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

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.

The Columbia University Libraries website lists hours for the Morningside campus locations.

Holiday & Special Closings

The service desk will be closed for the following holiday periods and special situations during the 2018/2019 academic year.  The Knowledge Center space will remain accessible via card swipe to CUIMC students, officers, and full-time staff.

Service desk closing early 5pm on Tuesday, July 29, 2019
Service desk closed Sunday, September 1, 2019
Memorial Day holiday Monday, September 2, 2019
Thanksgiving holiday Thu-Fri, November 28-29, 2019
Christmas holiday Tue-Wed, December 24-25, 2019
New Years holiday Tue-Wed, December-January, 2018-2019

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.