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Take a moment for yourself and check out  Healthy Living @ Himmelfarb's  July Study Break Guide!    This guide offers idea for relaxation, restoration, and creativity including watching DC's zoo animals online, taking a yoga class, or trying your hand at paint by numbers!

July Study Break Calendar


Book Spine PoetryOnly one week left to enter!

Stack some books from your collection, snap a photo, and share an image on Instagram. Be sure to tag @himmelfarbgw and #gwspinepoetry for your chance to win a $25 gift card to Politics and Prose. Images must be posted between June 1 and June 30, 2020, to be considered eligible. Only GWU SMHS, SON, and SPH affiliates are eligible to win. Entries will be evaluated for originality and creativity. Winner will be announced July 7, 2020.

Our New NormalThe Himmelfarb Library will open on Monday, June 15 to patrons that have been approved to be on campus during phase 1 of reopening and to students currently enrolled in classes or on clinical rotations. Our summer hours (subject to change) are:

Mondays – Thursdays: 8am – 8pm

Fridays: 8am – 6pm

Saturday – Sunday: 12n – 8pm

We are implementing a number of safety measures to promote social distancing and safeguard your health.


  • Users are required to wear a mask at all times inside the library.

Getting around

  • Enter Himmelfarb Library via the Courtyard.
  • Exit Himmelfarb Library via the security gate.
  • Directional signs will be posted throughout the library to indicate proper distancing and traffic flow.
  • Only one person at a time may use the elevator; priority goes to handicapped users.
  • Our stairwells will be one-directional: 
    • To go up, use the stairwell on the Courtyard side of the building next to the elevator.
    • To go down, use the stairs on the 23rd Street side of the Library.

Using study spaces

  • We have arranged study tables and chairs in a way that ensures 6 ft. of space between users. Floor decals will be used as markers for each and every approved seat to make sure that the patrons are social distancing
    • Please do not move furniture.
    • Keep chairs stationed over their floor decals.
  •  All study rooms at Himmelfarb Library MUST be reserved in advance on our web page. (
  • Only 1 user is permitted in a study room at a time, except in the following rooms:
    • 2 users are permitted in: B100B, B100A, 201, 203G, 204H, 203C, 204C, 304I, 304C, and 305H.
    • 4 users are permitted in: 303.
  • Please limit the amount of food and drink you bring into the library.
  • Please clean up your space before you leave.
  • Hand sanitizer and wipes will be available throughout Himmelfarb. 

Handling library materials

  •  If you pull a book off the shelf that you don’t plan to check out, please return it to a shelving cart.
    • Library staff will quarantine all books on carts for 3 days after usage.
  • Library staff will quarantine all borrowed books for 3 days upon check-in.
  • Borrowed equipment will be cleaned upon return and prior to checkout.


  • Restrooms will have a one-person occupancy limit.
  • Please announce yourself before entering to make sure the restroom is unoccupied.

There will be a way to open the door without using your hands: a kick plate to enter, and a “foot puller” to open the door from the inside.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. You may text a librarian at 202-601-3525, or send an email to: You may also contact the Circulation Desk at 202-994-2962.

LibKey NomadLibKey Nomad now works with Scopus and Web of Science to get you to full-text faster!

LibKey Nomad is a Chrome browser extension that can connect you to articles in Himmelfarb Library’s collection.  LibKey Nomad previously worked with multiple sources including PubMed, publisher sites, and even Wikipedia - and Scopus and Web of Science have been added to this list.  LibKey Nomad immediately delivers a PDF if available, and will otherwise provide you Himmelfarb full-text and document delivery options.

LibKey Nomad provides a 'Download PDF' link as the first option, and if that's not possible will provide other full-text links and Documents2Go document delivery options via Himmelfarb Library.  LibKey Nomad can also connect you to a table of contents for the specific issue to allow you to explore that issue for related items.

LibKey Nomad-integrated links in Scopus

To use LibKey Nomad, download LibKey Nomad from the Chrome Web Store page.  After you install the extension, choose ‘George Washington University – Himmelfarb Library’ as your institution, and you’re good to go!

Please contact Laura Abate ( with questions or comments.

June 2020 Summer Study Break CalendarMove your body, appreciate the small things, see the great outdoors and be part of the GW community via activities and recommendations on the June Healthy Living @ Himmelfarb Summer Study Break calendar!

Citation ManagementOn Friday May 8 at noon EST, the next course in Himmelfarb Library's 2020 Scholarly Communications series will be released! Citation Organization for Beginners with Paul Levett will be useful if you're in the market for a citation management tool or already using one and want to know about your options.

One of the most challenging aspects of the publication process can be documenting and organizing references and citations. In this webinar, Paul Levett will explore how bibliographic management tools can simplify this work and ensure that you adhere to formatting styles such as APA or AMA. Paul will examine bibliographic management tools such as RefWorks, EndNote and more to show you how to use these resources quickly and effectively.

Citation Organization for Beginners will be available from Himmelfarb Library's YouTube Channel.  Check out the sessions previously released in our 2020 Scholarly Communications Series!

CovidenceOn Wednesday  April 22 at noon EST,  the next course in Himmelfarb Library's 2020 Scholarly Communications series will be released!  Covidence Training with Tom Harrod will be useful if you’re currently working on a systematic review or plan to begin a systematic review in the future.

Covidence, a service recently added to Himmelfarb's collection, greatly streamlines the process of creating a systematic review. In this webinar, Tom Harrod will review the common steps performed when creating a systematic review and explore how Covidence can help you during all of these stages.  He will also show you how to get a Covidence account through the Himmelfarb Library’s subscription.

American Medical Informatics AssociationThe American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) presents a free webinar today (4/20) at noon ET entitled: Maximizing Health IT, Modeling, Tracking, Tracing, and Other Public Health Tools during the COVID-19 Outbreak.

To register, go to:

"As part of AMIA's ongoing COVID-19 Webinar Series exploring the role informatics experts are playing in the fight against the global pandemic, this session will discuss the use of informatics by public health agencies to assist in determining where best to allocate resources to maximize health efficiency and efficacy.”

AAMC iCollaborativeThe American Association of Medical Colleges' iCollaborative is building a resource collection in response to the COVID-19 pandemic’s significant impact on the teaching and learning of health professionals. Designed by diverse educators, this working collection features clinical learning experiences, which can be readily used or easily adapted for specific, local settings, without the need for physical patient contact.

The AAMC is actively seek submissions of learning experiences, particularly those that support patient care, but do not involve direct patient contact. Once submitted, the resources will be included in a collection that will be free and widely available to the community of medical education.

Please submit resources describing structured learning experiences that:

  • Involve no physical contact with patients; and
  • Have objectives focused on skills with clinical relevance in broad competency areas.

Submissions may also include supplements such as: checklists, worksheets, lesson plans, cases, or lecture outlines.

All submissions will be reviewed by the collection editor, Lisa Howley, PhD, Senior Director of Strategy Initiatives and Programs, to ensure criteria for inclusion are met.  If you have a learning experience you would like to submit to the collection but need additional support, please contact

Database and book trialsHimmelfarb Library has temporary access to a number of resources and welcomes your feedback on these resources.  The set of resources is diverse and includes a video anatomy atlas, an infectious disease database, and multiple discipline-specific databases including AccessEmergencyMedicine,  LWW Health Library: Advanced Practice Nursing, and   LWW Health Library: PA Rotations/Specialties - plus many more!
You can see the full-list of trial resources including access details and trial dates on the Trials: Temporary Access to Selected Resources Research Guide.

Please explore these trial resources and provide your feedback.  Email feedback and questions to Laura Abate (

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