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We are excited to announce that we will ring in 2024 with a brand new homepage design! You may also notice some new informational pages on our site, and fun features like a pop-out chat widget. We hope that these changes will help you get to the information you need in a quicker and more streamlined way. We will be offering some workshops on how to navigate the new site next semester, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for those.

We value your feedback, so please feel free to share your thoughts as you navigate the new homepage, and please let us know if anything is not working!



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Just in time for finals, these googly-eyed cuties are back to help get you through the next few weeks. Make one for yourself or a friend to take back to that study carrel! We’ll have all the supplies out at the Desk starting at 12pm on Thursday 2/7 and Friday 2/8. Hope to see you there!


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Please join us in warmly welcoming our new Administrative Coordinator and Library Reference Assistant, Anna Milyaeva!

Anna (pronounced Awh-nuh) has a background in food justice advocacy and supporting immigrant communities in New York City and Baltimore. She is a prospective MLIS student and is excited to be part of the Tufts library community. In her free time, she enjoys biking along the Charles River, walking by interesting buildings at dusk, and wondering if the minutes of the day are the same as the minutes of the night.

We are so thrilled to have her on staff!


Congratulations to our Physician Assistant Program! Today, November 16th, is the 10th anniversary of our PA program.  We can hardly believe it, and we are very proud.

Class of PAs wearing their white coats

Some highlights about this program:

It is 25 months long, starts in January and has 50 students per class.  This year they got their own space at 136 Harrison Ave. The curriculum is one year of didactic and one year of clinical rotations. As with other programs, some students take on the dual MPH degree.  This is a very hard program to get into, and all must have had some clinical experience before arriving. Many are EMTs. As with other programs there is a mix of students; male (18 %)/female (82 %); under represented groups (26 %); first generation to go to college (18%) and even an active duty military member.

You also might be surprised to know that there is a 99% pass rate on their licensing exam!

So, HURRAH for our PAs!

Post contributed by Amy Lapidow


pinecone turkey


It’s our favorite time of year! Starting at 12pm this Thursday 11/16 and Friday 11/17, you can stop by the Library Service Desk and create your own feathered friend to bring home for Thanksgiving (or back to your study carrel to get you through that afternoon study sesh). We’ll have a variety of materials out so you can create anything your heart desires, from the simple and majestic hand turkey (our personal favorite) to some 3D  pinecone poultry.



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With the weather getting colder and the nights getting longer, I feel more and more every day like staying inside and reading a good book. We here at HHSL have assembled our best historical fiction for you if you want to do the same–with a twist! Have you ever looked at one of those BookTok tables in the bookstore and thought–why are all those women facing away from the camera? Maybe our book display won’t answer that question exactly, but it sure will let you explore that very specific sector of historical fiction. So come stop by the Leisure Lounge and check out our selections!

The Commoner by John Burnham Schwartz

The Vengeance of Mothers by Jim Fergus

The Russian Concubine by Kate Furnivall

Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford

The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory

Clever Girl by Tessa Hadley

The Edge of Lost by Kristina McMorris

The Huntress by Kate Quinn

The Golden Hour by Beatriz Williams

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

The Information Officer by Mark Mills

Leaving Everything Most Loved by Jacqueline Winspear

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

We’re located on the fourth floor of the library, so stop on by if you want to check out a book, or even if you just want to look at a very specific graphic design trend. Happy reading and happy winter!


I pace the halls of Hirsh Library, entreating all who encounter me to heed my words! I was created not of my own volition but out of a sense of necessity, caused by the grief of equipment being turned in way past its due date, if at all.   

Alas, I am feared for my hideous appearance, horrifying and revolting to all who have the misfortune of casting their eyes upon me. However, I serve only as warning and reminder, I am not some “abhorred monster” as some may claim. I am here to rescue you, though you may see me as inflicting harm. Rather I serve to guide you toward responsible circulation habits. 

I have a right to happiness, and therefore, it’s essential that you return your items on time! Otherwise, I seek revenge! “Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful! I will watch with the wiliness of a snake, that I may sting with its venom.”  


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At first offense, you will be barred from library borrowing for the span of a day (24-hour block).  

The second time you stray from the agreed upon guidelines, this time period shall be expanded to seven days and nights from the point of the item’s return (1 week block). 

That unhappy third time, as I have learned to speak and read, thus I must share the stories of your misdeeds with your Dean and inhibit your ability to check out items for one week. (1 week block and intercession with the Dean).  

 Finally, at a fourth offense, one month will not suffice, and your ability to borrow from these hallowed halls shall span the rest of the semester, and, again, my wretched wailing will once again reach the ears of your dean (Semester block and additional meeting with Dean).  

 “I was benevolent and good; misery made me a fiend. Make me happy, and I shall again be virtuous.” Therefore, I beg of you, please, carefully read Hirsh’s Overdue Items Policy and return all items when they are due to keep me from my cruel fate! 


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We take a moment to celebrate International Open Access (OA) Week October 23rd through 29th this year.  We’ve come a long way in the past 15 years of honoring this publishing initiative, which makes research literature freely available on the Internet with few copyright or license restrictions.  The common question now is not what is open access? Or even, why open access?  Rather, the main question at hand is, which open access?

Many publications tout an open or public access option for your research output, but what solutions are really reducing barriers to publishing, reducing barriers to reading content, reducing barriers to reusing content, promoting equity, and promoting inclusion?  Not all OA is the same.  Even with all of the pressures faced when choosing where to publish, where to become a peer reviewer, which editorial team to join, which research to cite in your own work, and in all of the other ways we interact with published research and scholarship, we have an obligation to collaborate with publications whose main goals don’t center around maximizing profits for shareholders or gaining the largest sector of the market.

Support publishers and journals who embrace innovative and sustainable business models, such as Subscribe to Open, which converts journals to open when predetermined “fair pricing” revenue targets are met or Diamond Open Access, which charges neither authors nor readers and relies on institutional support  As we shift our priorities, we will experience a shift as well in some of the other forces at play, notably which publications are high impact and which are viewed as most prestigious among colleagues.

This general sentiment is summed up in this year’s OA Week theme, “Community over Commercialization,” which you can read more about at  Also, please Ask Us your questions about open access or let us know if you would like guidance incorporating these priorities into your publishing decision making.


Post contributed by Judy Rabinowitz


Mini pumpkins in box that looks like a pumpkin patch


You heard it here first! Hirsh Pumpkin Patch is getting ready to reopen for another festive year. Stop by the Library Service Desk starting at 12pm on Thursday 10/26 and Friday 10/27 and decorate the gourd of your dreams. You can craft at the desk or take supplies to another location to do your decorating–just make sure to bring them back!

Hope to see you there!



Did you know that you can book a fundraising table in the library? Throughout the years we’ve helped host bake sales, raffles, and other types of fundraisers. Just contact us a minimum of one week in advance and we will arrange to have a folding table set up for you near the windows next to the Food4Thought cafe. If you are in the medical school, you can also contact OSA to see about having a table outside of their office. Please note that these are the only locations where fundraisers are allowed, and you must have them either approved by the library or OSA before setting up.

Feel free to email us at with any questions or to reserve the table!

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