  • Rapid growth: The University's official record is increasingly available only in digital format. The library’s digitized collection grows each year. Stewarding these materials requires a concerted investment in technological equipment, resources, and staff that must scale with increasing demands and obligations.
  • Sustainability: A sustainable digital preservation model responds to change with appropriate new technology and increases in staffing. Cost modeling numbers are difficult to come by in the field, but noteworthy advancements are being made. The library requires sufficient funding for operations and major improvements to manage its digital collections and to sustain funding for ongoing digital preservation efforts. A digital preservation policy requires adequate resources. The library must refrain from promising more than it can deliver.
  • Selection: Realistically, the Library cannot preserve everything. It is vital that sensible selection processes and criteria be developed.
  • Management: Additional thought must be given to the coordination and oversight of digital collections that are to be preserved. To balance the sometimes competing goals of access and preservation, the Library will focus on the role preservation plays in access.
  • Partnerships: The Library is committed to working with content providers including creators, donors, and others to preserve their content.
  • Expertise: The Library must commit to hiring or developing staff with the requisite expertise to operate a robust digital preservation program. Additionally, the library must be committed to continually update staff skills as technologies change.
  • Rights: The changing landscape surrounding intellectual property rights impacts the ability to provide access to digital materials and can impact digital preservation efforts. In addition, the library must function as a steward for materials that are in-copyright and have access restrictions.


Assigning security measures reduces risks of data loss and/or damage and enables ability to maintain rights management of digital objects. Security protocols may include, but are not limited to, firewalls, intrusion detection, and assigned access and use privileges. UNMC implements cyber security protocols and technologies using software and capitalizing on vendors’ services.

Access & Use

The library acquires, manages, and preserves digital resources so that they remain accessible to its constituents over the long term. Certain limitations may be placed on access due to legal obligations, donor agreements, and other reasons, but, in so far as possible, the library endeavors to make its digital resources openly available to all users.

Review of Policy

This policy will be reviewed, at a minimum, annually to assure timely revisions as technology progresses and preservation strategies and experience mature.

This policy was adapted from and inspired by:

Interlibrary Loan  

Interlibrary Loan is a service for requesting articles and books that are not in the library’s collection and
for requesting scans of items from the library’s print collection. Requests for these items are made

Services for UNMC Faculty, Staff, and Students

This service is to be used for requests that are related to user's work, research, or education at UNMC. For leisure or popular titles or works not related to this work at UNMC, users may contact their local public library for service.

There are no fees for UNMC faculty, staff, and students. Likewise, visiting students and faculty and students participating in a UNMC practicum or internship do not incur charges but may only request copies, not loans. Volunteer faculty and clinical instructors may also use this service for copies, not loans, as it relates to their work as preceptors of UNMC students.

For lost, damaged, or unreturned books, charges will be assessed on the user for the amount invoiced by the lending library. Library fees are paid online. Invoicing procedures will start 30 days after the due date. Users with unpaid invoices will not be permitted to request interlibrary loan materials. The library will also contact the UNMC Registrar to place a hold on student accounts. While accounts are on hold, students will be unable to:

  • Register for classes,
  • Request transcripts,
  • Access records on the student website, or
  • Request any type of enrollment verification.

Services for UNMC clinical partners

Employees and physicians with Nebraska Medicine and Children’s Hospital and Medical Center may utilize interlibrary loan services as it relates to their work. This service is funded through their respective institutions.

Other Groups

Other groups that can use interlibrary loan services include UNMC alumni and unaffiliated Nebraska professionals in need of health sciences-related materials.

Fees apply to these services: $20 for items in the library’s collection and $30 for items that the library must obtain from other libraries or sources. Books cannot be loaned or requested. If the library must pay copyright royalties per the CONTU copyright guidelines, the users will be notified of any surcharges. This fee is determined by the current rate set by the Copyright Clearance Center.

For other groups or requests outside of the scope of services, users can contact their public library interlibrary loan services for assistance.

Library Building Access and Hours  

The McGoogan Library is staffed during regular business hours: Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
(excluding UNMC holidays). The library is currently accessible to users with a UNMC or Nebraska Medicine ID badge.

The library is accessible 24 hours per day, 7 days per week for UNMC faculty, staff, and students and Nebraska Medicine staff. A current UNMC ID or Nebraska Medicine badge is required for building access outside of the business hours of 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM.

To receive library specific emergency alerts, text the word Library to 79516. A pre-existing UNMC Alerts account is required.

Library Service Disclaimer  
The role of library staff is to provide access to a range of authoritative materials. Staff cannot be held responsible for the scientific accuracy or currency of all materials in the collection. The information conveyed by library staff does not constitute legal or medical advice. Library staff will not perform research for legal cases or interpret legal materials. If legal advice is required, the user should seek the assistance of a licensed attorney. If medical advice is required or interpretation of medical information is needed, the user should seek the assistance of a licensed health care professional.
Library Spaces  

Rooms and spaces in the library building are managed by different groups and will have different use or
reservation policies.

All rooms, except those designated below, can be reserved through the University of Nebraska Space
Reservations and Events website for UNMC or by calling 402-559-7254.


Classroom, Library (Room 6032)

  • Priority use: Library, Academic Affairs, IT Education Technology, E-Learning 
  • 24 seats
  • Distance-capable; integrated technology
  • Reservations: UNMC reservations website

Classroom, College of Allied Health Professions (Room 6033)

  • Priority use: College of Allied Health Professions
  • 24 seats
  • Distance-capable; integrated technology
  • Reservations: UNMC reservations website

Conference rooms, medium (Room 6035, 6036)

E-Learning Lab (Room 6040)

EZ Studio (Room 6030)

Faculty Commons (Room 6044)

  • Various technologies

Faculty Development (Room 6046)

Faculty Hoteling Offices (in Faculty Commons, Rooms 6055 - 6060)

Mothers Room (Rooms 6007, 7042)

  • No reservations required
  • See Mother's Room Use Guidelines

James and Karen Linder Maker Studio (Room 6006)

  • Various technologies
  • See Maker Studio Policies

Reflection Rooms (Rooms 7019, 7020, 7021)

  • 1-2 users per room
  • Reservations: UNMC reservations website
  • Reservations are not required. Walk-in use is welcomed.
  • Rooms contain massage chairs, yoga mats, soft lighting, and art

Sonography Lab (Room 6034)

Study Rooms, Individual (42 rooms on Levels 6 and 7)

Study Room, Group (11 rooms on Levels 6 and 7)

 Rudolph F. Sievers, MD Technology Commons (Room 7063)

  • Seats 12
  • No reservations required

VERT (Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Training system) (Room 6011)

Writing Center at UNMC (Room 6004)

Classroom and Conference Rooms Policy

The library classroom and conference rooms in the library are available to UNMC faculty, staff, and students. The library classroom can be reserved through the University of Nebraska Space Reservations and Events website or by calling 402-559-7254.

  • Only UNMC sponsored events may be scheduled in these spaces
  • A UNMC employee or department must serve as a primary contact and handle all details. Off campus guests must have a UNMC employee or department who serves as a primary contact and handles all of the details
  • Groups must vacate the room at least 10 minutes before the hour or 20 minutes past the hour
  • At the conclusion of space use:
    • ensure that A/V technology has been powered off and users have logged out of computers
    • use the cleaning supplies to wipe tables where food or beverage items have been placed
    • return the room furnishings to their original state
    • remove all items brought into the room

If damage occurs and is not reported, or the room is not returned to its original state, the primary contact may be held liable and future room use may be restricted.

Personal items should not be left unattended. 

Study Rooms Policy

Study rooms are available to users with UNMC NetIDs. Users with UNMC affiliate ID badges and others can submit a request for exception to The request will be reviewed and determination will be based on availability. Study rooms must be reserved through the UNMC room scheduling website.

  • Study rooms will have a four-hour maximum time limit on reservations within a 24 hour period
  • Reservations can be made within two weeks of the desired date

At the conclusion of each use of the space:

  • ensure technology has been powered off
  • use the cleaning supplies to wipe tables where food or beverage items have been placed
  • return the room furnishings to their original state
  • remove all items brought into the room

If damage occurs and is not reported, or the room is not returned to its original state, the person reserving the room may be held liable and future room use may be restricted.

Personal items should not be left unattended. 

Inclement Weather and Emergencies

In the event that the library needs to be evacuated or closed due to inclement weather or other emergency, all library users must follow library staff instructions to exit the building.

To receive library specific emergency alerts, text the word Library to 79516. A pre-existing UNMC Alerts account is required


For questions about any room, room technology, or reservations, please contact the library’s AskUs Desk in person, via email (, or by calling 402-559-6221.

Library Use and Conduct  

This policy has been created to protect the rights and safety of users and staff and to preserve and protect the library's materials, equipment, facilities and grounds. This policy references University of Nebraska and University of Nebraska Medical Center policies.

McGoogan Library spaces are primarily intended for academic research collections, library services and programs, study space for the UNMC community, and library-sponsored or cosponsored events. McGoogan Library reserves the rights to cancel, interrupt, or terminate any service or event in the interest of a weather-related emergency, public safety, or noncompliance with University of Nebraska and University of Nebraska Medical Center policies.

Library Access

The library’s resources and public spaces may be used by all users during regular business hours. The library is accessible after hours for UNMC faculty, staff, and students and other affiliates. A current UNMC ID or Nebraska Medicine badge is required for building access. A UNMC NetID or public access computer pass (for walk-in, Nebraska Medicine, guests, and public users) is required to access the library’s electronic resources. See Library Building Access and Hours Policy.

Library Spaces

The library’s public spaces are located on Level 6 and Level 7 of Wittson Hall. Level 6 is a designated collaborative learning space and a reasonable level of noise is to be expected. Level 7 is a designated quiet study space. Cell phones and other electronic devices should be set to a silent mode when entering the library. Users are encouraged to use the Level 6 entrance area for brief, quiet telephone conversations.

Library spaces are designated for use by UNMC faculty, staff, students or library partners. Study rooms and classroom spaces in the library are available for use by UNMC faculty, staff, and students. Spaces managed by library partners may have different access and use policies than the McGoogan Library and are clearly identified in the library.

Food and Drink

Drinks are permitted in spill-proof containers. Food is not permitted by computers.

Children in the Library

Children are welcome in the library. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian aged 19 years or older. Children under the age of 16 are permitted in the library without a parent or guardian only if they are part of a library-sponsored tour or are enrolled in a UNMC course or outreach program.

What to Expect from the Library

  • Space for users that is clean, quiet, and well lit
  • Tools for users to find information quickly and efficiently
  • Courteous and respectful service
  • Access, within specific guidelines, to the library collections
  • Library user records and information requests are considered private information

What is Expected of Library Users

  • Users will engage in responsible behavior and treat library staff and others with courtesy and respect
  • Users will comply with directions of library staff or campus notifications regarding shelter-in-place or evacuation during emergency situations
  • Users will avoid disruptive behavior, which includes, but is not limited to the following:
    • Assault or intimidation through language or actions
    • Excessive noise or commotion that disrupts others
    • Refusing to leave when a room reservation has ended
    • Entering areas of the library that are restricted
    • Engaging in behavior as defined by UNMC's Sexual Misconduct policy
    • Engaging in the use of alcohol or illegal drugs as defined by the Drug Free Campus policy
    • Using any e-cigarette, vaping, or tobacco products per the Tobacco-Free Campus policy. This includes smokeless forms of tobacco and electronic cigarettes

Users Respect for Library Materials, Furnishings, and Equipment

  • Keep all areas clean and place trash in proper receptacles
  • Refrain from marking library property or placing books open face down
  • Check out of materials before leaving the library

Users must comply with the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Computer Use and Electronic Information Security Policy.

Users will not make or use unauthorized copies of items obtained from library collections as described in the Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources policy.

Animals or pets are allowable only in cases of service or therapy animals per the UNMC Pets in the Workplace policy.

Public Safety

Do not leave personal items unattended anywhere in the library. All lost and found property will be turned into Public Safety at the end of the business day. Report missing items to the UNMC Public Safety at 402-559-5111.

The library reserves the right to notify UNMC Public Safety or law enforcement regarding disruptive behavior. Anyone engaging in disruptive behavior may be banned from the McGoogan Library.

To receive library specific emergency alerts, text the word Library to 79516. A pre-existing UNMC Alerts account is required.

Maker Studio and 3D Printing  

The library’s Jim and Karen Linder Maker Studio is equipped with technology and other tools for the purpose of creation and prototyping educational, clinical, and research materials. Library staff facilitates access to the Maker Studio and provides workshops but may not necessarily have the skills to assist with user projects.

Maker Studio Access Policy: Overview

  • The library Maker Studio is available for use by current students, faculty, and staff of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Nebraska Medicine, and Children’s Hospital and Medical Center.  
  • All users are required to complete an in-person safety orientation.
  • Only designated users on the Maker Studio access list are allowed in the room. Guests are not permitted unless they are part of a library-sponsored tour or are enrolled in a UNMC course or outreach program. Children under the age of 16 are not allowed in the Maker Studio. 
  • McGoogan Library staff reserves the right to terminate access to the Maker Studio or to cancel active prints for any reason.

3D Printers Self-Service Use Policy

The Maker Studio 3D printers yield prototype-quality printing which are ideal for creative exploration. Following
a brief orientation, users can design and customize their own 3D prints and make some post-production

  • All users are required to complete an in-person 3D printing orientation. 
  • 3D printers are intended to be used for rapid prototyping, not production. Multiple prints of identical objects will be permitted with permission. 
  • The 3D printing workstations are open unless they are actively being used to run a print job. The 3D printing workstations may be reserved in advance if required for a group, workshop, or special project. 
  •  Users must follow the 3D Printing Policy below.

3D Printing Policy

  • The 3D printers are for non-commercial use only and may not be used to print items for resale.
  • 3D Printers may not be used to produce anything in violation of local, state, or federal laws, or in violation of UNMC or library policies. 
  • No firearms or other weapons (in part or in whole, including replicas), obscene or inappropriate objects may be created using the 3D printer. 
  • 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).

3D Print Request Service 

The library's 3D print service yields prototype-quality printing. This service is best for ready-to-print files. Library staff may resize your model or make minor modification to the support structure or infill to improve the likely success and quality of the finished print. 

  • Print requests will be limited to educational, clinical, and research objects.  Library staff will have the discretion to determine if an object meets one of those three areas.  Library staff will reach out to requesters for clarification as needed.
  • This service is designed for rapid prototyping, not production. Multiple prints of identical objects will be permitted with permission.
  • The library cannot guarantee model quality or stability, confidentiality of designs, or specific delivery times. 
  • All user requests must comply with the 3D Printing Policy.
Mother’s Room Use  

The Mother’s Room is provided for pumping or breastfeeding.

  • The room can be locked for privacy.
  • Users are asked to leave the room clean and neat for the next user. Use the provided CaviWipes to clean
    up any spills.
  • Users are responsible for bringing their own breast pumps. Personal pumps or accessories may not be stored in the room. 
For any spills or problems with use of the room, contact the library’s AskUs Desk in person, via email (, or by phone at 402-559-6221.

The McGoogan Library adheres to the UNMC Privacy, Confidentiality and Security of Patient and Proprietary Information Policy. Library records and other information relating to an individual’s use of the library are considered confidential. These records include, but are not limited to, circulation records; reference or information inquiries; interlibrary loan requests; database search assistance; literature, systematic, and CHIRS requests; and library consultations. User records and transaction histories may be consulted and used by library staff in the course of conducting library business.

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Print Book Room  
Books located in Print Book Room can be checked out during staffed hours. Please refer to the library’s policy on borrowing privileges for loan periods.
Reflection Rooms  

The library’s Reflection Rooms are provided for quiet reflection and wellness.

  • Please respect the rights of others in a room when occupied by more than one person.
  • Room furnishings supplied by the library must remain in the rooms. Do not move furniture or whiteboards into the room.
  • The rooms are not intended for studying, sleeping, or activities that do not honor the intent of the rooms. 
  • Rooms are not intended for group activities.
  • Please silence electronic devices.
  • Food and beverages are prohibited. 
  • Burning of any material or candles is prohibited. Flameless candles are available in some rooms.