Bangalore Medical College & Research Institute is one of the premier reputed Medical College in India, which is established in 1955 by Governmnt of Karnataka. Bangalore Medical College & Research Institute has a century old well-organized, well recognized teaching hospital known as Victoria Hospital established in 1906. Similarly equally recognized teaching hospitals such as Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospitals, Vanivilas Hospitals, Institute of Ophthalmology, Venkateswara Institute of ENT are attached as teaching hospitals to Bangalore Medical College & Research Institute. Bangalore Medical College& Research Institute, Library and Information Centre is located in an independent block which is one of the repositories of medical knowledge and form an integral part of the institution. It is rich in its collection over the past five decades. This Library has a long history, starting with the closed-access of earlier times to the present–day hybrid, digital and Electronic Library that use the latest technology for provision of information through various services. With dedicated Library staff the library is servicing the medical user community with the right medical information at right time. The library has developed the resources and collection that is required for the student community of the institution. Originally, textbooks were simply the teacher’s lecture notes which were often sold lecture by lecture. Even today, many textbooks remain only slightly more than lecture notes. But BMCRI Library recognized the importance of textbooks and reference materials in higher education from inception and is firmly trying to extend the best to its users.
Library Building :
Library and Information Centre has 2,270 Sq ft. of floor area spread over in two floors with provision for textbooks section, reference section, stock area, back volume area, periodical section, dissertation section, audio/video section, reprographic section, computer workstation with internet facility and access to e-resources, Librarian office and technical section and own book reading area.
Library Automation :
We are using TLS (developed by Total IT Solutions, New Delhi) software for automation. We have the following basic modules of this software.
Ancillary Modules :
- Cataloguing System
- Circulation System
- Acquisition System
- Serial Control System
- Article Indexing
- Web OPAC
- Stat. Statistical Usage
The computer center was fully established last year. As per the Government order a Gazetted Officer is nominated as Information Officer. Four old computers are upgraded to Pentium III, and one computer is purchased under APICON fund. The center has its own Internet connection and E-Mail facilities catering to the needs of the faculty members and students.
The college is linked to National Medical Library, New Delhi through computer and it is very useful to have latest journals via E-mail. This is the only Medical College in the State to have this facility.