The KMC Manipal Health Sciences Library, perhaps the best in the country, is spread over 13,950 sq. metres and can accommodate 1207 students at a time. It provides access to a range of databases on the campus network, e-resources, and OPAC-related access to its vast collection. It has a separate audio-visual room, computer lab, group study area and private study area.

It started as the Central Library in 1953 and later shifted to an independent building at Dr T.M.A Pai Research Centre in 1983. In view of the future academic requirements, the university created SEARCH, the Health Sciences Library with state-of-the-art facilities at manipal.edu building.


  • To acquire, manage, and disseminate health sciences information to students, faculty and research scholars of the constituent health sciences institutions at Manipal.
  • To provide timely, accurate and current information to users for education, teaching and research.
  • To provide information services and access to bibliographic and full text digital and printed resources to support the scholarly and informational needs of the health sciences institutions of Manipal Academy of Higher Education.
  • To support and facilitate the research, learning, teaching and administrative activities of the university by organizing, maintaining and providing access to appropriate literature and information resources in such a way as to provide optimum benefit for library users.
  • To provide an appropriate and comfortable environment and facilities for the use of library services and for individual and group study.



(a)        Layout and floor area: 13,950 Sqmtrs

(b)        Reading Rooms: 7

(i)                 No.:-

(a)                for U.G.: 4

(b)                for P.G.: 2

(c)                for Staff: 1


(ii)       In each accommodation :

(a)                for U.G.: 867

(b)                for P.G.: 290

(c)                 for Staff : 50


(c)        Working hours :

           8.30 AM to 11.30 PM on all days

           8.30 AM to 4.30 PM on Ganesh Chaturthi, Vijaya Dashami & Deepavali.


(d)       No. of shifts:  2

(e)        No. of Books:                                  

            (i)     Text & Reference: 45572


(f)        No. of Journals Subscribed annually: 349

            (i)         Indian- 101

            (ii)        Foreign -  248

(g)        No. of Journals actually received annually (Year 2015, as on 14.10.2015): 322

            (i)         Indian- 81

            (ii)        Foreign- 241

(h)        No. of Journals with back Numbers:  688 (titles)

            (i)         Indian- 108

            (ii)        Foreign- 580


(i)         No. of  books purchased during the last 3 years: 3668

  1st Year- 1412

  2nd Yea- 1289

  3rd Year- 967


(J)        Staff with designation:






Dr. Shivananda Bhat K.

Senior Librarian


Dr. Mahabaleshwara Rao

Senior Librarian


Mrs. Leelavathi N.

Librarian (Senior Scale)


Mr. Shivashankar H.A.



Mrs. Suneetha Bai B.

Asst. Librarian


Mrs. Bharathi T.

Asst. Librarian


Mr. Sampath Kumar

Asst. Librarian


Miss Saritha

Asst. Librarian


Miss Poornima Takoor

Asst. Librarian


Mr. Lokesh Devadiga

Sr. Systems Operator


Mr. Trivikram Rao

Senior Clerk


Mrs. Prathibha S.

Senior Clerk


Mr. Jayaram Achar K.R.



Mr. Suresh Shanbhog

Senior Library Assistant


Mr. Sathish Nayak

Senior Library Assistant


Mr. Bhaskara Poojary

Senior Library Assistant


Mr. Haridas Prabhu

Senior Library Assistant


Mrs. Jayanthi Shettigar

Senior Library Assistant


Mrs. Shailaja Patil

Senior Library Assistant


Mrs. Shyamala Prabhu

Senior Library Assistant


Mr. Manjunatha Prabhu

Library Assistant-II


Mr. Nalinaksha Kamath

Library Assistant-II


Mrs. Sandhya

Library Assistant-II


Mrs. Shakunthala Nayak

Library Assistant-II


Mr. Rajaram Takore

Library Assistant-II


Mr. Panduranga Nayak

Library Assistant-II


Mr. Girish

Library Assistant-I


Mrs. Jayalaxmi

Library Assistant-I


Mr. Vivek Shenoy

Library Assistant-I


Mr. Jayakara Poojary

Library Assistant-I


Mr. Dinesh Kini

Library Assistant-I


Mr. Sudhakara Poojary

Library Assistant-I


Mrs. Shakunthala C. Naik

Library Assistant-I


Mr. Sudhakar Prabhu

Library Assistant-I


Mr. Nagaraj Devadiga

Library Assistant-I


Mr. Muralidhara Prabhu

Library Assistant-I


Mr. Suresh Naik

Library Assistant-I


Mrs. Suneetha Wagle

Library Assistant-I


Mrs. Malathi Nayak

Library Assistant-I


Mr. Ravindra Nayak

Library Assistant-I


Mr. Radhakrishna Patil G.

Sr. General Duty Worker


Mr. Gopala

Sr. General Duty Worker


Miss Janaki

General Duty Worker-II


Mrs. Shakunthala

General Duty Worker-II


Mr. Sudharma Shettigar

General Duty Worker-II










Mrs. Asha

General Duty Worker-II


Mr. Harish B.

General Duty Worker-II


Mr. Raju Devadiga

General Duty Worker-II


Mr. Jagadisha Naik

Sr. House Keeping Staff


Mrs. Jayamma

Sr. House Keeping Staff


Mrs. Sumithra Naik

Sr. House Keeping Staff


(K)             System of Cataloguing :  EPAC (Electronic Public Access catalogue)


(L)              Details of facilities available like Medlar, Internet, T. V., V. C. R., Xerox & Microfilm reading.

Medlar, Internet, T. V., V. C. R., Xerox & Microfilm reading available

Whether these areas are air-conditioned? : Yes. Fully air-conditioned


Library e-Resources

SEARCH - The Health Sciences Library provides access to the following e-resources (online full-text databases, online journals of various publishers, e-books, etc.).

1.      ProQuest Health and Medical Complete

Users in academic libraries can find definitive research information in ProQuest Health and Medical Complete. The database has over 2600 titles. The database includes all charts, diagrams, graphs, tables, photos and other graphical elements essential to medical research. The journals cover all major clinical and healthcare disciplines including cardiovascular diseases, Paediatrics, neurology, respiratory diseases, dentistry, anaesthesiology and others. Titles include:

  The New England Journal of Medicine

  The Lancet

  Journal of the National Cancer Institute

  Journal of Clinical Investigation

  American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

  The American Journal of Psychiatry


  Canadian Medical Association. Journal; CMAJ


  American Journal of Public Health

2.      J-Gate (Portal with Largest Number of Biomedical Sciences e-journals)

J-Gate is an electronic gateway to global e-journal literature. Launched in 2001 by Informatics India Limited, J-Gate provides seamless access to millions of journal articles available online. It presently has a massive database of journal literature, indexed from 10000+ biomedical sciences e-journals with links to full text at publisher sites.  Users of the product can search for and find articles, journals and authors using a simple and easy to use interface.  Search can be limited to their library’s subscriptions or their favorite set of journals. Prominent features of J-Gate Plus are:

  •   A metadata aggregation platform indexing 10000+ biomedical sciences journals
  •   Search interface allows users to limit the search of articles from
  •   All journals in the database
  •   Only library subscribed journals or full-text journals in J-Gate Plus
  •   favorite journals of users (pre-set by users)

3.      Scopus

Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed research literature with more than 20,500 titles from more than 5,000 international publishers. Scopus offers researchers a quick, easy and comprehensive resource to support their research needs in the scientific, technical, medical and social sciences fields and arts and humanities.

Scopus at-a-glance:

19,500 peer-reviewed journals (including 1,900 Open Access journals)

400 trade publications

360 book series

“Articles-in-Press” from over 3,850 journals

Provides 100% Medline coverage

49 million records:

28 million records back to 1996 (of which 78% include citing and cited references)

21 million records pre-1996 which go back as far as 1823 (abstracts are included where available, but these do not include cited references)

5.3 million conference papers from proceedings and journals

Approximately 2 million new records are added each year via daily updates

4.      Web of Science:


Web of Science™ provides researchers, administrators, faculty and students with quick, powerful access to the world's leading citation databases. Authoritative, multidisciplinary content covers over 12,000 of the highest impact journals worldwide, including Open Access journals and over 150,000 conference proceedings. Current and retrospective coverage in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, with coverage to 1900 is available.

5.      Journal Citation Reports (JCR):

Journal Citation Reports® is a comprehensive and unique resource that allows evaluating and comparing journals using citation data drawn from over 11,000 scholarly and technical journals from more than 3,300 publishers in over 80 countries. It is the only source of citation data on journals, and includes virtually all areas of science, technology, and social sciences. Journal Citation Reports can show the:

Most frequently cited journals in a field

Highest impact journals in a field

Largest journals in a field

Citation and article counts are important indicators of how frequently current researchers are using individual journals. By tabulating and aggregating citation and article counts, JCR offers a unique perspective for journal evaluation and comparison.

6.      Science Direct (Health Sciences Collection):

Science Direct is one of the largest online collections of published scientific research in the world.  Science Direct, now offers over a quarter of the world's STM (Science, Technical and Medical) articles integrated with a growing range of authoritative books, including reference works, handbooks and book series.  Library has a subscription over 200 Science Direct (Health Sciences Collection) journals.

7.      CINAHL Plus with Full Text:

CINAHL Plus with Full Text is the world's most comprehensive nursing and allied health research database, providing full text for more than 770 journals indexed in CINAHL®. The database also provides full text for more than 275 books/monographs. With full-text coverage dating back to 1937, CINAHL Plus with Full Text is the definitive research tool for all areas of nursing and allied health literature.

CINAHL Plus with Full Text also provides indexing for more than 4,600 journals from the fields of nursing and allied health. The database contains more than 2.8 million records dating back to 1981. Offering complete coverage of English-language nursing journals and publications from the National League for Nursing and the American Nurses' Association, CINAHL covers nursing, biomedicine, health sciences librarianship, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health and 17 allied health disciplines. In addition, this database offers access to health care books, nursing dissertations, selected conference proceedings, standards of practice, educational software, audio-visuals and book chapters. Searchable cited references for more than 1,350 journals are also included.

8.      Cochrane Library Online:

It is the best single source of reliable evidence about the effects of health care.  It contains all existing systematic reviews plus increasingly wider range of new updated reviews.  It supports free text searching of all its contents, as well as keyword searching and the sophisticated software allows users to edit and save search strategies, download records and print easily.

9.      UpToDate – Clinical Information Resource:

UpToDate is an evidence-based, physician-authored clinical decision support resource which clinicians trust to make the right point-of-care decisions. It is one of the most widely used clinical information resources in the world. It provides continuously updated, evidence-based information, an intuitive user interface and powerful features that enable physicians to make diagnoses, create plans and share information quickly and efficiently.  With UpToDate, physicians can answer questions quickly, increase their clinical knowledge and improve patient care. More than 5,100 world-renowned physician authors, editors and peer reviewers use a rigorous editorial process to synthesize the most recent medical information into trusted, evidence-based recommendations that are proven to improve patient care and quality. More than 600,000 clinicians in 149 countries and almost 90% of academic medical centres in the United States rely on UpToDate to provide the best care.

UpToDate continues to be the only knowledge resource that has proven ability to upgrade Medical Knowledge and also has direct association to Patient Outcomes:

ü  Enhances medical knowledge acquisition and retention

ü  Improvement in quality of care, efficiency, patient safety

ü  Reduction in medical complications and adverse effects, length of hospitalization and mortality

10.  AccessMedicine

AccessMedicine from McGraw-Hill Medical is a comprehensive online medical resource that provides a complete spectrum of knowledge from the best minds in medicine, with essential information.

AccessMedicine from McGraw-Hill is an innovative online resource that provides students, residents, clinicians, researchers and all health professionals with access to more than 80 leading medical titles (books) from the best minds in medicine, updates, thousands of images and illustrations, Q&A, interactive self-assessment, case files, diagnostic tools, a comprehensive search platform and the ability to download content to a mobile device

AccessMedicine provides medical students with a variety of resources needed to excel in basic science studies and clerkships; helps residents, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants with instant access to videos, self-assessment, and leading medical textbooks that facilitate decision-making at the point-of-care; enables faculty to create, track, and report their student's progress through a curriculum tool that eases workflow; and allows practicing physicians to brush up on their medical knowledge to ensure the best patient outcome.

Leading medical textbooks– More than 85 references help students and residents succeed throughout their medical education, including the latest editions of the world’s most respected medical texts such as, Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine and CURRENT Medical Diagnosis & Treatment.

Extensive multimedia library– A unique collection of more than 250 examination and procedural videos, patient safety modules, audio files, and animations that feature complicated concepts presented in terms students can understand are available, including videos illustrating fundamental medical concepts drawn from the world’s most trusted medical textbook, Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine.

Differential Diagnosis Tool– Connect to more than 1,000 diagnoses through Diagnosaurus®, a downloadable McGraw-Hill Medical tool, that saves time by allowing to browse by symptom, disease, or organ system at the point of care.

11.  SpringerLink

SpringerLink providing access to millions of scientific documents from journals, books, series, protocols and reference works.  It is a comprehensive online collection of medical journals, books and reference works.  Health Sciences Library has access to 653 journals and 8,724 books via SpringerLink

12.  SciFinder

SciFinder is a research discovery application that provides unlimited access to the world's most comprehensive and authoritative source of references, substances and reactions in chemistry and related sciences. SciFinder offers a one-stop shop experience with flexible search and discover options based on user input and workflow. You can search for substances, reactions, and patent and journal references anytime, anywhere.

  • Make better, more confident decisions knowing that you have access to the largest collection of substances, reactions, and patent and journal references produced, compiled, and updated daily by CAS scientists around the world.
  • Save time with an array of powerful tools to search, filter, analyse and plan that allow you to quickly find the most relevant answers to your research questions.

13.  BMJ Best Practice:

BMJ Best Practice provide latest research evidence, guidelines and expert opinion – presented in a step-by-step approach, covering prevention, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis.

14.  BMJ Case Reports:

BMJ Case Reports delivers a focused, peer-reviewed, valuable collection of cases in all disciplines so that healthcare professionals, researchers and others can easily find clinically important information on common and rare conditions.

15.  Online Journal of Various Publishers:

Library is providing access to more than 500 online journals of various publishers, such as BMJ, Cambridge University Press, Karger, Lippincott, Medknow, Nature, Oxford University Press, Sage, Springer, Taylor and Francis, Theime, Wiley-Blackwell, etc.  

Users could access all above online databases/online journals through the desktop computers provided in the internet kiosks/computer lab of the library (Level – I to Level IV) or any computer on the campus through library web site  or through ERMSS Users can browse more than 3000 online journals in intranet environment.


Library Web Site

The microsite of the library acts as a single-window providing information and links to all its resources and services.  All digital resources were brought together and grouped under seven broad categories i.e. library access, online databases/e-journals, e-books, bibliographic databases, important links, other links and search engines for smooth navigation.

Library web site could be accessed through Manipal Academy of Higher Education intranet portal http://muportal/ or directly through

ERMSS (e-Resources Management and Search Solution) Software

ERMSS (e-Resources Management and Search Solutions) is a customized e-resources management and search solution to manage and provide search on subscribed titles of e-resources (e-journals, e-books and online databases) of the Health Sciences Library, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal. The scope of the ERMSS is to make available all e - resources of the Library to its end-users.

ERMSS is a comprehensive search solution which has parameterized search functionalities. It can perform search on titles of e-resources (e-journals, e-books and online databases) integrated with the solutions which provides integrated and mapped results from e-resources. User can access the e-resources and its content from anywhere anyplace through Intranet. This solution provides the linking of all the titles of e-resources (e-journals, e-books and online databases) subscribed by the Health Sciences Library as well as open access e-resources.  In this solution A-Z listing has been done for all e-resources.

ERMSS is an effective management and search tool for the information seekers like faculty members, researchers and students. One can access one or all the e-resources (e-journals, e-books and online databases) in the same interface by using various search parameters. They can easily view, access and search within all the e-resources with the same interface. When a user makes a request in the software it would look for the answer in all the e-resources be it online databases, e-books, e-journals and open access resources. The user will then get the appropriate answer to his/her request made. It manages the content under the pool of resources and provides desired search results.


Customize and Integrated search services for all the titles of e-resources (e-journals, e-books and online databases)

Search Features - Basic, Advanced and Subject search, Parametric and Boolean search

Users can search on a single e-resource and on multiple e-resources at the same time

A-Z listing of all e-resources

Benefits to the Users

An easy to use tool to search the e-resources subscribed and available in the Library

Customized link to subscribed e-resources

Alphabetical listing keep e-resources from overlooked

Browsing and searching with simplest and advanced technology for better results

ERMSS could be accessed through Library web page or directly through


EZProxy Remote Login Access to Subscribed e-Resources

Access to e-resources subscribed by the library has also been provided for off-campus users. Borrower card holders of KMC Health Sciences Library, Manipal are eligible to apply for off campus remote access to e-resources. All registered library users, staying outside the campus can access library e-resource remotely with username and URL provided by the library. For remote access link, users have to fill up EZProxy remote access requisition form and submit to the library for allotting username and URL.Username and password will be issued by the KMC Health Sciences Library via e-mail for the eligible users. To access e-resource when off-campus, user has to open one's browser using ‘URL, username and password’, it link to the micro site or webpage of the library.


EPAC (Electronic Public Access Catalogue)

This is Public Access Catalogue of Health Sciences Library.  Users can search all the print resources (books, journals, back volumes of journals, WHO publications, etc.) of the Health Sciences Library and other libraries of Manipal Academy of Higher Education through Library’s online catalogue– the EPAC (Electronic Public Access Catalogue).

EPAC could be accessed through Library web page or directly through


Library Services

SEARCH - The Health Sciences Library provides the following value added services to its users in addition to all routine type of services.

·Reference Service:

Reference service is a personal aid provided to the user by the library staff in interpreting library collection for study and research. The library staff assists the user to locate needed information from the available information resources. On the basis of collection, library provides reference service to its users.

·Current Awareness Service:

Currently the library offers the following current awareness services to the users.

-  By telephone calls

-  Display of new additions in the library

-  Publishing of “new acquisition” in library microsite


The books are issued to Interns, Postgraduate Students, Research Scholars and Faculty Members. Bound/unbound journals, audio-visual materials and CD-ROMs are for in-house use only.


Through this service, users can get photocopies of articles from journals and books as and when required.


Users can avail this facility for sending and receiving fax in the library.

·Audio-Video Viewing:

Through this service, library provides audio and video cassettes, slide-tape programs etc. (with audio and viewing facilities).

·Inter - Library Loan/Document Delivery:

Library helps to obtain photocopies of the references from DELNET (Developing Library Network), New Delhi, National Medical Library, New Delhi and from other libraries. Further, the library augments its collection by acquiring reading materials not available for the use of its Faculty Members and Research Scholars and Postgraduate Students from several out-side sources on an inter-library loan basis.

·Computer Services:

The computer lab of the library offers computer services to users such as word processing, laser printing, colour laser printing, dot matrix printing and document scanning.  Further, services provided by the lab also include assisting the students and faculty members for editing projects/thesis, setting the file to the required quality of print and printing.

·CD-ROM Access:

The CD-ROM collection of the library contains the CDs and multimedia CDs, bibliographical databases and full-text databases. Full-text databases include back volumes of medical journal articles, review articles, textbooks, etc.

·Internet Access/Wi-Fi:

The Library has a separate “Internet Browsing” section. Twenty-nine [29] desktop computers are reserved for use of the students, six [6] for the faculty members and six [6] for the postgraduate students. Also, twenty-one [21] desktop computers are reserved for use of the students for accessing e-resources subscribed by the library in all the internet kiosks provided at Level I –IV reading halls. Further, Wi-Fi facility also available in all the reading halls.

·E-Learning Centre:

Manipal Academy of Higher Education has brought for students a unique learning experience – online education over 1400 hours of e-Learning content for first two years of Medicine in the year 2005. Now students can learn at their pace, in a manner that suits their unique learning style. The courses provide one with lively, interactive, multi-sensory learning, combining the simplicity of classroom learning with a powerful visual medium that captures one’s imagination. This is a whole new realm of educational experience.

·Library Memberships:

The library has an institutional member of the following.

DELNET Online:

DELNET Online (Developing Library Network, New Delhi) provides access to Union Catalogues and other health sciences related databases to Member Libraries.

British Council:

British Council, Chennai provides access to online resources such as online library customer services, self-development modules like communicating effectively, developing as a manager etc., English language modules from University of Southampton, access to “Learn English Professionals” website offering vocabulary development exercises, grammar movies, IELTS practice materials, specialists’ English and more, access to “management express” website offering short articles, focused reports and newsletters on management and leadership skills  can be accessed through British Council Online.

The American Library, Chennai:

The American Library, Chennai provides reference, information services for the member libraries.  Further, library could borrow books and video cassettes from this Centre.



Dr. Shivananda Bhat 
Senior Librarian and In-charge
Health Sciences Library
Kasturba Medical College
Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal – 576 104, INDIA
Telephone +91820 2922358
Fax +91820 2570061
e-mail: lib.kmc@manipal.edu




Contact Numbers

Library Administration


0820 2922358



0820 2922612

Books (Print and Online)


0820 2922612



0820 2922609  

Online Databases/Online Journals


0820 2922609

Document Delivery and Inter-Library Loan


 0820 2922609

 Library Network


 0820 2922436

 Help Desk 


 0820 2922979