The Medical Library collection consists of approximately 40,000 (Generally circulated) books and periodicals. Six to seven hundred books are added to the collection through purchases and donations each year. The collection covers all aspects of Medical Sciences. New books that are added to the collection are displayed near the counter. All books are categorized as in follows;
These are given on loan for one-week period to undergraduates in the faculty.
This collection consists of important textbooks which are in short supply. Books in this collection are given on loan for overnight and weekend use.
This collection has Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, Handbooks, Pharmacopoeias, past Question Papers, Dissertations etc,. A Special Collection of Sri Lankan Medical Literature is also available. These books are available for reference only. Books that are in great demand are kept at the central counter for in-house reference.
1. Sri Lanka Collection
The collection consists of Sri Lanka medical literature. Books written by Sri Lankan authors, books on medical and health, related to Sri Lanka, government publications, research theses etc. are deposited in this collection. This is on closed access and services are provided mainly for the academic staff and the research workers.
2. WHO Collection
The medical library acts as a depository library for WHO publications. The collection consists of WHO guidelines, reports, assessments, text books, statistics, atlases, manuals, etc.
3. Module Collection
Modules collection consists of important reading materials that are prepared by staff members in the faculty for use of students within premises.
Books arranged in the Library
Universal Decimal Classification (UDC) System is followed up with the special library i.e. for medicine. The library has already changed manual catalogue to computerized library catalogue using library management system software - ALICE for windows. Open Access Catalogue (OPAC) is available for users.
The medical library is the first library which was fully automated in 2006 using ALICE for windows, in Sri Lanka. Electronic Security System was also implemented to the library under IRQUE project in 2015.