Posts by: Katherine Morley

Juneteenth hours

On Monday, June 20th, the Library Service Desk and Library Offices will be closed for the observance of Juneteenth. We will be open for our regular hours on Saturday and Sunday.

The university will be holding a Juneteenth Observance Ceremony on Friday, June 17th. The ceremony will be held on the Medford campus and livestreamed for those who would like to attend remotely. For more information or to register, please visit the University’s Juneteenth website. 



With commencement now a fond memory and summer sessions in full swing, you might be wondering when you can visit the library during the summer. The answer? The same time as the rest of the year! We keep the same hours year round so that you can access all the resources and support you need, regardless of the temperature. We will have modified hours on Juneteenth, 4th of July weekend, and Labor Day weekend, but besides that we are here for our normal hours 7 days a week! Our hours and any holiday modifications are posted on our website.


Memorial Day Weekend Hours

In observance of Memorial Day, Hirsh Library will be closed on Monday, May 30th. We will be open for our usual hours on Saturday and will be closing at 8pm on Sunday. Hope you have a sunny and relaxing long weekend!


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Congratulations Class of 2022! All of us at the Hirsh Health Sciences Library applaud your hard-earned accomplishments and we wish you the best in your future endeavors! We look forward hearing about all the great work you will do.

Please note that the Library Service Desk will be closed this Saturday, May 21, as there will be a reception for the graduates taking place on the 4th floor.

On Friday, May 20th, preparations will begin for Saturday’s event so there will be some disruption on the 4th floor and the Food4Thought cafe will be closing at 2pm.


It’s Stress Less Week and we’re here to help! Join us at the Library Service Desk on Tuesday 4/26 from 2:30-3:30pm for a study break. We’ll have tea and snacks so you can take a moment to relax and refuel before retiring to your study carrel.


Need a good luck charm to get you through finals? Want to give a friend a boost while they’re in a marathon study session? Then stop by the Library Service Desk on Wednesday 4/13 and Thursday 4/14 starting at noon! We’ll have all the supplies you need to make some motivational tokens for yourself or your friends. We have a variety glass gems and paint pens to create a pocket-sized work of art. And as a bonus, we’re bringing out the button-maker!

Hope to see you there!




Congratulations on your match, Class of 2022!  We can’t wait to celebrate with you tomorrow (in person!) on Match Day and learn where you’re headed!

For those of you not in the know, Match Day is an annual event that began in 1952 where medical students learn where they will go for their residency program.  On Friday, March 18th the Library Service Desk on the 4th floor will be closed from 11am-2pm to accommodate celebrations for this event.  All other floors will be open for study.  Please plan on obtaining laptops and reserve items prior to 11am if you need them. In addition,  the Food4Thought Cafe’s kitchen and coffee station will be closed all day, but the usual self check-out items will be available. Thank you!


Collage of Study Buddies

Study carrel feeling lonely? Assignments got you down? Why not make a little buddy to help cheer you up? That’s right, Hirsh’s favorite pom pom critters are back for two days only! Stop by the Library Service Desk this Thursday 3/10 and Friday 3/11 starting at noon and make a fluffy friend for yourself or someone else. Nothing lifts the spirits like staring into an adoring pair of googly eyes.


Our spring School Affiliation Week starts this Sunday, March 6th.  In past years we’ve scattered our days among an entire month, but given the way life is lately, we decided it would be best to have it one-and-done, like we did in the fall. Here’s how it’s going to work.

From Sunday, March 7th through Saturday, March 12th, members of the Hirsh Library staff will be walking around 3-4 times a day with a clipboard in hand. We’re going to ask everyone in the library what school/program they’re with (Med, Dental, GSBS, etc). And that’s it. We’ll make a check mark and move on. Afterward, share the data we’ve gathered on the blog! If you want to see what that usually looks like, here’s our post from June 2020.

And this is what the survey looks like for us:

If you don’t want people to get too close, or you just don’t want your studying interrupted, you can always leave your ID out, or just write your program down on a piece of paper and leave it next to you. If you’re in a study room, feel free to write down the number of people and their program(s), and tape that to the outside of the study room door (not the window). If you need paper or tape we have them at the desk! Just come ask.

Just please remember to take down any signs you put up, and to remove any IDs or papers you put on the desks by you.

If you have any questions or concerns at all, don’t hesitate to ask us! You can call us at 617-636-6706, e-mail us at, visit our live chat on the Ask Us page, or even just swing by the desk on the 4th floor and chat to us in person.

Thank you for your assistance with this, and we look forward to a nice smooth Affiliation Week!


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In observance of Presidents Day, we will be operating with a modified schedule on Monday, February 17th. The Library Service Desk will be open from 12pm – 7pm and Library Offices will be closed. We will open for our usual hours on Tuesday. Enjoy the mild weather and have a good weekend!

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