Welcome to the Medical Library
Information about the library, opening hours and contact
The library offers:
- Books and journals
- Work areas with access to Wi-Fi and electricity
- Course room with 24 computers (can be used as quiet work area)
- Six group study rooms: These are now a part of UiB's system for room booking.
- Help from librarians
You find us in the building for biological basal subjects (BBB).
We can help you finding your way around the library, with search for relevant literature, citing and referencing. You are welcome to ask us about borrowing and ordering books and articles.
Borrow books at the circulation desk or at the self-service by the copying room. You can find your requested books at the self-service when they are ready for pick-up.
More about borrowing books
Return books at the circulation desk or at the self-service, or at one of the library's return lockers (by the library main entrance and at the hospital's footbrigde to BBB).
Find books on the shelf
Printed books within medicine and dentistry are shelved according to the National Library of Medicine (NLM) system. A combination of letters and numbers specifies the book's subject. The classes QS-QZ comprise preclinical sciences and W-WZ medicine and related subjects. Non-medical books are shelved according to a similar system (Library of Congress (LC)), with subject classes from A to Z.
The books are shelved alphabetically from A to Q (LC) and from QS to WZ (NLM), and with an ascending numerical code. That means you will find books on the same subject next to each other.
On the book's spine: NLM-/LC-code + 3 letters (book's author or title)
On shelf side walls: Overview of the NLM-classes and their codes
This shelf list displays where the books are placed at the library.
If you are missing a relevant book in our collection, you can suggest it for purchase.
Overview of classes in the NLM system:
QS Human Anatomy
|WJ Urogenital System|
|QT Physiology||WK Endocrine System|
|QU Biochemistry. Cell Biology and Genetics||WL Nervous System|
|QV Pharmacology||WM Psychiatry|
|QW Microbiology and Immunology||WN Radiology. Diagnostic Imaging|
|QX Parasitology||WO Surgery|
|QY Clinical Laboratory Pathology||WP Gynecology|
|QZ Pathology||WQ Obstetrics|
|W General Medicine. Health Professions||WR Dermatology|
|WA Public Health||WS Pediatrics|
|WB Practice of Medicine||WT Geriatrics. Chronic Disease|
|WC Communicable Diseases||WU Dentistry. Oral Surgery|
|WD Disorders of Systemic,Metabolic or Environmental Origin, etc.||WV Otolaryngology|
|WE Musculoskeletal System||WW Ophthalmology|
|WF Respiratory System||WX Hospitals and Other Health Facilities|
|WG Cardiovascular System||WY Nursing|
|WH Hemic and Lymphatic Systems||WZ History of Medicine. Medical Miscellany|
|WI Digestive System|
Help and guidance at the library
Can't find the literature you are looking for?
Do you have questions about EndNote or reference lists?
We can help you! Ask at the circulation desk, send an email or call 55 58 66 77.
It is also possible to book guidance sessions for literature search.
Read more about courses and guidance at the Medical Library