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Our New Normal: Himmelfarb Library

Navigating and using Himmelfarb Library.

Navigating Himmelfarb

The Himmelfarb Library is open to patrons that have been approved to be on campus during phase 1 of reopening (SMHS Laboratory Research), GW residents, SMSH, SON and SPH students currently enrolled in on-site classes or on clinical rotations, and MD students in the virtual track. Approved users must present a GWorld card; other forms of identification are not currently accepted. Our hours (subject to change) are:

Monday - Thursday: 8am - 10pm

Friday: 8am - 6pm

Saturday: 12n - 8pm

Sunday: 12n - 10pm 

Himmelfarb Library has implemented a number of safety measures to promote social distancing and safeguard your health.


  • Users are required to wear a mask at all times inside the library.

Getting around

  • Directional signs will be posted throughout the library to indicate proper distancing and traffic flow.
  • Only one person at a time may use the elevator; priority goes to handicapped users.
  • Our stairwells will be one-directional
    • To go up, use the stairwell on the Courtyard side of the building next to the elevator.
    • To go down, use the stairs on the 23rd Street side of the Library.

Using study spaces

  • We have arranged study tables and chairs in a way that ensures 6 ft. of space between users. Floor decals will be used as markers for each and every approved seat to make sure that the patrons are social distancing
    • Please do not move furniture.
    • Keep chairs stationed over their floor decals.
  •  All study rooms at Himmelfarb Library MUST be reserved in advance on our web page. 
  • To ensure that all students have access to our limited spaces, individuals may reserve a room for a maximum of 4 hours per day.  
  • Only 1 user is permitted in a study room at a time, except in the following rooms:
    • 2 users are permitted in: B100B, B100A, 201, 203G, 204H, 203C, 204C, 304I, 304C, and 305H.
    • 4 users are permitted in: 303.
  • Please limit the amount of food and drink you bring into the library (You can only eat in a library carrel or study room.).  Please clean up your space before you leave.
  • Hand sanitizer and wipes will be available throughout Himmelfarb. 

Handling library materials

  •  If you pull a book off the shelf that you don’t plan to check out, please return it to a shelving cart.
    • Library staff will quarantine all books on carts for 3 days after usage.
  • Library staff will quarantine all borrowed books for 3 days upon check-in.
  • Borrowed equipment will be cleaned upon return and prior to checkout.


  • Restrooms will have a one-person occupancy limit.
  • Please announce yourself before entering to make sure the restroom is unoccupied.
  • To open the door without using your hands, use the  “foot puller” .

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

  • Text a librarian at 202-601-3525
  • Send an email to:
  • Call the Circulation Desk at 202-994-2962

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