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The end of the semester is finally within reach! We will be closing at 5pm on Thursday, December 22nd and will remain closed throughout the university break.

Thursday, December 22nd: 7:45am-5pm

Friday, December 23rd- Monday, January 2nd.

We will reopen for regular hours at 7:45am on Tuesday, January 3rd. 

Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year from all of us here at Hirsh!


graphic teapot in front of books

The end of the semester is nigh! Take a moment to stretch your legs and join us down at Library Service Desk at 2:30pm on Tuesday 12/13 for a quick study break. Have a cup of tea, a snack, and celebrate (or commiserate) with your fellow students. Hope to see you there!

Rainbow Snowflakes

Image by Rachel Burkum from Pixabay

Dark nights and holiday lights! It’s December in Boston and studying for finals won’t be forever, so…time to start thinking about enjoying all the Boston-area has to offer to celebrate the December holidays!

Not sure what there is to do? Let us help you find the perfect way to enjoy this holiday season by sharing some fabulous guides!

Boston Holiday Events (from bostoncentral)
“Our December list of holiday kids and family activities guide gives you a one-stop shop to find fun things to do in and around Boston with the family. This handy list is organized by region to make it easy to find something fun to do no matter where you are in the Greater Boston area.”

Boston Holiday Performances (from bostoncentral)
“Many cherished holiday traditions are back, after a challenging year+. From the twinkling lights, festive concerts, shows, & celebrations taking place throughout the city, Boston really comes alive during the holidays.”

December Events at Seaport
There’s a lot going on just a mile from the Boston campus, including…curling!!!! From curling to holiday markets, check out all there is to do this month in Seaport.

Annual Kwanzaa Concert and Tafuta! A Young Child’s Search for the True Meaning of Kwanzaa
The OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center will presenting two Kwanzaa events this December at the Main Stage Theater at Roxbury Community College. The Annual Kwanzaa Concert will be on Saturday December 10th at 3pm featuring “students from OrigiNation’s Performing Arts Academy and our Professional Dance Division.”  A performance of Tafuta! A Young Child’s Search for the True Meaning of Kwanzaa will be held on Saturday December 17that  3pm. Ticketing information for the events is available at the links above.

Menorah Lighting
“Join Chabad of Downtown Boston for their annual Menorah lighting ceremony at One Seaport on Thursday, December 22 at 6:00pm. The event will include lighting a tall 9′ Menorah, individually packaged Chanukkah treats, and more!” There will also be a lighting on December 18th in Copley Square. Both events are free.

 Candlelight Carols and Handel’s Messiah
Two “treasured Advent-Christmas traditions” presented by Trinity Church Copley Square: Candlelight Carols and Handel’s Messiah. Learn more about times and tickets for these events at the link above.


A laptop stand on display against a white background. The stand is made of plastic and allows the user to prop up their laptop at an angle.

Prop your laptop at a more comfortable angle for your wrists with this laptop stand…

A laptop stand on display against a white and green background. The stand is made of metal and allows the user to place their laptop at a raised height above the table.

…or raise it to your eye level with this one!

By popular demand, the circulation desk now has laptop stands available for checkout. There are two varieties available: an angled laptop riser, and a laptop pedestal with adjustable height.

We encourage students to check these out at the circulation desk rather than using the books in the library’s collection to prop up their laptops while working.

Ergonomic support is proven to be good for your spine, but unfortunately the use of our books for non-research purposes increases the wear and tear on their spines. The next time you prepare for a long study session by checking out a laptop or phone charger from the circulation desk, ask us about the new laptop stands!


The Day of Turkey is upon us, and we hope that you are leaning into an extra-long weekend of relaxation, reconnection, and food. Lots of food.

Your Hirsh Health Sciences Library team will also be taking some time to relax and unwind (and eat), we will have reduced hours this coming week.

The Library will close at 5:00 pm on Wednesday November 23, and remain closed until Sunday November 27 at noon. Building hours will remain the same.

We hope you enjoy some rest and relaxation over the holiday. Maybe get a head start with this Washington Post article “This farm offers turkey cuddling. No, really.”

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pinecone turkey

They’re baaaack…..PINECONE TURKEYS!!!!!!!

Starting at 12pm this Thursday 11/17 and Friday 11/18, you can stop by the Library Service Desk and create your own feathered, freaky friend!!!  There will be googly-eyes galore, fabulous feather and all the hot glue you can handle! Please stop by and make one of these beauties!

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It’s never too late for learning here at Hirsh Library! As approach the end of the Fall Workshops@Hirsh Library series, we want to draw your attention to two excellent workshops coming your way!  These two workshops on topics of critical importance to researchers here on the Health Sciences campus: the use of ORCID ids and the updated NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy. If you engaged in research or grant writing, then these are two must attend workshops! We hope we see you there!

Bolstering your research identity with ORCID

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Gain a more accurate and comprehensive understanding of your research impact, streamline maintenance of your research profiles, and distinguish your scholarly presence all through ORCID, a non-proprietary researcher identifier and set of tools to maximize connections in research scholarship.  As part of this workshop, we’ll walk through setting up an ORCID account (if you don’t already have one), populating your profile, auto-updating other research profiles, and more.



NIH Data Sharing Policy Update

**Thursday, November 17, 2022**

12:00pm – 1:00pm

In January 2023 the NIH will be updating their Data Management and Sharing Policy, which will affect both applicants and recipients of NIH grants. In this workshop, we will discuss the upcoming changes to the NIH policy, why data sharing is important, and data management strategies that will help you stay compliant throughout the lifecycle of your research project.



An American flag in the foreground of a blurred field of flags planted in the ground.

On Friday, November 11, the library will have reduced hours in observance of Veterans Day. The circulation desk will be open from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The building will still have normal card swipe access and will be available for you to study in.

The service desk will return to normal hours on Saturday. Librarians will be available for consultations on Monday, November 14.

We hope you enjoy the long weekend!

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Our library assistant proudly posing with our course reserve collection

Sarah will be sorely missed here at Hirsh, and we wish her luck at Harvard!

Que Sarah, Sarah. Our favorite, longtime library reference assistant, Sarah Passinhas-Bergman, is moving on to greener (crimson-er?) pastures as the student services coordinator for the Committee on the Study of Religion and German Languages Department at Harvard University.

Sarah has been with Hirsh for just over three years, and her presence at the circulation desk will be sorely missed. If you’ve checked something out at the circulation desk in the last three years, you’ve most likely interacted with her!

Throughout Sarah’s time here, she has mastered the management of our course reserves system, helped with a myriad of research questions, and fought with JumboPrint on a daily basis. We’re particularly thankful to Sarah for her hand in the meticulous upkeep of our course reserves.

Sarah’s last day will be tomorrow, Wednesday, November 9th. Be sure to wish her luck and say goodbye!


bones and book

“Dem bones, dem bones…” are coming to a TUSM Learning Community near you! For the next three weeks, the Hirsh Library will be taking some bones (and other assorted anatomy resources “on the road”)! Yes, it’s time for the “Anatomy Roadshow”!

What is the “Anatomy Roadshow” you ask?  The “Anatomy Roadshow” is an opportunity for TUSM students to learn about invaluable tools for studying gross anatomy. These tools include actual bones (!),  online self-assessment modules and  exclusive photographic atlases that aren’t available on the web. With gross anatomy, you definitely want to be ahead of the curve when it comes to discerning how best to study. We know that students are busy, so we’re bringing these tools directly to you!

We will be visiting the TUSM Learning Communities on Tuesdays from 12noon – 1pm. Here’s where we’ll be in the coming weeks:

10/25 – Park Street Learning Community (rooms 205-209) 

11/1 – Haymarket Learning Community (rooms 211-215)

11/8 – Aquarium Learning Community (rooms 305-309)

11/15 – Fenway Learning Community (rooms 311-315)

In the meantime, you can learn about anatomy resources at Hirsh Library at:  and

Hope to see you there!

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