Limited library building accessibility

Starting Saturday, June 13, 2020, The Strauss Library building will be badge accessible 7 days a week from 7 am – 7 pm, only for students who are given permission to be on campus.

  • Students can request access to the library building for testing or related reasons, however faculty and staff do NOT have this option at this time.
  • Students who need to access the library building must submit a request to be on campus to Dr. Jan Gascoigne, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

As the campus continues the limited return to campus work for invited employees and students, the library would like to share updated information regarding the library building.

As a reminder, almost all library resources and services remain available 24/7 from the library webpage

  • The library building is currently closed and no services are being offered on site.
  • Anyone coming to campus must complete the required, one-time SkillSoft training “CU COVID-19 Return to Campus – CU Denver | Anschutz”. 
  • To enter any building on campus including the library, everyone must pass through a daily check-in point and receive a wristband. At the check-in point everyone will complete a health questionnaire, have their temperature taken, and receive a wristband.
  • The Lounge@HSL, just outside the library’s entrance, will be one of the daily check-in points. Please note that it will only be staffed from 7:00 am – 10:00 am and from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. If one arrives at the library outside of those time frames they will have to visit the check-in point at the west RC1N entrance. That daily check-in point is open from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm.
    • On Saturdays and Sundays, students entering the library are required to complete the health questionnaire before entering.
  • Once inside the library building, everyone must wear a mask, their campus ID badge, and the daily wristband. Masks can be removed if one is alone in a room with a closed door.
  • Library users must be alone in one of 50 identified rooms with a closed door or on a computer workstation on the 1st floor of the building. If desired, users can make reservations online ahead of time for one of the 50 identified group or individual study rooms.
  • Cleaning kits will be provided to clean workspaces at the beginning and end of work.  It is the student’s responsibility to clean their own work stations.

If you have questions about library services or resources please e-mail the library at askus@cuanschutz.edu. Thank you for doing your part to help keep each other safe!

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Services during closure due to COVID-19

ILL staff are here to help you get information you need.  However, due to conditions on campus, processing may be slower than usual. 

Journal articles in print volumes at Strauss Library and PASCAL (Storage) are unavailable to be scanned.  We may be able to borrow from other libraries and have options beyond that if your need is critical.  Book loans from other libraries are unavailable at this time, and hold requests for books in the Strauss collection are not able to be processed either. 

However, we are online and are still providing ILL services M-F, 8am-5pm.  We feel confident we can provide most journal articles.  Other libraries, nationally, may have the article or book chapter you need available electronically.  As well, requests for articles held in our e-journal collections will be processed.

If you don’t have an ILLiad account and are affiliated with Anschutz, feel free to register though our ILLiad website:

https://library-cuanschutz.illiad.oclc.org/illiad/firsttime.html

If you have any questions email copydocs@ucdenver.edu or call 303-724-2111 to speak with Lynn Triefus, ILL Coordinator, about your need.

This was written by Lynn, you can contact AskUs with questions.

Strauss Library is Closed! Most library services available online!

Starting March 16 at 6 p.m. and until further notice, the Strauss Health Sciences Library building is closed, No library services are available in the building. CU Anschutz Badge Access is still allowed. NOTE: Access will be monitored and limited to 7am-midnight, 7 days/week.

While in the library, for your safety, please maintain:

1.      One (1) person per study room

2.      Ten (10) foot distance between others at all times

More information on the CU Anschutz campus response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Even though the building is closed, you can still get help and use the library’s resources online!

This was written by Lisa, you can contact AskUs with questions.

Record Now: DIY Video Creation Station

The Strauss Library is happy to announce that the Record Now: DIY Video Creation Station is now available for students, staff, and faculty on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus!

You can learn more about the studio and how to book the room here: https://library.cuanschutz.edu/record-now-studio

The studio can be found on the third floor of the library and provides all that you need to record a presentation, practice your public speaking, record an interview, and more. Just bring a USB drive and everything else is ready for you.

Let us know what you think about the studio here: https://library.cuanschutz.edu/eform/submit/recordnow-feedback

This was written by Christi Piper, you can contact AskUs with questions.

De-Stress @ Strauss!

CU Anschutz Anti-All Nighter Calendar, De-Stress at Strauss Library Wed. May 8th at 5pm

Join us all next week for a range of stress relief events at the Strauss Health Sciences Library! Each day, we’ll have a unique event featuring tips and treats to help alleviate some finals anxiety, but the highlight is Wednesday evening, May 8th, when we’re hosting an “Anti-All Nighter” at the library in conjunction with CU Anschutz Student Services. This event will include a free pancake food truck, a silent disco (indoors or outdoors, weather permitting), a VR demonstration from our friends at Inworks, yoga in the Reading Room, licensed therapy dogs from the Alliance of Therapy Dogs, and much more!

You can RSVP now, or read on to learn more about the week-long festivities.  


  • Tuesday 5/7/19 @ Noon; Strauss Library Tower Room

Mindfulness and Guided Meditation with Mimi Munroe

Come for a discussion on mindfulness and guided meditation! Pita trays and drinks will be provided.


  • Wednesday 5/8/19 @ 5 pm – 9 pm; Strauss Library

De-Stress @ Strauss Library

Pancakes, Puppies, and Silent Disco! BRING YOUR STUDENT ID to participate. Take a break and enter to win one of our door prizes, including a Galaxy Tablet, courtesy of the Writing Center.


  • Thursday 5/9/19 @ Noon; Strauss Library Front Lobby

Tech Talk with the Library IT Department

Learn about all the technology and IT services that the Library has to offer with the Strauss Library IT Department. We have Windows and MacBook specialists who keep up to date on all the new laptops and gadgets available, as well as pizza!


  • Friday 5/10/19 @ Noon; Strauss Library Reading Room

Self-Care Training with Matt Vogl

Matt is the Executive Director of the National Mental Health Innovation Center, and has recently given a talk at TedxMileHigh on the topic of “How virtual reality can improve your mental health.” Pita tray and drinks will be provided.


Post by Jason Wardell, Access Services. Get in touch via email or AskUs with any questions.

Lounging is the New Cool: 24/7 Badge-Access Lounge at HSL Opens.

A new space is open at the library and all eyes are watching to see how campus students will make use of it. Come visit and Tell Us what you think @ https://hslibrary.ucdenver.edu/tell-us. Located just outside the front doors of HSL.

The Lounge at HSL is not quite your average café or a quiet study area but something new, different, and in between from Health Sciences Library. The space had sat dormant for years, and the time came to step up and change the situation for the better.

More of a relaxing place to take a break than a library area, the Lounge is a great nook to get a snack, or get your laptop, or talk on your phone. You can study in style with lots of natural light and great views of the trees outside. There will be more noise and some laughter as people pass through and chew on their snacks, but the bright environment will not fail to put you in a better mood.

The Lounge at HSL officially opened on Tuesday Sept 5. It is located just outside the front entrance of the library. Two doors on each end are badge controlled, and the lounge is intended for Anschutz campus ID-carrying users.

The Lounge at HSL is accessible 24/7, day and night. A large fridge is provided for students to store their lunches and other foods–the area is more secure due to the badge controlled entrances and the typical honor code prevails not to touch other peoples lunches stored in the refrigerator. Students already heavily use the three public fridges on each floor inside the library so this expands options. The Lounge provides two roomy microwaves, an upscale Keurig coffee machine, and a variety of vending machines which vend coffee pods. The Keurig will make hot water for tea if coffee is not your bag, and the fabulous slate stainless steel fridge dispenses cool water and ice if you prefer cold over hot on those Colorado sunny days.

If trash cans being full are any evidence of use so far, students are cooking their meals and using vending quite a bit in the Lounge already. One of the vending machines is unique and different from vending inside the library and it offers larger snacks and meals to heat up.

The Lounge is for use by students, staff and faculty and others on the Anschutz campus who have and carry their AMC ID badge. The library does not issue ID badges — possession of an Anschutz ID badge depends on your role/identity with the Schools/Colleges/departments on campus. Signage in the space spells out contact information and appropriate conduct.

Ideas, questions or concerns can be reported to the library service desk or by contacting the Head of Access Services at the library — contact information below.

Wireless connectivity in the Lounge is sound, and more electrical outlets were installed to offer USB charging outlets for all your devices. The Lounge at HSL is not a quiet environment nor intended to be so. It can be a fun gathering place and cool spot to work on your laptop, collaborate and chat, and even study if you don’t mind the buzz of other people coming and going and snacking and cooking.

Stop by, card in, relax and have a snack. Bring a friend to chat with and chill out. Lounging is the new cool at Health Sciences Library. Come give it a try and enjoy!

Questions about the Lounge: please contact Douglas Stehle, Health Sciences Library, douglas.stehle@ucdenver.edu or 303.724.2139.

Comments can also be reported to the library’s service desk inside during library’s operational public hours.

Welcome to Anschutz! Tips for New Students, Faculty, and Staff

Now that you’ve had a little time to settle in, purchase your textbooks, and figure out where you can get lunch, we want to extend a warm welcome from the faculty and staff at your Health Sciences Library here on campus! The Health Sciences Library website is the gateway for many resources you’ll use for your studies and research.

From our website, you can:

  • Access library resources (using your PassportID credentials if you’re off-campus)
  • Click the Ask Us! link to contact a librarian by phone, chat, or email for quick questions, customized one-on-one research consultation appointments, or anything else you may need help with
  • Review our Getting Started at the Library & Finding Full Text Online resource guide to learn essential skills for new library users (other tutorials and classes are available)
  • Use SearchHSL from the homepage to explore electronic books, journals, and other resources that contain information on your research topic
  • Register for “Getting Started At The Library” or sign up for other library classes for help with PubMed, EndNote, and other resources
  • Renew your library books online, and get copies of materials that CU does not own from a wide network of libraries using Interlibrary Loan
  • Find an electronic textbook to help you study and learn!

Although you can get to most Library resources without ever leaving your home, there are many reasons to visit the Library:

  • Access library resources from your laptop via the campus WiFi
  • Check out laptops with pre-loaded applications, art, and productivity tools for 5 days!
  • Use any of 48 computer workstations in the Information Commons, some with unique software like SPSS and SAS, VH Dissector Pro, and MS Office. One workstation is equipped with ZoomText for the visually impaired and four have document scanners
  • Get help locating evidence-based information, clinical care information, or primary source articles
  • Reserve one of our group study rooms  (majority of rooms are first-come-first-served).
  • You can connect your laptop to the flat-panel LCD screens to display a presentation or website, or use the mobile whiteboards to facilitate group study sessions (check out dry erase markers from the Service Desk)
  • Study or take a break outdoors on any one of several library patios. Wireless internet and electrical outlets are available on the patios
  • Reserve one of the library’s several meeting rooms for your group meeting of 12-50 participants

Especially for students:

 The Health Sciences Library offers many services specifically for students:

 Especially for Staff and Faculty!

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here to help you! Best wishes on your new journey and we’ll look forward to seeing you in the library.

Welcome Night Owls and Early Birds: The Library is 24/7!

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The library is open 24/7 to affiliated faculty, staff, and students of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. All you need is your official university ID to badge in and stay after hours. Members of the University of Colorado Denver downtown are welcome to stay in the building at close, but will not be able to badge back in after exiting the building. Individuals without an official badge, regardless of status, cannot remain in the library after close; there are no exceptions to this policy.

To keep you full and focused, the library offers the following:

  • Mini-fridges on all 3 floors
  • Microwaves on all 3 floors
  • Keurig machines on the 2nd and 3rd floors (BYO K-Cups and mugs!)
  • Soda and snack vending machines on 1st floor, north end
  • Coffee vending machine on 1st floor, south end
  • Water bottle filling stations on all 3 floors
  • White board markers and headphones, honor policy checkout at the front desk
  • Moveable white boards, found throughout the library
  • Walk station treadmill desks, first and third floors

Please be mindful when using the library by keeping your valuables safe; do not leave your items unattended. It may seem like a hassle to bring your laptop and phone with you to the restroom, but it only takes a moment for an item to be taken. Your safety is our priority, so help us keep you and campus safe by practicing vigilance!

If you ever feel unsafe, do not hesitate to contact campus police by calling 303-724-4444. You can also reach campus police by using one of the library’s red emergency phones, which are located near each restroom on all floors. You’ll also find emergency 9-1-1 red buttons throughout the library.

If you have any questions or comments about 24/7 please contact library staff by emailing circ.library@ucdenver.edu, ask staff at the service desk, or call 303-724-2152. For more information, visit the library’s hours page regarding 24/7 Badge Access.

[Brittany Heer, Interlibrary Loan Manager]

PastPerfect — An Artifacts Database

Did you know that the Health Sciences Library has a unique collection of medical artifacts, consisting of a wide range of objects, dating from the 19th century? Besides view these artifacts in several rotating exhibits of the artifacts throughout the library, the collection is available for individual research. If you would like to search the artifact collection, visit the Library’s newest database- PastPerfect Online- http://uchslibrary.pastperfectonline.com/ All the artifacts listed in the catalog are available for anyone to look at, with an appointment.  Searching help is included on the page, or you can contact Paul Andrews at paul.andrewes@ucdenver.edu or 303-724-2113 for assistance.

What are your 3 library wishes?

Library Wishes Genie LampIf the Library Genie granted you three library wishes, what would they be?  Now you have the opportunity to let us know!

Submit your three wishes to the library genie today!  Your wishes will be anonymous, but if you’d be willing to talk more with us about your wishes you can include your name and e-mail address.

  • Are there resources or services you’d like to see the library offer?
  • Has the library implemented enhancements that you’d like to see more of?
  • How could the library better assist you with your research, education or clinical needs?

Library Closures – Holiday & Carpet Cleaning

The library will suspend 24/7 access for a short period just before Christmas. When HSL closes at 5 p.m. on Thurs Dec 22, ALL USERS will be asked to exit the building — students, staff, AMC, downtown, everyone. NO EXCEPTIONS. This is for carpet cleaning of high traffic areas, many of which have rarely/never been cleaned. The suspension of 24/7 runs from 5 pm, Thursday Dec 22 to 7 am, Monday Dec 26. Thanks to everyone for your understanding as we make the library cleaner for everyone! Happy Holidays!

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Work Study Access Services Student Assistant Needed

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Work Study Access Services Student Assistant

Health Sciences Library

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Are you a University of Colorado Anschutz or Downtown Denver student looking for fun and rewarding part-time work?

Do you have work-study money?

If you answered yes to both of those questions, come on down to the Health Sciences Library!

Description: The Access Services student assistant supports library patrons in using resources including the online catalog and article databases, the library’s website, course reserves, photocopiers and printers. This position helps staff the library’s service desk treating on-site questions and phone calls and explains and refers customers to key services. The student assistant is an employee of the University of Colorado and represents the library to students, faculty, staff and visitors. The student assistant can work between 10 and 20 hours per week and will be trained extensively in their duties.  Specific hours are decided by mutual agreement between the supervisor and the student when hired and based on operational priorities of the department and library. Closing shifts are a requirement of the job and are shared with all other student employees along with some weekend hours Saturday/Sunday.

The student assistant must provide excellent service to all library patrons in a pleasant and positive manner.  This position reports to the day or evening staff student supervisors and will also be directed by the Circulation Manager and other library staff on duty during shifts.

Duties of the position include but are not limited to the following:

CIRCULATION, CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE, CLOSING, etc.

Answers questions in-person and by phone courteously and transfer calls when necessary

Directs patrons to the proper department, librarians and expert staff

Checks in/out books and other circulating materials including reserves

Possesses a working knowledge of basic library tools & resources (catalog, reference collection, online databases, electronic & print serials, course reserves, special collections, library’s website, etc.)

Closing of library in the evenings, paired with one or more other student assistants responsible for service desk evenings & weekends after staff leave

Assists with opening of the library especially on weekends

Assists with pulling material requested for holds, campus delivery and other needs

Supports retrieval & photocopying of materials for interlibrary loan and Prospector services

Operates cash register for sales transactions

Knows and follows established notification procedures for emergencies

Knows layout and locations of all offices and collections in the library

Reports any physical building problems to appropriate supervisor

PHOTOCOPIERS/PRINTERS/COMPUTER WORKSTATIONS

Troubleshoots copiers, laser printers and computer workstations to help patrons with questions and minor problems with hardware & software

Reports computer, printer and copier malfunctions

STACK MAINTENANCE

Shelves materials and shelf reading

Face & tidy shelves and assist with move of materials as directed

The ideal Access Services Student Assistant possess all of the following:

Professional and courteous manner with customers, library staff and other student assistants

Availability to work night and weekend hours and covering closing shifts

Ability to adhere to a work schedule

Dependability and the ability to be a self-motivated, independent and quick learner

Attention to detail

Interest in and willingness to improve information discovery and library collections finding search skills

Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel

WAGES: This position starts at $10 per hour

Students advance by demonstrating their mastery of the duties they perform, as enumerated on the skill list for their position and their attitude as evaluated by their supervisors. Formal evaluations occur annually.

Needed Shifts:

*Apply and inquire* All student employees participate and share in closing shifts and some weekend hours.

Please fill out this form and email as an attachment to madison.mosely@ucdenver.edu with the subject line: Work Study Application.

 

Prospector Temporarily Suspended

The Health Sciences Library is in the process of migrating to a new system. Beginning Monday, November 7, 2016, Prospector services will be temporarily suspended as part of the migration. Prospector services will be restored within the next several months. We will notify the Anschutz Medical Campus community when services resume. Please watch for updates. You will still have options for requesting materials during the Prospector downtime.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL): Please create an ILL (Illiad) account to place requests for books and articles held at other libraries. ILL services will be limited to academic material. ILLiad is a free service for most Anschutz Medical Campus faculty, staff, and students. Please visit our webpage. For questions and help with Interlibrary Loan, please contact the ILL office at copydocs@ucdenver.edu or call 303-724-2111.

Your Public Library: If you are looking for popular fiction or leisure reading, please visit your local public library. Most libraries in the metro area are members of Prospector and can help you with this service.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during our migration process! We will do our best to make the transition as smooth as possible for you. Questions? Please contact the service desk at 303-724-2152. For specific questions concerning Prospector, please contact Tami Hoegerl at 303-724-2175 or tamara.hoegerl@ucdenver.edu.