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As Himmelfarb Library begins the transition into Our New Normal, you may have questions about where to access certain services and resources we provide. Here’s a guide on what you’ll find available online and in-person.


All of our e-journals, e-databases, and e-books remain available online. We also provide our Documents2Go service entirely online, where you can request articles unavailable in our collection.

We offer instructions on downloading and installing our mobile apps to your device.

There is a host of information available on our Research Guides, everything from question banks to anatomy images, and much more!

Himmelfarb’s Reference team is also available online. Our chat service is monitored by reference staff 8:30AM-8PM EST Monday through Thursday and 8:30AM-5PM EST Friday. Have a question a little too involved for chat? We can also schedule individual meetings with a reference librarian via WebEx. Email us at to start the process!


In addition to our print collection available in our book stacks, you can also find our multimedia collection, audiovisual collection, and software resources on the third floor, in the Bloedorn Technology Center.

Our special collections, the Humanities & Health collection, Historical collection, and Healthy Living collection, are all accessible in-person.

Some of our older journals are kept in on-site storage as bound volumes. You can request a specific volume for perusal by following the instructions on our Borrowing and Requesting page.

Anatomy models are available in various places throughout the library. Our skeletal models and bone boxes are up on the third floor. Heart and brain models can be checked out at the Circulation desk.

If you have any questions about access as we move forward with Our New Normal, reach out to us at or call the Circulation Desk at 202-994-2962.

In response to the University’s move to online classes and some student populations being off-campus during that time, Himmelfarb Library has extended due dates for print materials coming due March 14 through April 5th. Those materials are now due by end of day Monday, April 6th, 2020. Please contact the library’s circulation managers at 202-994-2962 or if you need to extend due dates beyond then or have other questions about borrowing physical materials.Himmelfarb Library Circulation Desk

We expect that Documents2Go interlibrary loan services for digital book chapters and articles will continue as normal. Delivery of some physical materials from other libraries may be delayed as they have closures or reductions in service. Contact document delivery staff at or 202-994-2860 with any questions about borrowing materials from other libraries.

Himmelfarb Library will remain open 24/7 with service desks open regular hours until further notice.


nihHave a NIH grant?  Getting ready to publish?  Don’t forget to play by the rules.

Publicly accessible federal data and journal articles are key sources for major studies of a wide number of issues.  Thanks to recent action by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) ,  these sources have become easier to access, providing those in the medical field with important, reputable information.

Since April 7, 2008, the NIH has required that all manuscripts of NIH funded peer-reviewed journal articles be publicly accessible through PubMed Central.  In February 2013, the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) mandated federal departments and agencies with research budgets greater than $100 million to make research data and journal articles publicly accessible. The affected departments and agencies have adopted different plans, repositories, and implementation dates.

What does this mean for SMHS, GWSPH, and SON researchers? Publication compliance.  Himmelfarb Library can assist you with complying with these open access policies.  You can find everything you need to know about the NIH Public Access Policy and the open access policies of additional federal agencies on Himmelfarb Library's research guide on Open Access to Publicly Funded Journal Articles & Research Data.




DigilockHimmelfarb Library now has ten charging lockers available for your electronic devices.  You can recharge your cell phone, tablet and/or laptop without worry.   The locker tower is located behind the first floor Circulation Desk. These lockers are available by check-out on a first come, first served basis.

To use a locker, take down the locker number and the folks at Circulation will check that locker out to you for 4 hours. Plug in up to two devices in the locker - remember to bring your charging cables!  When you return  to claim your device(s), have the Circulation staff check the locker back in.

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