SEARCH – The Health Sciences Library, Manipal

Manipal Academy of Higher Education has an excellent Health Sciences Library, perhaps the best among all Health Sciences Libraries in India. The state-of-the-art library stretching over 1.5 lakh square feet on five levels is a domain for information seekers, be it students, faculty or researchers. It has the capacity to accommodate 1300 students at a time. Besides the comfortable seating and reading environment, the library is well equipped with modern facilities such as access to the internet and web resources, including online journals and e-books. The library provides a growing range of online databases on the campus network. Access to e-resources (online databases, online journals and e-books, etc.) subscribed by the library is also available remotely to all the users through the OpenAthens account. OpenAthens – Single Sign-on (SSO) enables the users of the library to access e-resources remotely using their office login credentials.

The library has provided ‘Web-Scale Discovery Service’ (Single Window Search tool) to find relevant information across all library subscribed e-resources, open access resources, library catalogue and MAHE digital repository using the single search box. This tool can search across the library’s all subscribed e-resources the way Google does.

All the library collection and services have been fully automated on modern line using Koha library management software. Users can search all the print resources of the library through the library’s online catalog – the OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue).

The library is enabled with RFID technology, Wi-Fi and security systems with Closed Circuit Television (CCTV). The library is providing various research/project support services like - access to Turnitin (plagiarism check) & Grammarly (online grammar and spelling checker), organizing author workshops, literature search service, and access to bibliographical and citation tools, i.e., Scopus and Web of Science.

The library has the best practices like - organizing information literacy programs, library conferences/workshops, general and subject books exhibitions, Librarians' Day & National Library Week celebrations. There is a separate audio-visual room, computer lab, group study area and private study area in the library. The library has all the facilities for the students to learn. The Health Sciences Library is committed to providing world-class information support to its users.