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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.

Digital book

Students, faculty and staff in GW's SMHS, SON and Milken School of Public Health have full access to the collections and services of the Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library online.  Many  major public health and health sciences textbooks are available online to support coursework, plus databases and research tools are accessible to find information and manage citations and bibliographies while audiovisual and multimedia resources support research and education.  The Library regularly offers webinars to teach students how to use these resources.

Himmelfarb librarians are available 64 hours each week, including evenings and weekends, to provide consultations and support via web conference, e-mail, and instant messaging.  Himmelfarb librarians are experienced in conducting systematic reviews and supporting culminating experiences. Students, faculty and staff also have full access to the electronic collections of the University Library.

Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library provides the following resources:


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Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee workers traveling to communities, 1980s
Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) workers traveling to communities, 1980s: Women between the ages of twenty and fifty are recruited by BRAC to teach oral rehydration therapy. Because Bangladeshi culture does not always allow women to travel far from their homes, men chaperone the workers and introduce them at each village they visit. Courtesy BRAC Bangladesh

The Himmelfarb Library and the SMHS Office of Diversity and Inclusion will be hosting the National Library of Medicine (NLM) exhibit:  Against the Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health.

Per the National Library of Medicine, Against the Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health examines stories of the community groups that are making a difference in global health around the world. People are working on a wide range of issues—from community health to conflict, disease to discrimination. As we learn more about the challenges of the past, we join a growing community of people committed to global health. A revolution in global health is taking place—see this exhibition and learn more."

The exhibit will be located on the first floor of Himmelfarb Library from October 21 until November 20, 2019.  We hope you will visit!


29523964221_2e380d722d_oPlease excuse any disruptions as some areas of the library receive new carpeting and furniture.  All work should be completed by July 1.

Thank you!


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scanA new Scannx book scanner is available at Himmelfarb Library, located right by the Circulation Desk and Writing Center.
Along with placing flat item documents on the flat bed, the Scannx Book ScanCenter allows dual sided sheet-feed scanning of documents in black & white, color, and greyscale which can then be saved in a variety of formats (JPG, PDF, Searchable PDF, Word) to Gmail, Google Drive, smartphones (via QR Codes), USB drives and even WEPA.
For additional information or questions please contact John Lopez at
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A_water_droplet_splashWe're sorry to share the news that the B1 Level of the library was flooded on Friday and Saturday.   The flood occurred in the book stacks area and some books were damaged.  Here's what you need to know:

  1. Himmelfarb Library's B1 Level is closed for repairs and recovery of as many books as possible.  We anticipate this closure will last about a week and will provide additional information as we have it.
  2. Some books were damaged but we did not lose the entire collection.  We're in the process of drying and cleaning all books possible, and will begin making plans for replacing items.
  3. We want to say THANK YOU to the Himmelfarb users who reported the incidents.  The damage would have been much worse if we hadn't heard from you and we greatly appreciate you letting us know.  If you're having any issues with accessing materials - from broken links to burst pipes - we want to hear about it right away so that we can get to work on the issues.

2/7 Update:  Cleaning and painting of the affected area will begin tomorrow and extend into next week.  The B1/Terrace Level will remain closed at least through all of next week.


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Exterior of Himmelfarb LibraryBecause of the expected protest and rally activity impacting the Foggy Bottom Campus, the Himmelfarb Library will be among the University buildings closed. Himmelfarb Library will be closed from Saturday August 11 at midnight until 7 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018. Please see the campus advisory notice for more detailed information on how the weekend's events are expected to affect activities on campus.

Have library fines?  Participate in our Food for Fines Drive!


Until May 25th, for every non-perishable item you bring to the Circulation Desk, you can clear a dollar off your fines!  All items will be donated to The Store, a student-run food pantry at GW.

Clear out your pantry, settle up your fines, and help people in need!


facebook_computerAppDo you have a favorite computer in Himmelfarb's third floor computer lab? Wondering if it's available for you to use right now?

Check out our new online availability checker to see how many computers are currently available for use. You can see an overall bar chart of the number of available computers by room, or click on any of the rooms to see a map showing which computers are being used (in red).

Once you're looking at a room, you can also search/filter by the software available on each workstation. Click on the magnifying glass in the upper right, then choose the desired software program. The computers with that program will display on the map; you can also expand the search to the other rooms at this point.

This online computer availability service is available via the campus network (wired, GWireless) or via the VPN if you are off-campus.

GW is committed to digital accessibility. If you experience a barrier that affects your ability to access content on this page, let us know via the Accessibility Feedback Form.