As we return to campus, you may have forgotten how to print from our printers on the 4th or 5th floors, or use the scanners on the 5th floor. (Maybe you’ve never used them before!) Below are some cursory instructions to get you started.


Photo by Bank Phrom on Unsplash

The scanners are free to use. Each scanner is hooked up directly to a computer. Make sure the scanner is turned on, open the scanning software on the computer, and set your settings. Bring a flash drive for transporting your scanned files off the computer.


Printing is not free. Black and white printing is $0.15

per page, and color printing is $0.45 per page. In order to pay for printing, you have to check your balance on your JumboCard (your Tufts University ID). For more information on which printer to send your file to, check out our page on printing here at Hirsh.

From sending your file to print, you swipe your card at the kiosks beside the printer. (If you have a JumboCard, you type in the JumboCard number and not your UTLN) There, you select the print job and confirm it.

If you have any trouble with the printers or scanners, you can tell anyone staffed at the IT Desk or the Library Service Desk. You can also email

We’re also around to answer any other questions. Again, our webpage on printing/scanning/copying is here. See you around!

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Due to planned maintenance and repairs, there will be NO POWER in the Medical Education building for 24 hours this weekend, and that includes all Library spaces.

The work is scheduled to begin at 6:00 pm Friday July 23 and planned to end at 6:00 pm Saturday July 24.

The Library will provide remote assistance on Saturday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; reach us here with any questions!

This might be the perfect excuse to frolic outside…the weather looks pretty nice!

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Leo the Skeleton model smiling at the camera, wearing a light blue Tufts Alumni visor, with a button pinned to it of The Block

Leo the Skeleton, who will greet you at the desk!

We are back in the library! As we transition back into the library, we plan to refresh your memory about the physical library space. Today, as we open the Library Service Desk again, you can now check out study materials for short-term lending.

Since we haven’t been open in over a year, all our borrowing policies are on our website. We are at the Library Service Desk on the 4th floor, where you can check out:

  • Course reserves and textbooks
  • Anatomical models
  • Electronics (e.g. laptops, chargers)

Before lockdown, if an item wasn’t returned or renewed on time, this would result in a block. Once we return to the library, everyone will have to sign our Equipment Agreement to checkout anatomical models and electronics. This Agreement outlines our blocking policy, but we’re happy to answer any questions about the policy.

Leisure reading, Graphic Medicine, the Book Stacks etc. (4th, 5th floors) will still be available for long term checkout. Print journals and current periodicals are not available for checkout, but you can browse them on the 4th and 7th floors.

And of course, you can contact us with your questions at, call us at (617) 636 6705 or come up to the desk between 7:45 AM and 5:00 PM

We’re happy to see you all in person again (wearing a mask, of course)!



Jane NatchesPlease help us in congratulating Jane Natches as the new Head of Collections Management at the Hirsh Health Sciences Library.

For the past few years, Jane has been an invaluable part of technical services at HHSL in her role as E-Resources and Serials Librarian. With the retirement of Fran Foret, Jane has accepted the position of Head of Collections Management, effective today, July 1st, 2021.

Congratulations, Jane!

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Photo of Fran Foret

It is with mixed emotions that we announce the retirement of Frances Burke Foret, Head of Collections Management at the Hirsh Health Sciences Library. Fran has been managing our collections since 2002, during which time she has overseen the transition of our monographs and journals from exclusively print to almost entirely electronic. Her numerous contributions and dedication to the Tufts community has left a lasting impression. This is a bittersweet farewell.

“Fran has been such an integral part of the fabric of the Hirsh Health Sciences Library that it is hard to express how much she will be missed – her wonderful sense of humor, her institutional and historical knowledge of the collection, her remarkable wisdom, and most of all her wonderful friendship we have all been lucky enough to share over these past years. Please join us in wishing her all the best as she embarks on this new chapter.” ~Debra Berlanstein, Associate Director


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Photo credit: Tom Quinn

In honor of the Independence Day (4th of July) holiday this year, Hirsh Library will be closed Saturday, July 3rd, through Monday, July 5th. This will mean that we will not be monitoring our live chat during that time. However, you can still always e-mail us at and we will get back to you when we can.

As a reminder: on Tuesday, July 6th, the Hirsh Library Service Desk will officially be re-opening! For the month of July, starting with the 6th, the Library Service Desk (on the 4th floor of the Med Ed building) will be open from 7:45am to 5pm Monday-Friday. We will still be monitoring our Live Chat until 8pm Monday-Thursday, and on the weekends as we have been. As we get closer to the fall, we hope to expand the hours, so keep an eye on the signs at the desk when you swing by to see what we’re doing!

And if you’re a student and interested in working at Hirsh Library, we have good news! We are accepting applications and are going to be hiring soon. You can read all about it right here.

Everyone at Hirsh hopes you have a happy and safe holiday weekend next weekend, and we look forward to seeing you all in person very soon!

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Please help us in welcoming Iris Afantchao to the HHSL team!

Iris Afantchao posing outside among trees

photo courtesy of Iris Afantchao

Iris graduated from Smith College last year, and hopes to pursue an MLIS degree to become a community archivist. She has worked with collections at Smith College, Senator John Heinz History Center, Docip, and Maryland State Archives. Iris grew up in Connecticut and Pennsylvania; she enjoys volleyball, documentaries, and learning about regional dialects. The next activity Iris wants to try is bouldering or punch needle embroidery.

If you speak to her on chat or at the library, be sure to say hello!

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On Tuesday, July 6th, we plan to re-open the Library Service Desk! For students who haven’t been to the library in a while (or at all), this will be an adjustment for us all. Our hours will be truncated while we transition to coming back to the desk full-time.

We plan to be open during weekdays, from 7:45 am until 5 pm. The building will stay open after 5 on weekdays and throughout the weekends, but our desk will be closed.

The lockers for “curbside pickup” will stay where they are for now, still only usable for book requests. For more about requesting books, or checking out books when the desk is not open, please visit our page about distance checkout.

We can’t wait to see you in July!



Juneteenth 2021 Poster

The university has designated next Friday, June 18, 2021 as a Day of Reflection, Commitment, and Action for Racial Justice. In observance of this, Hirsh Library will not be holding online staffed hours. We encourage you to use the day to participate in the programming the University has put together. The day will begin at 9am with a keynote address by Dr. David Harris and will be followed by a series of breakout sessions. To learn more or register, please visit Tufts’ Juneteenth 2021 website.


Cover of the book Body and Soul

The Hirsh Health Sciences Library’s Anti-Racism Reading Group is excited to announce our Summer Reading Series – and you’re invited!

Through a series of three meetings held the second Friday of each summer month from noon to 1pm EST, we will learn, unlearn, and be inspired to take actions through our discussion of the book Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination by Alondra Nelson. An electronic copy of the book is available at no cost through the library.

All meetings held virtually on Zoom and are not recorded. Sessions will be held on June 11th, July 9th, and August 13th and you may come to whichever you wish. For example, you are welcome to join us in August, even if you did not in the previous months. You are also welcome to join us in June, even if you cannot in the following months.

Individual registration links for each session may be found on the Anti-Racism Reading Group website. We hope you will be able to register and join us.

Poster advertising Anti Racism Reading Group summer series

Post contributed by Amanda Nevius, Andrea Kang, and Christina Heinrich

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