Mon - Thu: 8:00 am - Midnight
Fri: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat - Sun: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
The Library is closed for all federal holidays.
Assistance is also available with chat or email during the same hours.
Library resources are always available 24/7.
501 W. Street, NW
Washington, DC 20059
Need research assistance?
(202) 884-1420 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Liaison, College of Medicine and College of Dentistry
Resource Sharing; Inter-Library Loan (ILL)
Liaison, Howard University Hospital; GME
Liaison, College of Pharmacy;
College of Nursing and Allied Health
About Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library (LSHSL)
Named in honor of the venerable congressman for his thirty-year crusade combating disparities in health care, the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library (LSHSL) is a health information resource for the University's medical, dental, pharmacy, nursing, and allied health sciences, students, and faculty. The LSHSL is also equipped to serve the health information needs of individual patients, healthcare providers, the community, and researchers in general.
Spread over 80,000 square feet and towering at four levels of one of the most iconic buildings on campus, the LSHSL has two elevators and offers space to meet various needs of the Howard community. Some of the meeting rooms are fully equipped to multicast presentations and discussions that foster collaboration between internal and external stakeholders.
The Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library is a resource library for the National Networks of Libraries of Medicine of the National Library of Medicine. The library is also one of nine libraries that belong to the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC), which supports and enhances member libraries and information services of universities in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The WRLC enables the success of learning and scholarship by creating coordinated collections, designing a robust infrastructure for discovery and access, and ensuring the long-term preservation of physical and digital information resources and sharing expertise.
The library is affiliated with the Medical Library Association as well as the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL). The AAHSL comprises the libraries serving the accredited U.S. and Canadian medical schools belonging to or affiliated with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). It includes other related libraries and organizations that lead in resolving information and knowledge management problems in the health care environment.
The library is staffed by four librarians (including the Executive Director) and three technical assistants. The Executive Director reports to the Provost and Chief Academic Officer of the University.
The LSHSL collection transitioned from print-based to electronic in 2014 to provide online access to high-quality digital assets. Access to 2,686 electronic journals, 5,578 eBooks, and 40 fee-based databases are available on-campus and remotely. WRLC shares its collections with Howard University, which makes thousands more of e-books available to LSHSL customers. The library provides immediate and multiple routes of access to electronic resources including full-text journals, full-text books, evidence-based practice tools, indexes, and databases.
The LSHSL Facilities
Books that are available to be checked out and removed from the library are located on the first floor.
Materials Limited for Use in the Library Only
Reserve books are located on the first floor behind the front desk and are for use in the library only. Reserve books may be checked out for a period of 3 hours.
Medical Materials listed below may be checked out for a period of 3 hours
Selected anatomical components
Anatomy Flash Cards
Dental Hygiene Decks
Reference & Instruction
Students and faculty can contact a liaison librarian to make an appointment for a research consultation. Faculty can make a request for a librarian to visit your classroom or schedule time for your class to visit the library.
Topics may include but are not limited to:
Group Study Rooms
Students can check out group study rooms on the library homepage (hsl.howard.edu) or at the Access Services Desk at the library.
Small Study Room (2 people minimum to reserve; seats up to 4)
Large Study Room (4 people minimum to reserve; seats up to 10)
Single Study Room (1 person only; Students studying for Boards have priority access)
Dr. Fatima Barnes, EDD, MPH, MSIS, MBA
(202) 884-1723 / email@example.com
Jeremy Gunnoe, MSLIS
Assistant Director of Operations; Medical Librarian
(202) 884-1507 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Administrative Assistant; Events Management
(202) 884-1526 / email@example.com
Resource Sharing Librarian
(202) 884-1727 / firstname.lastname@example.org
(202) 884-1508 / email@example.com
Jherusha L. Lambert
Digital Resources Librarian
(202) 884-1730 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Edmund Essah Ameyaw, PhD, M.Phil.
(202) 884-1729 / email@example.com
Deborah (Webb) McKenzie
(202) 884-1520 / firstname.lastname@example.org
(202) 884-1520 / email@example.com
***Updated 8/27/21: The library is open to all consortia members with proof of vaccination.***
Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library
My password has expired, what should I do?
Your login and password are the same as your Howard email address and password. If you’ve forgotten your password, please contact Enterprise Technology Services (ETS) at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 806-2020.
Can I print at LSHSL?
No. Printing is available at the iLab (at the corner of Georgia Ave. and Bryant St. NW) and the Computer Lab @ Founder's Library. You can also utilize the paid printing services at the Shaw Neighborhood Library or the nearest UPS Store (both on 7th St. 1-2 blocks south of Florida Ave.)
Do you have to be a Health Sciences student to enter the library?
No. All HU and HUH students, faculty and staff, and WRLC members may use the library.
How do I reserve a study room?
Go to our website at https://hsl.howard.edu and click on the link to the right of the page that says “Book a Study Room”.
Do you have to be a Health Sciences student to check out a study room?
Yes. In addition, you must have two (2) students minimum for small study rooms and four (4) students minimum for the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) rooms.
Who can borrow from the library?
Howard University students, faculty, and staff, other consortium members can borrow materials from the Health Sciences library
Can we bring food into the library?
Food is allowed in the café area on the 1st floor behind the security desk.
Can Reserve books and materials be checked out?
Reserve books and materials are located behind the circulation desk and can be checked out for 3 hrs with a HU ID (or WRLC ID) but can ONLY be used in the Health Sciences Library.
Can I check out materials from another library in the WRLC consortium?
Yes, you have study privileges and can check out materials from other WRLC consortium libraries that Howard University is affiliated with (see WRLC link). Some restrictions may apply, so we recommend you check with the library before you visit. . You can also request that the book be delivered to the Health Sciences Library (this usually takes 2-3 days) or you can go to that University and pick the materials up.
What are the library hours?
Library hours are subject to change and will always be posted in the library, on the library’s website, and the library’s social media pages.