Posts by: Katherine Morley

Working on a cover letter? Stumped about starting your personal statement? Finishing up your thesis? Never fear, Health Sciences Writing Consultants is here! We interrupt our usual summer hiatus to bring you three special dates where our consultant will be available to advise you on your writing projects.

On 8/9, 8/16, and 9/1, there will be four appointments available between 10am and 2pm. For more information or to register for an appointment please visit the Health Sciences Writing Consultants LibGuide.



Hannah Ellingson


We are pleased to welcome another new Research & Instruction librarian this summer! Hannah Ellingson joined the team in early July and will be the liaison to the school of Dental Medicine. She graduated in May with her MLIS from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where she worked at the Undergraduate Library. She also has a master’s degree in religion from UIUC.

Hannah has lived all over the country–she grew up in Utah, did her undergrad in Washington state, and lived in Illinois before moving to Massachusetts. In her free time, she likes trying new recipes, playing the guitar (not well, but enthusiastically, she adds) and exploring local beaches and hiking

Please say hello if you see her in the library!


We want to extend a warm welcome to the new UG students starting this week and a belated but no less enthusiastic welcome to our new PG students! The library has quiet places for studying (and naps), collaboration space, and you are welcome to eat and drink while you are here (we even have microwaves you can use).

  • Have a question? Drop by the Service Desk on the 4th floor and chat to the librarian on call.
  • Want more extended one-on-one help? Schedule an appointment with the dental librarian, Hannah Ellingson
  • Speaking of Hannah, be sure to bookmark the Dental Resources she’s put together for TUSDM. It includes goodies like information on Board and Licensure Exam study resources, how to find Materials Research, and tips on conducting excellent EBD searches.
  • Forget your charger and your phone’s about to die? Check one out at the Service Desk. For that matter, check out a laptop, a VGI cable, model teeth, real skulls, and more!

We wish you nothing but success here at Tufts and everyone at the library looks forward to getting to know you better!





“Library in the Medical and Dental School Building”, 1907. From the Tufts Digital Library:

A big welcome to the TUSM class of 2026 from all of us here at Hirsh Library! We can’t wait to meet you at library orientation today, July 28th, where you’ll get the chance to learn more about the library and all the resources that are available to you. (We’ve had a few renovations since the photo above was taken in 1907). We’re also looking forward to seeing you at PBL Library Skills Workshops in August!

Your pre-clerkship liaison librarian is Christina Heinrich, so don’t hesitate to contact her if you have any questions or need any library help! You can also stop by the Library Service Desk on the 4th floor of MedEd to talk to one of our staff members, or Ask Us by email, chat, phone, or text–we’re always happy to help!


Allie Tatarian

Please join us in giving a warm welcome to our new Research & Instruction and Data librarian, Allie Tatarian!

Allie is a 2020 graduate of the Simmons MLIS program and previously worked at the New Bedford Free Public Librarians and the Wolbach Library at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian. Here at Tufts, they will be the primary outreach liaison to the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Allie lives in New Bedford with their wife and cat, Elton John. Please feel free to say hello if you see Allie around the library!


Please join us in a long-overdue welcome for our new Evening and Weekend Supervisor, Dominique Lafontant! Dominique is a graduate of Wellesley College and previously worked as a sexual health educator and database developer. She is currently pursing her Master of Social Work. In her free time, her favorite things to watch and play are horror movies and video games. If you’re in the library in the evening or over the weekend, stop by the Desk and say hello!


Fireworks Over Boston by Mike Halsall is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0


Happy Independence Day! We will be closed Saturday 7/2, Sunday 7/3, and Monday 7/4 in observance of the holiday weekend. We hope you all wear sunscreen, stay hydrated, and enjoy your holiday!

Interested in catching some fireworks? has a comprehensive list of all the fireworks shows happening in Massachusetts through mid-July.


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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