about the library

There are 3 delivery desks and 5 reading rooms, virtual reference service in VSMU library. In 2013 the library introduced MARC-SQL version 1.17, which provides comprehensive automation of all technological processes. Students and university teachers have free Internet access. In 2015 the transition to paperless technology. "Electronic reader’s form" (e-form) enables pre-ordering books. In 2013 the library launched the website with virtual reference service "Ask a librarian" (since 2014) and institutional repository (since 2016).

The library's own and licensed information resources form the basis of the information and educational space of the university. The library positions itself as an information center in the field of medicine and pharmacy in the Vitebsk region and promotes the continuing professional education of practitioners in the field.

The library provides its readers with both: traditional and electronic informational resources and services. The library collection outnumbers half a million items of publications and unpublished documents of different kinds; it includes educational, academic, reference literature, fiction, journals and newspapers, collections of research papers, monographs, theses and abstracts, scientific reports, electronic documents.

Electronic informational resources of the library are represented by local databases (include the library's self-created or by participating in corporate projects), licensed electronic libraries and research databases.

The institutional repository cumulates electronic versions of educational and research publications, video lectures, newspapers and journals published at the university.

The library maintains a number of bibliographic databases of its own generation. Also the library takes part in creation of the corporate electronic information resources of BelAR and “The Scientists of Belarus”.

The electronic catalogue of the library is available online. University teachers have the opportunity to work with the “Cataloging” using the Internet. 

In 2020 the "Student eBooks Shelf" was introduced (as part of the "Cataloging" web module) to provide distance learning. It allows students to access in real time the full texts of the publications recommended by the curriculum.

The library has access to the world scientific databases Scopus, Springer, Cochrane Library, Wiley Online Library.

Students, university teachers, students of The Faculty of Advanced Training and Retraining, doctors of the city and the region have access to the electronic library system "Student Consultant", the electronic medical library "Doctor Consultant", the database of legal information "Business-Info". Online access to the European Pharmacopoeia is available for future and current pharmacists.

Readers can use interlibrary loan service for getting the books missing in library collection. Readers can order copies of an article from the journal by electronic document delivery (EDD).

The library releases bibliographic bulletins of the new literature arrivals, bibliographic bulletins of periodicals, bibliographies.

The Rare Book collection exceeds 1000 items, including publications that date back to the second haif of the XIX century. The oldest book of the collection is called “Surgical anatomy charts printed with the permission of His Imperial Majesty Nicholas I” by Ilya Buyalsky. It was published in St. Petersburg in 1852. “Clinical lectures by Professor Zakharin” published in Moscow in 1863.

Since 2020, the library has a photo gallery representing the work of photographers - teachers, staff and students of the university.

Commercial services provided by the library include photocopying, scanning, electronic materials printout.

More than 14000 readers are served annually by all departments of the library. The demand for information resources is about 500,000 items per year. About 900 readers visit the library, website and repository every day.

The library structure includes: service department, acquisition and cataloging department, information and bibliographic department, fund storage department, department of maintenance and development of library information systems and technologies, information and database service sector.

The library has 37.5 staff units. 95% of the library staff have a university degree.

The library has VK and Facebook accounts and Youtube channel.

The library is the coordination and methodological center of the network of medical libraries of the Vitebsk region.

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Address: 210009, Frunze Av., 25, Vitebsk, Republic of Belarus
Tel.: (0212) 33-90-22 (Director), 33-90-34 (Acquisition Department)
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