About Hirsh Library

About our Space

Circulation desk with staff member

Hirsh Health Sciences Library features an extensive collection of health resources, both in print and electronic formats. Patrons can relax in comfortable couches and chairs with over 300 available seats. The library features quiet floors and collaborative spaces, two computer labs, study rooms, and meeting areas to accommodate a variety of research and academic needs. Library computers are available for public use and PC laptops, MacBooks, headphones, and other electronic accessories are available for checkout.

Library History

For over 50 years there has been a medical and health sciences library serving the Tufts University Medical School. It has had many names and locations over the years, starting with simply the “Medical Library,“ which was located  off of Huntington Avenue. It was also briefly known as the Chenery Memorial Library before being named the Tufts Medical and Dental Library in 1973 while located at 136 Harrison Avenue. When the library moved to its current home at 145 Harrison Avenue, it was again renamed to the Health Sciences Library and then was dedicated in 2005 as Hirsh Health Sciences Library. For decades, the library has also served the staff and clinicians at Tufts Medical Center, which was previously known as the New England Medical Center.

About the Area

Located in the Tufts Center for Medical Education Building on Tufts University’s Boston campus, the Hirsh Health Sciences Library is situated in Chinatown, minutes away from a diverse choice of dining establishments. Patrons can travel to the Library by taking the MBTA Orange Line to the Tufts Medical Center, which is attached to the Medical Education Building. The library is conveniently located near several local attractions: a 5-10 minute walk to Boston Common and to the Public Garden.