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Hirsh Library has shifted to remote operations and virtual library information services are available during online staffed hours.

Library Resources during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Wash Your Hands!

Keep Clam And Wash Your Hands

Working Remotely

Tufts provides a number of tools that enable the community to continue to be productive while working remotely in the event work or academic functions are disrupted due to prolonged campus or building closures. Additional information and links to resources can be found on this page

Visit the TTS Virtual Lab for software that can be accessed remotely by the Tufts University community.

We have also prepared guides to help you get access to library resources if you are away from campus:

Tufts also provides its students and faculty with licenses to software that may be useful. This includes:

Online Learning Resources

Develop your personal and professional skills with various online learning resources.

About This Guide

In response to the COVID-19 epidemic, many academic publishers have granted free access to their resources. In addition, the Tufts libraries are currently working remotely, which means that there have been some changes to the services we can provide. The purpose of this guide is to organize and provide convenient information to help you find these resources and other Tufts library services during this challenging time.

This main page contains information about how the Hirsh Health Sciences Library is responding to the situation and also links to how to make use of our resources remotely. The Free and Expanded Access page has links to textbooks, ebooks, and journals that have been made temporarily available to access. Links to publishers, journals, and other resources related to COVID-19 are freely available are on the Resources Related to COVID-19 page. Finally, since this is a stressful time for everyone, the Mental Health and Coping page contains suggestions for relaxing activities and links to live webcams of fuzzy zoo animals.

Hirsh Library Updates

The Library Service Desk is closed. Hirsh Library is offering remote library service during normal business hours. For more information and updates on staffed library hours and remote library services, please check updates on our blog:

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Hirsh Library Materials

Renew Books Online

Do not worry about overdue books during this time. The Library will adjust all due dates so that there are no fines on your library account, including interlibrary loan materials. If you have any library materials borrowed, please continue to keep them. If you are still near campus, please feel free to return the books to the Hirsh Health Sciences Library book drop near the Library Services Desk, located on the 4th floor of the MedED building. The MedED building is currently opened to card swipe, however, things are evolving rapidly, so please see the library's website and blog for updated information. If you are away from campus, you may also mail the books back to us at the address below. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!

Shipping Address:
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Hirsh Health Sciences Library / ILL
MEB 610
37 Tyler Street
Boston, MA 02111


Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

We are doing our best to get you access to what you need. With staff working remotely, getting scans from books within the library is suspended. However, you can request articles and book chapters through ILL and we will try to get chapters or possibly whole e-books, but it depends on who is able to fill the requestLearn more about Interlibrary Loan.

Searching for Online Materials

Search Tufts Catalog

Search by title. In the results list, look for 'Online' or 'Electronic Resource' next to the title of the journal.

Internet Archive

Another resource to access materials is the Internet Archive, which is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.

Remote Assistance

Hirsh Health Sciences Library staff are available to provide you with help and services if you are studying or working from home. We are offering remote library services during online staffed hours. Please feel free to contact us by email, Chat, or set up a virtual appointment to meet.

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