At the end of July 2013, the number of documents held by our library was 28,451 which included 19,413 books and monographs. Books are classified according to the Dewey Decimal Classification Scheme. Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) are used for assigning subjects. The books and monographs are arranged at three places according to their usage, viz. (i) Book Stacks; (ii) Reference Section; and (iii) Recent Arrivals.
The library catalogue, which is a Dictionary Catalogue, is divided into three parts viz. by author, title and subject. For cataloguing the documents received in the library, the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules I, II are being used. The collection of Central Medical Library as well as other libraries located in the MGM campus has been automated using the Library Management Software, LibSys.
The library currently receives 229 periodical titles; of these 89 are international. In addition, library subscribes to 206 online journals (International: 108; National: 98). As and when periodicals are received in the library, they are displayed alphabetically in the Periodicals Section. On completion of volumes, they are bound and kept in alphabetical order in the shelves .
(Photo of Library stacks)
The publications organized in helpful sequence in Book Stack Section may be borrowed by the health clientele for home reading using Borrower Card made available by the Library. The Library has an open access system. Bay guides containing information on classificatory language and its transliterated subjects have been pasted on each book rack and book case to facilitate users and library staff to easily retrieve the needed documents without wasting time.
(Photo Reference Section showing the book collection organized therein)
The collection in Reference Section consists of encyclopedias, dictionaries, directories, handbooks, pharmacopoeias, multi-volumes, monographs, etc. In addition, it has a special collection on Mahatma Gandhi and Acharya Vinoba Bhave. Publications organized in this Section are not for lending. These are available to PGs, faculty, educationists, health planners and administrators for reference only within the Library premises. However, on special case, publications kept in this Section can be issued for home reading after obtaining prior permission from the competent authority.
(Photo of Recent Arrivals)
The Section has collection of latest editions as well as recent releases (during the previous three years) on varied subjects such as; Cardiology, Cardiovascular Diseases, Emergency Medicine, Nephrology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Pediatric Surgery, Respiratory Medicine, Urology, etc. These include titles acquired on the recommendation of the respective subject specialists/Head of Departments. Publications are organized in Book Cases according to Subjects in user-friendly sequence. The publications organized in Recent Arrivals section are not loaned out for home reading. However, these can be used for reference within the library premises.
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The library has subscribed 229 (International: 89, National: 140) scholarly periodical titles during 2013. It has a separate room popularly know as Journal Section, for organizing the periodical collection systematically. There are nine display racks which are used for displaying the latest issues of international/national journals with a view to provide maximum visibility to users. Latest issues of 25 periodical titles can be adjusted in one Display Rack. There are two sections, such as; (i) International; and (ii) National Journals. Latest issues of 89 international and 140 national periodical titles are displayed alphabetically in four and five Display Racks respectively. Old issues of journals are kept behind the each latest displayed issue in respective cabinet in a systematic order. 36 users can sit at a time for consulting the periodical literature in Journal Section. 8640 Back volumes of journals have been organized in alphabetical order behind the Display Racks and Corridor.
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The Library has a separate area for Virtual Learning Resource Centre popularly known as E-Library with excellent state-of-the art computer facilities having 35 Internet connected computer terminals provides email facility and access to e-materials and e-resources. The Library has in all 40 computers under Local Area Network (LAN) with internet browsing terminals, CINAHL, MEDLINE Complete, MUHS Digital Library, UGC-INFLIBNET Annual Reviews, and UpToDate databases which provide online access to full text of more than 4560 e-journals and one photocopier in Reprographic Unit. It provides counseling and bibliographic assistance. It has CD & DVD-ROMs access facilities (804).
LibSys – a Library Management Software has been procured and installed in the main server accessible by all users. Entire library collection has been computerized. It provides various search points such as; title/series, author, classificatory language, subject etc. It also provides information on journals subscribed or received on gratis/exchange including details of last issue received, and current holdings can be seen. It provides access of journals according to alphabetical order by their name and broad subjects.
A Documentation Centre has been established recently in the Central Medial Library. The centre is responsible to maintain records of all the major events such as; visit of dignitaries, hosting of symposia, conferences, workshops, inaugural functions, establishing new centres or facilities, breakthrough, press coverage of various functions etc. The centre would not only maintain the records in a systematic manner in the library but would also make some albums available in the office of the Vice Chancellor.