The Health Sciences Library's Service Desk is located within the Knowledge Center on the lobby level of the Hammer Health Sciences Center building. Affiliates of Columbia University Irving Medical Center are welcome to use the Health Sciences Library during our staffed hours. (See our Access Policy for more details on our affiliated clientele.) Outside of the staffed hours, the Library is closed and only individuals with active CUIMC IDs have card swipe access.

Staffed Hours

 Monday - Thursday  9 am to 7 pm
 Friday  9 am to 5 pm
 Saturday  CLOSED
 Sunday  Noon to 8 pm


The Columbia University Libraries website lists hours for the Morningside campus locations.All circulation transactions should be completed at least 15 minutes before the end of staffed hours. At the end of staffed hours, library staff will check IDs. Clientele without a CUIMC ID will be asked to leave. During holidays, the Knowledge Center space will remain open for 24-hour access via card swipe to CUIMC students, faculty, and full-time staff only.

Holiday & Special Closings

The service desk will be closed for the following holiday periods and special situations during the 2019/2020 academic year.  The Knowledge Center space will remain accessible via card swipe to CUIMC students, officers, and full-time staff, unless otherwise noted.

Early closing & Space closed Wed, Feburary 12, 2020, at 2:30pm
President's Day holiday Sun-Mon, February 16-17, 2020
Memorial Day holiday Sun-Mon, May 24-25, 2020
Independence Day holiday Friday, July 3, 2020
Labor Day holiday Sun-Mon, September 6-7, 2020

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Monday - Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Archives & Special Collections

Monday - Friday, 9:15 am to 4:45 pm, by appointment only. Telephone and email reference are available. Please contact the Archives & Special Collections at for more information.