Renovation and Virtual Services 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. Depending on the construction schedule, the library anticipates a July 2020 opening. More details will come in the following months.

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.

On-campus service information will be posted to this FAQ upon our return to campus.

Last updated March 18, 2020

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 available for online consultations. Find your liaison and booking forms here.

Will interlibrary loan services be available?

Yes, the library’s interlibrary loan (ILL) service will continue to obtain articles and books on behalf of campus users. Print book requests will be delayed. Place your request and we will investigate ebook or book chapter options. 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.

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

3D printing will be unavailable at this time.

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

On campus binding processing will be temporarily unavailable. See the Library Virtual Services blog post for currently available options. 

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.

 

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?

Beginning March 16, anatomical models will be unavailable for check out. We apologize for the inconvenience. Virtual anatomy resources are available on the library’s Clinical Resources page: Visible Body and Acland Anatomy.

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. Print book requests will be delayed. Place your request and we will investigate ebook or book chapter options.

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.

If you wish to donate physical items to the special collections, arrangements can be made upon our return to campus. Please email history@unmc.edu for more information.

Spaces  

Where can I study while the library is closed?

Please consult with your college and UNMC announcements for direction. 

Will the Writing Center @ UNMC be available?

The Writing Center will be closed March 16th through March 29th. All online and in-person appointments during this time are cancelled. On March 30th, the Writing Center will open for online assistance only. Appointments are required for online sessions.

Is E-Learning available?

Please contact E-Learning 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 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.