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Educational Use of Library Resources by UNMC Volunteer Faculty

Thank you for agreeing to serve as a University of Nebraska Medical Center preceptor. To support you in your role as an educator, you have received an ID and password on the UNMC information network. Your ID and password allow you to access electronic books, journals, and databases licensed by the McGoogan Library of Medicine. The library pays educational rates for these resources and as a result, the publishers allow them to be used for noncommercial educational purposes only.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is considered an authorized user of licensed resources?

Authorized users include currently registered UNMC students; UNMC employees; and UNMC faculty holding Regents appointments to salaried, volunteer, courtesy, and emeritus positions. Licensors also consider walk-in users of computers on the sixth floor of the McGoogan Library as authorized users.

Acceptable Use

Authorized users may view, reproduce, or store copies of these resources, provided the materials are for personal use in connection with their responsibilities as a preceptor. For example, your student has a question about a certain drug or procedure. You may search for and print a copy of an article on that particular subject to share with your student.

Unacceptable Use

Authorized users may not use their ID and password to retrieve or distribute materials to other hospital employees (i.e. nurses, pharmacists, techs, physicians), patients, or customers. This is considered commercial use and is not allowed. For example, you may not use the UpToDate© resource to print off information to give to patients. You may not share your ID and password or allow third parties to use or benefit from articles or information
you obtain from McGoogan Library electronic books, journals, or databases. You may not redistribute or resell content, in electronic or any other form.
You may not reproduce, electronically or otherwise, material beyond that permitted under Section 107 and 108 of the U.S. copyright law, which legally define fair use of copyrighted articles and content. See the McGoogan Library’s Copyright and Fair Use web page for more information on fair use.

Where can other hospital employees get help or information?

If your institution does not employ a hospital librarian or you are an independent pharmacy, refer coworkers to the McGoogan Library Education and Research Services on the web or, at 866-800-5209 or 402-559-6221. Our professional medical librarians will search for any Nebraska health professional. Refer to the fee table on the search request form.

Where can patients go for more information?

You may refer your patients to the Consumer Health Information Resource Service (CHIRS) at the McGoogan Library of Medicine for evaluated information to guide health decisions for themselves or their family members. They can call 1-866-800-5209, or email, and request a search for information. A professional medical librarian will research their question and provide by mail or email a tailored package of information that can be discussed with their health care provider. This no - fee service is offered to all Nebraskans and patients of Nebraska Medicine.


If you have any questions about accessing licensed resources, visit the Library’s homepage at, call us at 402-559-6221, toll free at 1-866-800-5209, or email us at


UNMC NetID Request

A UNMC NetID is required to access the online information resources at the McGoogan Library of Medicine.
If you know you will need a UNMC NetID because you are not an employee or student of UNMC, ask your sponsoring department to request one for you.

  1. Go to the UNMC Guest Account form
  2. Fill out the questionnaire, which includes the name of the UNMC department sponsor
  3. Submit the request.

Once the request is assessed and confirmed, the UNMC NetID will be sent to you.
Problems with the request should be directed to the ITS Help Desk at 402-559-7700.


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