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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!


We’re in the thick of the semester, so why not take a moment to de-stress and send some love? Next Thursday and Friday we’ll have a variety of supplies out at the Library Service Desk so you can make valentines for yourself, your friends, or that special someone (your favorite librarian, perhaps?). We’ll have all the glitter and doilies you need to let someone know how much you appreciate them!

We are also partnering with the Service Scholars to write welcome letters for new Afghan refugee families relocating to the Boston area. You can use the cards they are providing or craft your own special card!



Did you know that you have access to study materials for the Step exams through the library? We’ve got digital and print books (of course we’ve got books) such as First Aid, but we also have interactive online tools like question banks and flashcards. Here are a few highlights!

The Board Review Series collection contains a database of questions and texts covering topics addressed in Step 1. Create a free personal account in LWW Health Library and then click the Self-Assessment tab to access thousands of questions from Board Review Series.

Several of the textbooks in the AccessMedicine eBook collection include digital flashcards in addition to review questions. Create a free personal account in AccessMedicine to access flashcards.

Last but certainly not least, is our Case Files Collection, which now includes Case Files Podcasts in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Ob/Gyn, and Surgery. HHSL subscribes to the fill collection of cases, with explanations and quizzes.

Looking for something else for board prep? Stop by the desk or send us an email to hear more about other study materials in the library’s collection.


Post contributed by Christina Heinrich


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!

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