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New to HSL? Quick Tips

Quick tips to get you started using library services and resources.

Welcome to the Health Sciences Library (HSL)

How to ask us a question

How to learn more

  • Request a one-on-one consultation using the email form on the left on It helps if you let us know what you need to learn and when it is most convenient for you to meet.
  • Take a class to learn more about RefWorks or Endnote.
  • Use a guide. There are nearly 150 guides covering more than 30 topics!

Some of what we can do for you

  • Help you find the information you need.
  • Save you time. HSL librarians know the most efficient search practices with a wide range of databases. Liaison librarians have expertise in the knowledge resources related to specific subjects. The Meet Your Librarian page links to information about each subject specialist librarian.
  • Get you virtually any article, chapter, or book that UNC does not own through InterLibrary Loan.
  • Provide equipment to make your library work go smoother, like cables to connect your Mac to the TVs, dry-erase markers, laptops, headphones, and monitors to provide a second screen so you can work more efficiently.


I Love My HSL

  • Read why other people appreciate the HSL and let us know what you think.


How to connect to the wireless network for UNC affiliates

  • For detailed information, see the Campus IT's webpage on connecting to the UNC Network. You should see at least four wireless networks: UNC-Setup, Eduroam, UNC-PSK, and UNC-Guest.
  • Eduroam is the preferred network for UNC affiliates. First connect to UNC-Setup and follow the instructions to set up access to Eduroam.

How to connect to the wireless network for visitors

  • UNC-Guest is available to any person on UNC's campus regardless if they go to school or work here.
  • UNC-Guest does not provide seamless access to library electronic journal and database subscriptions. Visitors who need access to online library resources should go the main desk and ask for a guest pass to a public computer.


Where are the printers?

  • HSL 1st Floor Copy Room: CCI, Color, and Public printers.
  • Nearby: Berryhill (1st floor lounge), Carrington Hall (Room 205), Rosenau Hall (Room 201), Tate-Turner-Kuralt (Room 501), Global Education Center (Coffee shop).
  • All campus print locations: see map provided by ITS

How to send print jobs

  • Use the computers in the HSL.
  • Install CCI Printing on your laptop. Be sure to install both the regular and color drivers. You need to be connected to the campus network to send jobs to the CCI printers. (See Wireless below),

Keep in mind
Use your Onyen as your "name" when sending the print job.
Print jobs are deleted after an hour.
There may be 5 to 15 minute delays before seeing your job during peak hours.


How much does printing cost?

10¢ per page for black & white and 30¢ for color. Registered students have a $40 allotment available on your OneCard for printing every semester.

Need to print a poster?


Where are journals, books, study spaces, computers?

Journals & Books

  • Journals 1990 and newer, 4th floor
  • Journals older than 1990, basement
  • Books 1990 and newer, 3rd floor
  • Books older than 1990, basement
  • Reference Books, 1st floor near User Services Desk
  • DVDs / Videos, 1st floor near MacNider door
  • Historical Collections, 5th floor (appointment needed)
  • Use the Catalog to search for journals & books, both print and electronic

Study Spaces

  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th floors (MacNider side of building)
  • 1st Floor Group Study Rooms can be reserved.
  • See our Places to Study page for an overview (with pictures) of all the various options the library offers.


  • 29 Onyen log-in computers including 4 MACs, 1st floor
  • 6 guest computers, 1st floor arc in front of elevator
  • 2 computers with scanners, 1st floor
  • 1 computer with special disability software, 1st floor
  • 4 ONYEN log-in computers on arc in front of elevator: basement, 3rd, 4th floors
  • 10 log-in computers on tables in the basement
  • Check out laptops at the User Services Desk, 1st floor

See the Detailed Floor Plans

Finding databases, articles, books and guides

Always use links on HSL's web pages or guides to access online resources.
Library links will prompt you to enter your Onyen and password when you are off campus or in the hospital.
Can't find or get to what you need? Ask us for help.



HSL's homepage has a search box that gives you quick access to the most frequently used health databases. PubMed is set as the default search. Just click in the circle in front of a different database to search that one instead. Or, click on the arrow after a database name to go to that database's site to enter your search. And remember, there are many more databases available. The "More health databases" link provides a list and that page has a link to the full set of databases available through UNC Chapel Hill libraries.

HSL Homepage Search Widget



Look for the Find @ UNC button in database search results to link directly to many articles.

Don't use the E-Journals tab to enter a search topic! The E-Journals tab can help you find an article when you already know what journal it is in. You can search by journal title or browse broad subject groups to find the electronic journals provided by UNC Chapel Hill libraries.

HSL Search Widget E-Journals


Books (and Journals by Title and Videos and more...)

All UNC Chapel Hill library resources can be found in the Catalog. Click the Catalog tab at the top of the blue search box to access the catalog search options.

HSL Catalog Search via Widget



Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the information resources the libraries provide? Subject librarian specialists have created guides that will help you find the resources most useful to your field of study. There are also guides that help you learn to use information management tools such as RefWorks and Endnote; find  resources to use on your mobile device; learn how to design an academic poster; and prepare for your licensing exam. HSL has guides designed to help you do your work efficiently!

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Request items that UNC Chapel Hill Libraries do not own.

Register for an Interlibrary Loan account now.
Then, when you need to use ILL, you will be all set to go.
There is no charge for ILL services.

When the Find @ UNC button leads you to a page that informs you that "we don't have online access to this article", scroll down to  "Step 2: Request it from another library via Interlibrary Loan". Click on it, sign in to your ILL account, and the the full article citation will go into your ILL request form. If you are in a rush, it is worthwhile looking to see if the library owns the journal in print or to search Google to see if it is freely posted somewhere online.

You will receive an email notification when your ILL request is filled. Articles get delivered electronically, generally within 2-3 business days. Books will take a bit longer and can be picked up at the main desk on the 1st floor.

Food around the HSL

Our food policy asks that you be respectful, not bring in messy foods, and have lids on your containers.


The Friends' Cafe on the first floor of the library (Columbia Street side) has coffee, snacks and sandwiches. The Cafe is open during most daytime hours. Be sure to the cafe hours page for details.

There are cafes in a number of nearby buildings including Dentistry, Public Health, Brinkhous-Bullitt, Thurston Bowles, and Bioinformatics.