The Library is currently operating with limited hours.
Mon - Fri: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun: Closed
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
(202) 884-1520 or (202) 884-1521
Need research assistance?
(202) 884-1420 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Fatima M. Barnes - Liaison, Howard University Hospital
Jeremy Gunnoe - Liaison, College of Medicine and College of Dentistry
Jahala Simuel - Liaison, College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences
Juan-Pablo Gonzalez - Liaison, College of Pharmacy
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
|Library Forms (not available at this time)||Library Requests||Feedback|
Dr. Fatima Barnes, EDD, MPH, MSIS, MBA
(202) 884-1723 / email@example.com
Jeremy Gunnoe, MSLIS
Assistant Director of Operations
(202) 884-1507 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Juan-Pablo González, MSLIS
(202) 884-1730 / email@example.com
Jahala Simuel, MLS, MIS
Head, Access Services
(202) 884-1508 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Digital Resources Librarian
(202) 884-1730 / email@example.com
Edmund Essah Ameyaw, PhD, M.Phil.
(202) 884-1729 / firstname.lastname@example.org
(202) 884-1521 / email@example.com
(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
Can I print at LSHSL?
Printing is done at the iLab.
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.
Do you have to be a Health Sciences graduate student to check out a study room?
Who can borrow from the library?
Only Health Sciences students, other consortium members and faculty can borrow books from the Health Sciences library
Can we bring food in the library?
Food is only allowed in the café area on the 1st floor behind the security desk.
Can Reserve books be checked out?
Reserve books can be checked out for 3hrs with a HU ID (or WRLC ID) but can ONLY be used in the Health Sciences Library.
Can I check out books from another library in the WRLC consortium?
Yes, you can check out books from other WRLC consortium that Howard University is affiliated with.You can request that the book be delivered to the Health Sciences library or you can go to that University and pick book 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 on the library’s social media pages.
My library account expired what should I do?
Call the library or come in person to see why your library account is expired.