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Hirsh has a collection of rare, centuries-old books and artifacts that have accumulated over the years—they are housed on the 6th floor of the Sackler building and are available to you for library use only.

This summer we undertook a most enjoyable clean-up project (for the book-lover/ history-nut) of the Special Collections room: re-classifying and cataloging hundreds of dusty, old books from their Library of Congress call numbers to National Library of Medicine, and creating new archival ID strips while conducting preservation tasks as needed.

Many thanks are due to Stack Assistants Rebecca Philio and Tiffany Wong for their help and support. The project has now reached completion and was a great success!


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We are glad to be able to provide many interlibrary loan and document delivery services for free. However, there still may be times when there is a charge associated with your ILLiad request. We don’t always know at the outset which requests are free and which ones will incur a fee.

If you don’t want us to fill these requests for which you will be charged, we’ve made it a little easier to let us know on the ILLiad request form. Just select “yes” or “no” from the dropdown menu for the question: “Only If Free?”

Free Only


If you select yes, we will cancel the request if you would be charged for it.  Please email if you have any questions.  More information about when we do charge can be found on the ILLiad fee schedule.

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We’ve obtained two new LWW Health Library learning resources. Along with the Medical Education collection, you now have full access to the Clerkship/Clinical Rotations and Physician Assistant collections. LWW Health Library provides interactive online access to essential texts, images, specifically tailored real-life case studies and quiz banks. Here is a summary of the two new collections:


Clerkship/Clinical Rotations

Provides core texts needed for each of the core clerkship rotations; 39 highly recognized titles and clerkship-specific series for Internal Medicine, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Surgery, Family Medicine, and Psychiatry. Plus exclusive, key titles for the clerkship market previously only available in print: Step-up, Recall, Blueprints, Shelf Life, BRS.


Physician Assistant

PA Core Education & PA Rotations/Specialties

Provides two collections of content for both years of the PA curriculum.

“Core” collection covers all anatomical and basic sciences required within the curriculum, including key gold standard titles. “Rotations/Specialties” collection covers the content needs of the clinical rotations requirement of the PA curriculum. The special search and navigation functionality allows users to search and browse content across all core rotations or within a specific rotation.

Welcome to our new  series in which Hirsh’s favorite puppet, Lizzy, gets to know one of our staff members. Check out the transcript and gifs of the interview with her first victim, er…guest, below!


LIZZY: Hi Fran! Thanks for agreeing to sit down for an interview with me!

First question…what is your name? 

FRAN FORET:  My name is Fran Foret and…

L: Can I call you Frances?

F: Yes, yes you may call me Frances

L: What do you do at the library?

F: My title is Head of Collections Management and a lot of people think that means I collect money for the library. But what it means is that I spend money for the library to make sure that the library has the resources—books, journals, databases—that we need for our students so they can become the professionals that they need to become. My staff and I work hard to make sure that we have the right materials and that they are accessible to our patrons through our library’s website.


L: That’s great! And what did you do before you came to Hirsh?

F: Before I came to Hirsh, I was the serials librarian at Wheaton College library out in Norton, Massachusetts…

L: Oh! I love cereal! And Wheaties is one of my favorite cereals.

F: …They are very very good…

L: So you’ve been at Hirsh for awhile…

F: Yes, I don’t want to say how many years .

L: So what’s your favorite place in the library?

F: I think my favorite place in the library is probably the 4th floor where we have the Library Service Desk, and where you see our librarians and staff interacting with our users. It’s nice to be down there and see all the activity. And right next to there is the Leisure Reading collection, which is another favorite area.


L: Oh, I don’t have time for that…but maybe I should check it out…

F: Yes, Lizzy, you should check it out!

L: Let’s see…do you have any friends that are puppets?

F: I don’t have any friends that are puppets! And you are the first puppet I have ever spoken to! And I’m wondering, since I don’t have any friends that are puppets, if you would be my friend?

L: That…that would be an honor.

F: That makes me very happy.


L: Well, if we’re going to be friends, I’d like to ask you a few personality questions. What’s your favorite ice cream?

F: Chocolate!

L: How do you like your eggs?

F: I like eggs almost any way, but maybe poached eggs are my favorite.

L: Let’s say, if your neighbor needed an egg, would you let your neighbor come over and borrow an egg?

F: Yes, that would be fine…I’m interested as to why you’re so focused on eggs…

L: Well…I…another question…if your neighbor brought you their own egg, would you crack it for them?

F: Yes…if they asked me to crack and egg for them I guess I would do that.


L: Would you crack this egg?

F: Do you promise me that it’s hard cooked?


F: Well…ok






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

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

Everyone here at the Hirsh Health Sciences Library would like to welcome the new medical class of 2020! We look forward to meeting you at library orientation today, August 9th, 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).

Your pre-clinical liaison librarian is Stephen Gabrielson, so don’t hesitate to contact him if you have any questions or need any library help!


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When you need a helping hand, Hirsh is here for you. This 3-part internal hand structure is now available at the Circ Desk on the 4th floor . We’ve also picked up a skeleton arm and a leg.

All pieces are on reserve, number-coded and come with reference booklets.


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Food Studies Online is Here!


Food Studies Online is a multi-format online resource that includes archival content, visual ephemera (e.g. advertisements), text, and video covering the topic of food from social, historical, economic, cultural, religious, and political  perspectives. The extensive coverage in Food Studies Online addresses key themes and disciplines including:

Marketing and Consumerism • Production and Technology • Food History • Food Movements • Culinary and Food Design • Food and Identity • History • Health • Policy • Religion • Sociology • Anthropology”

Here’s some example of available full-text books available on Food Studies Online:



We have some exciting updates coming to the 4th floor!

As part of our efforts to increase the variety of workspaces in the library, we are transforming the lounge behind the café into the Hirsh Library Reading Room. If you’re looking for a quieter space to do some reading, but don’t need the silence of our Quiet Floors, this spot is for you!

We will be semi-enclosing the space by installing a glass wall with a sliding door and replacing the couches with tables, chairs, and some comfy benches. We’re also getting a brand new wall monitor!  It won’t have cable but you will be able to stream to it from your computer.


The project will start around July 25th and should only take a few weeks to complete. We’ll be documenting the progress over on our Facebook page, so visit us there for updates!

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Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Amanda Nevius, our new Research & Instruction librarian! Amanda joins us from just about a mile down the road–she was previously an Education and Information Services Librarian at the Boston University Medical Campus. When she’s not at work, she enjoys running, mountain biking, and camping, as well as cooking and crafting. She also writes fiction and runs a book blog!

Amanda is excited to be joining the staff here at Hirsh, where she’ll be the primary outreach liaison to the Dental school. If you see her around the library, be sure to say hello!

MEDLINE computer with Medical Subject Headings book, circa 1974 Image source:  U.S. National Library of Medicine Digital Collections

MEDLINE computer with Medical Subject Headings book, circa 1974
Image source: U.S. National Library of Medicine Digital Collections

Now an indispensable resource, it is hard to believe that PubMed is only 20 years old. First released in January 1996, PubMed was initially an experimental database. One year later, the word ‘experimental’ was dropped and, at a Capitol Hill press conference on June 26, 1997, free web access to MEDLINE through PubMed was officially announced. The press conference featured a demonstration of PubMed by then Vice President Al Gore (anyone remember him?) and a variety of stories from peoples whose lives had been affected by access to MEDLINE (Press Release – Free MEDLINE).

Prior to the launch of PubMed, users had to register and pay to search MEDLINE. Approximately 2 million PubMed searches were executed during the month of June 1997. In April 2015, 3.5 million searches per day were performed in PubMed. PubMed has come a long way over the past 20 years, and will continue to change in the upcoming years (PubMed Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary).


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