Visiting the Library

The Bio-Medical Library is open to the public during our regular hours and is located in Diehl Hall on the University of Minnesota Campus.  Visit our Directions page to plan your visit.  

Borrowing Books and Other Materials

The MNCAT Catalog, which is available to anyone via the Internet, includes records for books, journals, and media owned by the University Libraries, including Bio-Medical Library. We welcome you to use the catalog in advance of your visit to determine the availability of materials.

All users are welcome to use most materials within the Bio-Medical Library. To borrow or access Libraries' materials, alumni and other guests may:

  • Join the Friends of the Libraries.
  • Qualify for Special Borrowing Privileges.
  • Obtain on-site access to University Libraries electronic resources and databases, but not the remote access.
  • Request Interlibrary Loan (ILL) to obtain materials not held by University of Minnesota through your Minnesota public library via the MNLink Gateway (MN residents only). No Interlibrary Loan (ILL) privileges are available through the University Libraries. 


Visitors can stop by any library service desk to sign up for computer workstation card by presenting a valid government issued photo ID. This card will give the visitor up to two hours of computer access per day and is valid for six months. After six months the card may be renewed. Additional visitor computer access is available by joining the Friends of the Libraries or qualifying for a Special Borrowing Privileges card.

Visitors may use library computers to access most of our licensed indexes and databases and electronic books while using library computer workstations. All users must agree to abide by University Libraries policies.

Reference and Instruction Services

Non-affiliated healthcare professionals are invited to contact the Bio-Medical Library Reference Services for brief assistance with searching the health sciences literature, and using information resources and related tools.

Consumer health resources

Our personal health page offers information that you, as a patient or caregiver, can use to make well-informed decisions about your health. Visit this page to earn more about a condition, locate a doctor, or find community resources.

Classes and Workshops

Classes are offered for health professionals, public health practitioners, community-based organizations, professional associations, public librarians, and others desiring to learn more about health information resources. These classes are provided as a free outreach service and are sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region.

Contact our Outreach Services Librarian to arrange for instruction on National Library of Medicine resources and consumer health resources. Classes are available for groups and individuals and can be customized for specific needs.