In observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day, we will be operating with a modified schedule on Monday, January 17th. The Library Service Desk will be open from 12pm-7pm and the Library Offices will be closed. We will be open for our usual hours on Saturday and Sunday. Stay warm and have a great long weekend!


Panicking about your personal statement? Feeling threatened by your thesis? Never fear, Writing Consultants appointments resume later this month!

Registration is now available for 45-minute long appointments, conducted over Zoom. This semester, appointments will be held on Tuesday and Thursdays from 10am-3pm, and Sundays from 12pm-5pm.

Spots go fast, so sign up now! Never met with a writing consultant before? Visit our Writing Consultants Guide for more information about what she can help with and how to prepare.


Happy New Year from all of us at the Hirsh Health Sciences Library! Whether you’re excited to make 2022 the best year of your life or dreading 2020: Part 3, the library is always here to help. We have new books on display in the Leisure Reading section on the 4th floor that we hope you’ll find helpful for sticking to your resolution – or maybe they’ll inspire you to take on a new one.

Is there something we don’t have in our collection that you think we should? Let us know by recommending a purchase.


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On Jan. 12, 2022, JumboSearch will be upgraded to a new version. While this version may look similar to the old, Tufts Libraries Staff have thoroughly reviewed the new interface and have updated it to provide an even better user experience than before.

There should be no interruptions to JumboSearch access during the upgrade on Jan. 12th.

How will JumboSearch be different after the upgrade?

JumboSearch will mostly look and act the same but there are some changes. Here are the highlights:

  • Easier to read interface, including clearer language to help you see and access our print and e-holdings
  • Audio and video resources types will be separated, allowing more precise searching and filtering
  • You’ll be able to search within a journal directly from a journal result
  • Updates to materials within JumboSearch will be faster than before – this will be especially helpful at the start of the semester when items are placed on course reserve

What will happen to My Account?

Your saved records will be copied over – you don’t have to do anything.

Your saved searches and search history will not be copied over. We recommend you copy your saved searches and history. We may be able to retrieve saved searches on your behalf but there are no guarantees. If you need help finding saved searches or history in your account, please contact a librarian.

What about my links and bookmarks to JumboSearch?

Your links and bookmarks will automatically redirect to the right place after the upgrade. However, please check and update your links and bookmarks when you can.

I still have questions!

Just Ask Us! if you have any questions or concerns you have. We’re happy to help!


Cam Duval

We are pleased to welcome Cam Duval as our new Collections Assistant!

Originally from Framingham, Massachusetts, Cam started his library career at the Pennsylvania State University libraries as a sheet music and A/V materials cataloger. After moving back to New England, Cam worked as a cataloger on a project to help preserve the Boston Public Library’s Founding Research Collection and as a proofreader on the BPL’s Anti-Slavery Manuscript collection transcription project. When he’s not at work, Cam enjoys playing tabletop games, binge-watching 50-year-old television shows, and hunting for Steely Dan records in antique stores. He’s very glad to return to an academic library setting. Please say hello if you seem him around the library!




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We have an update to our hours this week–the Library Service Desk will be closing at 5pm today, Monday December 20th, and remain closed through the rest of the week. Remote help will be available Tuesday-Thursday from 8am-5pm via email, chat, or text. We will then be closed from 12/24-1/2 for the holiday break. Wishing you a healthy and happy holiday season!


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Please give a warm welcome to Anne Meringolo, our new Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian! She is a graduate of Simmons University MLIS program and previously worked as Collection Services Manager at New England Historic Genealogical Society. Prior to that, she worked at Simmons University as a Serials and E-Resources librarian.

When not working, and it’s not winter, she can be found in her community garden plot. If you see her around the library, please feel free to say hello!


For the holiday break this year, Hirsh Library will have some adjusted hours:

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December 17th: 7:45am – 5pm

December 18th & 19th: Closed

December 20th – 23rd: 8am – 5pm

December 21st – 23rd: Library Service Desk Closed, remote help available until 5pm.

December 24th – January 2nd: Closed*

January 3rd: Return to regular hours (7:45am – 11pm)

*Please note, the 24th – 2nd is a Tufts University level closure, so the building will not be accessible via card swipe. Put your feet up and relax! Or go exploring!

If you need any assistance while we’re closed, you can always feel free to e-mail, and someone will get back to you. The desk will follow the above hours, but we’re here to help, and we like to make sure we always can help.

But no matter what, we here at Hirsh Library hope you have a relaxing and rejuvenating break, and we’ll see you back here in January!

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Everyone knows that if you wait to long to do your holiday shopping, you will be gifts at the corner “7-11.” Trust us, “Slim Jims” and a gallon of blue anti-freeze are NOT on most folks’ holiday “wish lists”!  If you wait too long to start your research, you could be stuck using the resource equivalent of the corner “7-11”   – and yes, we’re looking at you Wikipedia and Google Books!

The good news is that you still have time to discover high-quality resources and to get help from the right people!  That is way we want to share with you  the following list of resources and services.  It’s not too late to get your research going in the right direction! Check out these resources and don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need help!


Research Guides by Subject
Need to subject specific resources, such as article databases, books and key web sites? Visit the Hirsh Library’s Research Guides by Subject to find the just right resource that has been carefully curated by the Hirsh’s research & instruction librarians.

Librarian Assistance
“Our Research & Instruction librarians provide a wide range of informational and instructional services to the Tufts community. We offer instruction on biomedical resources individually, in small groups, and through course-related instruction.”

Health Writing Consultants
“Free writing assistance is available to all current health sciences students at Tufts’ downtown campus. Health Sciences Writing Consultants support projects such as research papers, clinical articles, personal statements, theses, doctoral dissertations, conference papers, proposals, posters, and abstracts. ”

Data Lab Assistants
“Data Lab Assistants provide walk-up help at the Tufts Technology Services Support Desk on the 5th floor of the Medical Education Building.  Lab Assistants can answer questions about using GIS, statistical and data visualization software. “


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This weekend is the final Extended Hours weekend of the semester! Hirsh Library extends its weekend hours to help you study, and we will be open from 10am to 10pm on:

Saturday, December 11th
Sunday, December 12th

We will also have free coffee for you this Saturday! The coffee is scheduled to show up at 4pm, so so you can come take a quick study break and commiserate while you caffeinate.

As a reminder, the Med Ed building hours do not change. Swipe access is from 6am – 11pm, and if you are here by 11pm you can stay until midnight. Extended Hours are strictly for Hirsh Library services.

If you have any questions you can feel free to swing by the desk on the 4th floor, or call us at 617-636-6706. Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you this weekend!

Happy Studying!

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