Alumni Gateway to Health Information and Library Services



Sitting in the LibraryWelcome alumni of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine! We are pleased to offer you access to many of our library services.* Use us to stay informed, organized, and connected. Get research assistance, order articles, or take a class. Check out our selection of freely-available journal, book, and database collections below. And remember, we're just a phone call or mouse-click away.

*Only alumni of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine  (or as it was formerly known, the Northwestern University Medical School) and the Dental and Nursing Schools at Northwestern University are eligible to use library services at the Galter Health Sciences Library. All other alumni should contact the library of the school from which they graduated to find out about services offered to alumni of other schools at Northwestern University.

Alumni visiting the library will be required to show an alumni card and a photo ID to enter any university building on the Chicago campus and the Galter Library in particular.

Use of library computers and printing requires login with NU NetIDs. To use a library computer or print at the library, alumni will need to request a guest NU NetID at the front desk.

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Library Services

Stay informed!

  • Photocopy Service (Loansome Doc)** — Order copies of articles from the library for $25 per article.
  • Literature Searches** — Request expert searchers to perform literature searches for as little as $20 per search.
  • Borrow Materials — Alumni with current addresses in the 312, 773, 224, 630, 708 and 847 area codes may borrow books at no charge from the Galter Library. Bring your alumni card to the library to have a borrowing account created for you.
  • Classes — Take classes on many topics, such as EndNote and PubMed. See the class schedule for details and call us at 312-503-8109 to register. Classes are available at no charge to alumni because of your affiliation to Northwestern University.
  • Ask a Librarian — Request answers to short, factual questions from Galter librarians. More in-depth research is available for a fee through our literature search service.

Stay connected!

  • Special Collections Research — Alumni with questions relating to the use of the Library's rare books and archival materials can contact the Reference Desk by email or by calling (312) 503-8109 (Reference Desk). Some research services are fee-based. Appointments are required for on-site services and access.
  • Supporting the Galter Library — Many of our alumni have given generously to support future collections and services. For information on supporting the Galter Library, please contact Director Kristi Holmes by email or contact the Library Administration office at (312) 503-8133.

**These services are available for a fee. See our Fees for Services.

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Full-Text Journal Articles

  • BioMed Central — an independent publishing house committed to providing immediate free access to peer-reviewed biomedical research.
  • DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals)—this service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals.
  • Free Medical Journals — is dedicated to the promotion of free access to medical journals over the Internet.
  • Highwire Press — more than 1.3 million free, full-text articles online.
  • Public Library of Science — a nonprofit scientific publishing venture that will provide high-quality, high-profile journal articles.
  • PubMed Central— a digital archive of life sciences journal literature managed by the U.S. National Center for Biotechnology Information at the National Library of Medicine.
The Galter Health Sciences Library is unable to provide alumni with remote access to licensed online journals, books or databases to which the library subscribes. Alumni are welcome to visit the library in person or use the library's Loansome Doc service to obtain journal articles for a fee.
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Full-Text Books

  • Merck Manuals — free online texts about diagnosis and therapy, health and aging, geriatrics, home medicine, chemical and drugs, and veterinary care. Texts are available in English as well as other languages.
  • National Academies Press — includes Institute of Medicine reports.
  • Freebooks4Doctors — links to more than 500 full-text medical books online.
  • NCBI Bookshelf — a growing collection of online, searchable biomedical textbooks.
  • PDA -Handheld List — collection of PDA resources, many of which are free. Contains drug guides, books, guidelines, calculators and other tools for your PDA.
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Databases and Other Websites

  • PubMed — free access to MEDLINE, the premier biomedical literature database produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM).
  • MedlinePlus — authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. It also includes information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and the latest health news.
  • — gateway to peer-reviewed information by cancer type. Includes links to PDQ (Physician Data Query), SEER (Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results) and other specialized information resources.
  • Clinical eCompanion — free clinical information website geared especially towards primary care providers that searches multiple free, reliable health information resources.
  • NLM Gateway — allows users of NLM services to initiate searches from one Web interface, providing "one-stop searching" for many of NLM's information resources or databases. Resources include MEDLINE, TOXLINE,, and MedlinePlus.
  • National Guideline Clearinghouse — a public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines.

These and other resources can also be accessed from the Alumni GalterList.

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Updated: July 6th, 2018 08:47