Renovation FAQ

The McGoogan Library, located on floors 6-8 of Wittson Hall, has closed for renovation. The library will remain closed until renovation is complete, with anticipated reopening in 2020.   

The library will minimize disruption to its resources and services where possible. This FAQ describes the library’s plan for continuation of resources and services during the renovation period. If you have a question not addressed in this FAQ, submit it here.

Last updated August 24, 2019

Services  

How do I contact the library to ask for help with research or education?

Education & Research Services will continue during the renovation. You can contact the library by phone: 402-559-6221 (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., M-F), email: askus@unmc.edu, text: 402-370-5016 (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., M-F), or chat on the library homepage (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., M-F).

  • Submit your literature search requests here.
  • Find your liaison librarian to support curricular activities and library orientations.

Librarians are also physically located in the College of Pharmacy, College of Nursing, and College of Public Health. View the locations and contact information here.

Will interlibrary loan services be available during the renovation?

Yes, the library’s interlibrary loan (ILL) service will continue to obtain articles and books on behalf of campus users. Book delivery will be based on the individual. ILL staff will contact you to find the best method (i.e. campus mail, USPS, or personal delivery) for pickup and will include a return campus mailing label with the book for returns. Please contact the library’s ILL department at 402-559-7085 or send an email to illdept@unmc.edu. Submit your requests here.

How do I contact the library to ask for consumer health information for myself or a family member?

The Consumer Health Information Resource Service (CHIRS) will continue to provide information for personal health and wellness topics to Nebraska residents and Nebraska Medicine patients and families. You can submit requests by email: askus@unmc.edu, phone: 402-559-6221 (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., M-F), or by online form.

You can talk to a librarian in-person at the Resource and Wellness Center, in the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10:00 a.m.-1 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday, 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. The Resource and Wellness Center is located at 505 S 45th Street, second floor, Room 2.12.01, Omaha, NE 68131. Directions and parking information.

Will 3D printing or the makerspace be available during the renovation?

The library's makerspace will be closed during the renovation. There are no other makerspace facilities on the UNMC campus.

The library will continue to offer 3D printing by request. Contact Emily Glenn at 402-559-4085 for more information.

Will bindery services for dissertations and theses be available during renovation?

Yes, bindery services will be available during renovation. A new online form has been developed to submit bindery information and payment. Copies of theses and dissertations will be dropped off and picked up at the Graduate Studies office. For more information, see the Theses and Dissertation Services page.

Will Special Collections be taking research requests during the renovation?

Most of the Special Collections will be inaccessible. The Special Collections staff will make every effort to assist you with your research needs with digital resources. Please email history@unmc.edu for more information.

Does the library still host special events?

During renovation, the library will continue hosting special events, like author readings and the Davis Lecture. Please subscribe to our McGoogan News blog or our UNMC Engage group to keep current on upcoming special events. Library special events are also listed in the UNMC Calendar.

Can I take a tour of the library?

Physical tours of the library space are not available during renovation. Please contact your library liaison if you would like a library orientation presented at your location.

Materials  

How does the renovation affect the online journals and resources?

Online journals and resources will continue to be available. The renovation will not affect their availability.

Will anatomical models still be available for checkout?

Anatomical models are e available for checkout from the library's temporary model checkout point in ESH 8035A. The loan period for circulating models is 3 days. Non-circulating items must be used in ESH 8035A. Please contact us via chat, phone or email to arrange an appointment to check out a model during our library service hours of Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Models are listed in our catalog.

Will the print book collection be available?

No, the book collection will not be accessible (this includes review books). However, if there is a book that you need, you can request a copy through Interlibrary Loan. Please note that we will be obtaining copies from other libraries, so the turnaround time could be 1-2 weeks. Items will be mailed or delivered to you.

Can books and other materials be placed on reserve?

Course reserve materials will not be available during renovation. For alternatives, please see our ebook collection for available titles.

Will the Special Collections be available?

Most of the Special Collections will be inaccessible. The Special Collections staff will make every effort to assist you with your research needs with digital resources. Please email history@unmc.edu for more information.

I have materials I’d like to donate to the Special Collections.

During the renovation, donations will be accepted on an item-by-item basis due to storage and accessibility considerations. Please email history@unmc.edu for more information.

Spaces  

Where can I study while the library is closed?

While the study rooms in the library will not be accessible during renovation, there are a number of other study areas available to students throughout campus. Badge access may be required in certain locations.

Other campus locations:

  • CNS third floor atrium
  • CON second floor commons
  • CON fifth floor lobby
  • COP first and second floor commons
  • COP second floor group study rooms
  • COPH second and third floor commons
  • DRC I and II (with badge access) first floor commons and dining areas
  • Sorrell Center second and third floor commons
  • Sorrell Center second floor group study rooms
  • Sorrell Center third floor computing cluster

There are also study spaces available at UNO Criss Library and the KANEKO-UNO Library. Students can contact UNO Parking Services to receive a reciprocal parking permit. You can find information on parking permits here.

Will the Reflection Room be available during renovation? What about the massage chairs?

The Reflection Room will not be accessible while the library is closed. A massage chair will be moved to the Department of Psychiatry, Poynter Hall 6021. You can find other campus wellness resources here: UNMC Wellness website.

Can I schedule a meeting room in the library?

Library meeting rooms are not available during renovation. You can learn more about other meeting room options by contacting the Campus Room Scheduling service.

Will the Writing Center @ UNMC be available during renovation?

The Writing Center will move temporarily to the 2nd floor of the Student Life Center beginning the first week of the Fall 2019 semester. Summer hours are available at UNO or virtually.

Where will E-Learning be located while the library is closed?

E-Learning will be located in the College of Public Health. See their website for further information.

Can I access the VERT or Sonography Lab during the renovation?

Students can contact their respective program directors for more information.

Technology  

Where can I find computers on campus?

The library’s computers will not be available during renovation. There are student computers available in the Sorrell Center third floor and the Center for Nursing Science third floor. For more information, see Student Workstations. UNMC and Nebraska Medicine staff can also use these computers to access library resources. Currently there are no other computers on campus for public use. 

Where can I find student printers on campus?

The library’s student printer will not be available during renovation. Student printers are available in the Sorrell Center third floor and the Center for Nursing Science third floor. For more information, see Student Printing. These printers are for student use only.

Where can I find a computer that has SPSS or SAS statistical software?

The student computers in the Sorrell Center third floor and the Center for Nursing Science third floor have both the SPSS and SAS software.

Where can I find a device charging station on campus?

There is a device charging station available for students, faculty and staff in the Sorrell Center second floor.

Where can patients or caregivers find a computer to print/scan documents or check email?

The library’s computers will not be available during renovation. Currently there are no other printers or scanners on campus for public use.

The library does offer a tablet lending program at the Resource and Wellness Center at the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center. Patients and caregivers can use the tablets to check email, read health information, or use apps to help relax. A driver's license is required to borrow a tablet, and the tablet must remain inside the Buffett Cancer Center during checkout. The Resource and Wellness Center is located at 505 S 45th Street, second floor, Room 2.12.01, Omaha, NE 68131. Directions and parking information.