The Health Sciences Library continues to provide a wide range of online services. Read our FAQs for more information. In response to COVID-19, the physical location is now closed.


Share your story! Help HSL document our lives during the COVID-19 pandemic

8 May 2020

Understanding our daily lives during the COVID-19 pandemic will be of great interest to future researchers. Help us document our experiences by sharing your photographs, documents, and more. 

New in the HSL, The Digital Archives of the Royal College of Physicians

9 Apr 2020

The HSL is excited to announce that we have added the digital archives of the Royal College of Physicians to our database collection. Search thousands of documents, books, papers, notes, photographs and more and get a glimpse into centuries of medical history.

HSL Resources - Update

19 Mar 2020

The HSL is committed to ensuring our students, faculty, staff, and researchers are able to maintain access to our resources while we are closed to the public.

How do you want McMaster Libraries to look in five years? Tell us what you think!

26 Feb 2020

McMaster University Libraries are inviting faculty, staff and students to complete a survey aimed at finding ways to improve library services, spaces and collections.

New from the HSL: Loads and loads of eBooks!

24 Feb 2020

The HSL is committed to ensuring our book collections are as current and relevant as possible and one of the best ways to do this is by purchasing a LOT of eBooks. And, one of the best ways to purchase ebooks is through ebook packages that are created by publishers. This is one of those “more bang for your buck” kinds of deals, and it’s you, our McMaster community, who benefits!

New Resource from the HSL!

10 Feb 2020

The HSL is excited to introduce a brand new, unique and groundbreaking resource to our collection of databases. Meet AccessPhysiotherapy, a comprehensive physiotherapy resource that integrates textbooks, images, assessment tools, and exercise and procedure videos that can be accessed through the HSL’s website and used on any device.

Ready, set, search! Upcoming database searching workshops in the HSL.

16 Jan 2020

They're back! 

If you're struggling with database searching or you want to improve on your existing search skills, be sure to register for one of our upcoming workshops.

Good News! Riley is Back!

14 Jan 2020

If you were around last term you may have noticed a new face in the Health Sciences Library. A little smaller and fuzzier than most of the library staff, Riley has been a wonderful addition to our team!

Top 10: The Faculty of Health Sciences' Most Attention-Grabbing Articles of 2019

10 Jan 2020

To celebrate another fruitful year of health research at McMaster, the Health Science Library counts down the Faculty of Health Sciences' top 10 most attention grabbing articles from the past year (as calculated by

HSL Holiday Donation Drive

4 Dec 2019

The HSL is collecting pre-packaged snacks (granola bars, dried fruit, fruit snacks, crackers, snack-sized bags of chips, juice boxes, etc.) to be donated to our neighbours at Ronald McDonald House. These donations will help ensure their kitchens stay stocked during the busy holiday season.

Women in STEM: Changing the Conversation

1 Nov 2019

Please join us for a symposium hosted by McMaster Health Sciences Library, University Library, and the McMaster WISE Initiative to support, celebrate and advocate for women in science, technology, engineering and math. The afternoon will feature a keynote address, a panel discussion, as well as informal round-table discussions led by members of the McMaster community.

Feeling stressed? Come meet Riley!

8 Oct 2019

We are thrilled to present Riley, our new HSL library dog!