Medical Library


Central library

In accordance with the objectives of the of the institute to become a’Centre of Excellence’ Medical Library is to provide the information services and access to bibliographic and full text digital and printed resources in the field of mental health meeting the scholarly and informational needs of the institute. The library provides physical and intellectual access to information, consistent with the current and upcoming educational and research programmes of the institute.

A major development in the Institute has been the construction of the modern three storied Ibn Sina Central Library. The total floor area of this newly constructed library is 2525 square meters. It provides a wide range of current, accurate and authoritative information from a vast selection of print and electronic resources using state-of–the art technology. The library collection focuses primarily on psychiatry, psychology, neurosciences, psychiatric social work and psychiatric nursing. Apart from subjects related to mental health, there are ample resources in internal medicine, surgery and many other medical disciplines. The collection of the library includes books, Journals, weekly magazines, newspapers, VHS, VCDs, reports, dissertations, theses, WHO publications, microfilms, atlas and electronic databases regarded asone of the richest collection of its kind in the country. It has some rare collection of reference materials dating back from pre independent (1910) and onwards. It has collection of nearly 55,000 books, bound volumes of journals and WHO publication. Nearly 2000 books from different world wide publishers have added every year to make the library collection richer. The library currently subscribes 318 printed journals and has access of almost more than 2000 journals by using different platforms such as ScienceDirect, Wiley’s Online Library, Ovid SP, Cambridge Online, Springer Link etc. Library is also a member of the ERMED – India consortia which is run by National Medical Library; New Delhi. ERMED provides full text access of almost 1800 journal on its platform.

The library has been using KOHA, an integrated Library Management Software package for library housekeeping operations. All the holdings of the library have been indexed and RFID tagged. The users can search the database by using OPAC online from any computer in the institute LAN and from anywhere of the world by using Web OPAC as usual. All the holding of the library holdings by using Bio-Metric system based self issue KIOSK and also help in findings is any books on the self by using handheld reader RFISD tags also helps in library’s self-management and security of the library holdings.

Services provided to patrons include not only lending library material but also photocopying facilities, document delivery, user guiding services, reference services, display of new arrivals and current awareness services.The library has a dedicated reprography section and microfilm reader and scanner. The library has a computer room for its users and has two 10 megabits per second (Mbps) leased line internet connections from Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Rail Tel Corporation of India (RailTel) apart from a 2 Mbps broadband connection. Also, library patrons can access the internet on their own laptops through a Wi-Fi connection provided in the library. There are closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in the library and plans are in place to increase the library personnel so that the library can remain open for a longer time. There is also a proposal to declare the Ibn Sina Central Library as a national centre for information in mental health and neurosciences.The library has an e-mail reference service. Users can make enquiries at The Librarian monitors the e-mail “box” on a daily basis and responds to e-mail reference enquiries within 24 hours of receipt. Apart from Central Medical library, there is an in-house well stacked library for inpatients with books, magazines and periodicals. Patients are motivated to visit the library and to spend some time reading books and newspapers.