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Need a little stress relief? The always adorable Liam the Library dog, one of McMaster’s certified therapy dogs, will be visiting the Health Sciences Library again this term.

Don’t miss him!

Jan 31, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
March 1, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
April 5, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Liam the Library Dog



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Small group of students working with a laptop.The network infrastructure for both the wireless and desktop computers at the Health Sciences Library have been upgraded to the latest technology – providing a faster and more reliable network. We now have 2.5X more access points than before the upgrade and an over 300% increase in the number of devices that can use the wireless.

Wireless internet access is a service available through McMaster University Technology Services and can be accessed on the MacSecure network with a valid MacID. Learn more about wireless at McMaster.

Not a current McMaster student, faculty, or staff member?

  • Eduroam wireless network is available for faculty, staff, and students from other universities
  • For guests visiting the Health Sciences Library, we offer internet access on any of our desktop computers.

Student using desktop computer in the library


The Health Sciences Library Guides are online tools to support your learning and research.

Explore resources, learn essential research skills

Our program-specific guides such as Nursing, Medicine and Physiotherapy are designed specifically for faculty, students and researchers in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Our guides provide not only expert advice and recommended resources, but also teach valuable skills. You can learn how to differentiate between background and foreground information, the hierarchy of pre-processed information, how to form a PICO question, and more. Our Resources for Evidence-based Practice and our Anatomy guides are popular tools for students across all Health Sciences programs.  Would you rather watch a video than read? We’ve got that too, explore our series of online tutorials.

The 6S Pyramid


From health sciences history to cutting edge clinical tools

Our historical guides will provide a fascinating glimpse into our History of Health and Medicine Collection. Learn about the History of Midwifery or Neuroscience.

Human brain illustration

For those more interested in getting the quickest answer right at their fingertips, we have a guide on the best clinical mobile apps for Android or iOS.

Explore the Health Sciences Library Guides today!

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The Libraries’ 39th annual Frances McCrone Toy & Food Drive will be held Nov. 23—Dec. 18, in support of the Salvation Army’s Christmas Toy Bureau. Toys for girls and boys up to the age of 16, non-perishable food items, gift certificates/cards for teens, and items for family pets are needed. Over the years, the McMaster community has supported this cause generously. Your continued support is very much appreciated!

Why not start a toy-drive in your office, residence or department? Donations can be dropped off at a collection box at the Health Sciences Library, or your nearest campus library, MSU Office in MUSC, Service Kiosks at Mary Keyes Residence or at the Commons.Looking for ideas? Infants and toddlers might like:

  • toys
  • books
  • games
  • craft kits
  • colouring books, crayons and/or markers
  • building blocks
  • puzzles
  • dolls, popular Barbie(s), action characters/figures and accessories
  • gift certificates for toy stores

Older children might like

  • sports items, equipment, accessories
  • model kits
  • make-up, hair essentials and accessories
  • gift certificates/cards (movie passes, video & music stores, shopping malls)
  • electronics (MP3 players, etc.).

Inquiries should be directed to Louise Caravaggio (x27521) at the Health Sciences Library.

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McMaster University is one of several Canadian universities ending its licence agreement with Access Copyright, a copyright collective that provides licences to make copies from print and digital works such as books, magazines, newspapers and journals.

McMaster’s current licence expires on December 31, 2015. The final decision was made by the Provost and Vice-President Academic, in consultation with McMaster’s Copyright Advisory Group, legal counsel, the University Library and other McMaster stakeholders.

The University will continue its commitment to copyright compliance, which is an ongoing legal duty and an integral component of academic integrity. Over the coming weeks, more information will be released around newly developed internal resources which will become available to assist staff and faculty with clearing necessary copyright permissions, to ensure all are aware of their rights and responsibilities under the University’s Fair Dealing Policy and the Copyright Modernization Act (Bill C-11). 

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17382449845_80e14ecba8_zDuring the mid-term recess, the HSL Library will run on a reduced schedule. Please visit us between the hours of 8:00am and 7:45pm. Remember, most of our resources and services are available 24/7 off-site!


The HSL Library will be closed Monday October 12, 2015 for Thanksgiving. Have a wonderful holiday and don’t forget, our resources are still accessible through our website!thanksgiving pumpkins


Student cards for students registered in the undergraduate MD program are now available for pick up in Education Services, MDCL 3101.

This card contains your 14-digit barcode and is needed to borrow materials, or book group study rooms at the library. Not in the MD program but still want to learn more about borrowing at the Health Sciences Library? Read our Borrowing policy.


The Health Sciences Library will be closed this weekend Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21 due to installation of new equipment for the Health Sciences Centre.

We apologize for any inconvenience. All of our online resources will continue to be available through our website.Closed sign

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