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Welcome New Residents and Fellows


Access Journals & Books from Anywhere

The Galter Health Sciences Library would like to extend a warm welcome to all new and continuing residents and fellows. Did you know that you can access all library resources from both on and off campus?

To register for access, you need a NU NetID which you should have received in an email about your Northwestern email account. It's usually in the format: abc1234. If you don’t know your NU NetID, use the NU People Directory and search by name.

To get started with your registration, just click "My Galter" at the top right-corner of the library's website, and follow the prompts. If you have any problems, drop us an email or contact the liaison librarian for your department. Once registered on our website, just log in with your NU NetID on future visits and enjoy seamless access to all our electronic resources.

Alternative option: Set up and use GlobalProtect VPN

Multi-factor Authentication (MFA): All logins to library resources require an additional security step using Multi-factor authentication. Download the Duo Mobile app now so you don't encounter any connection issues going forward. Find more information about using MFA and Duo Health: 

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Feinberg Information Technology

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How do I get access to UpToDate on my mobile device?
Create an account through the UpToDate link on the Galter Library home page located under Popular Resources.
I have an UpToDate account through my old institution. How do I update my account for access through Northwestern?
If you have content or CE/CME credits through your old UpToDate account that you wish to save, you can re-affiliate your account in one of two ways:
Option 1: Allow your existing account to lapse.
  • Your account will lapse 90 days after you last logged in from your old institution's network (i.e. on campus or via an EHR, portal, or VPN).
  • Next, log in to UpToDate from Northwestern's network on a desktop/laptop computer.
Option 2: Create a new account, and merge your accounts.
  • Open UpToDate on a desktop/laptop computer in Northwestern's network, and register for a new account.
  • Once registered and logged in to your new account, go to "My Account."
  • Click "Consolidate my accounts."
  • Follow the prompts to enter the username and password for your old account, and click "Log in."

More information about UpToDate Anywhere: Mobile Resources.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What mobile apps do I have access to through the library?
See our full list of Mobile Resources.

What about pharmacology tools?
Access Clinical Pharmacology, which includes NMH's hospital formulary. See more resources on our Pharmacology GalterGuide.

What other resources do I need to know about?
Browse our Clinical Medicine guides or view all GalterGuides by topic.

Can the library help me with a systematic review?
Yes, we can. See an outline of our systematic review services.

How do I access the physical library space?
The library is located at 320 E. Superior Street and is open during these hours. Outside of the library's open hours, the Extended Hours Study Space (EHSS) is open to Feinberg affiliates 24/7. You must use a university-issued Wildcard or Northwestern Medicine badge for swipe access. Hospital-issued badges will not work. Contact the Wildcard office  directly about obtaining this type of identification. 
*If you continue to have issues accessing the Extended Hours Study Space (EHSS), please fill out this form: Extended Hours Study Space Access.
What about the questions I don't even know I have yet?
See our FAQs.
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Contact Us

Our library staff members are available to assist you. Call, email, live chat or just stop by. Note that our email and live chat services are intended for use by Feinberg School of Medicine students, faculty and staff. 

  • Email us at; questions are usually answered by the next business day.
  • Call us at 312-503-8126 during our hours of operation.
  • Chat with us Monday – Friday from 10:00am - 4:00pm. Questions submitted after hours will be answered the following business day.
  • Drop in during open Library Hours to the Galter Health Sciences Library service desk located at 320 E. Superior St.
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Updated: August 1, 2023