Project Description


St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College Library is established in 2007GC.And organized in its present form in 2014 G.C. merging three small libraries that were available at different campuses. It is one of the academic units established to serve the teaching, learning, research and hospital activities of SPHMMC by providing relevant and appropriate high level medical information services.

The library is serving the faculty (academicians), undergraduate, Residents and graduate students, researchers and clinicians on a 24/7 basis including public and religious holidays.  Currently the library is expected to hold a collection of over 14,000 volumes of books, 385 titles of journals, 54 titles of thesis, and around 40 CD.  It has a collection of more than 5000 digitized books and documents across health sciences disciplines. The current seating capacity is 380 users at a time. In addition to this it has a big computer lab organized for undergraduate students, postgraduate students and academic staffs with 150, 40 and 38 iMac computers respectively. A training room with 22 computers that will serve training venue needs of the campus is also available. The library is Located at the new academic building from 2nd to 4th floor.

The library is establishing various service providing sections such as acquisition, circulation, cataloging, reference, Photocopy & Binding, Book store and Digital library sections. A total of twenty-two staffs are serving in various capacities and positions. 

This information brochure is intended to introduce the resources and services of SPHMMC Library for its user community.



To support students, faculty, researchers, and clinicians by providing access to current, authoritative resources that effectively integrate technology to promote best practices.

To enhance access to the knowledge base of the health sciences, instruct users in information retrieval and management techniques, acquire and organize a specialized collection of resources so that the Library became center of excellence and a model for other Ethiopian hospital and health sciences libraries.

Semester: Monday – Sunday 

                      8:00am – 6:00am (24/7)

Public Holidays: Open

    • Registered SPHMMC Regular undergraduate students, Residents & Postgraduate students
    • Academic staffs
    • Administrative Staffs
    • Clinicians at the hospital
    • Guest Researchers, visiting scholars
    • Students from other universities (with permission)
  • Books on medical sciences & related subjects
    • Anatomy, Physiology, biochemistry, pediatrics, radiology, internal medicine, nursing, etc.
  • Periodicals like Journals, Newspapers and Magazines,
  • Reference Materials like Encyclopedia, handbook, dictionaries, atlas, etc.
  • Thesis
  • Open stack Service (including shelving & shelf reading)
  • Circulation service (spot reading, Long term loan, reference service, shelf reading & Shelving),
  • Technical services – Manual & Automated service – (acquisition, cataloguing, classification, binding); and
  • Book store service

Library Automation

The library is using the KOHA Integrated Library System for computerizing its collection and services. The library now have an online public access catalogue searchable from remote terminals using the different bibliographic information (such as Keywords, titles, subject, author, publication date, etc.). The systems provides an automated circulation service; checking status of users’ library services such as loan status, hold status, overdue information, returning date, account information, etc. online is possible. Creating, editing and updating book record online using standard cataloguing format as well as importing cataloguing records from other sources is also an output from the current system. Library users can provide online purchase suggestion for books which are not available in the catalogue. 

Digital Library E-Resources Service

Application of information technology to library has provided wider opportunities in archiving and accessing knowledge in the digitized form besides conservation and preservation of the traditional knowledge. The digital library is now providing an enhanced access to the electronic information sources and hosts digitized books of more than 5000. The users can access the digital content irrespective of time and space boundaries

Other E-Resources

  • E-books and e-journals that can be freely accessed on the Internet from various health databases and gateways on various health topics includes:
    • Consumer Health/Patient Education.
    • HIV/AIDS (databases such as Engender Health: HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections; HIVInSite; HIVInSite/Treatment; Pathology of AIDS (textbook); WHO/Epidemiological Fact Sheets) .
    • Nutrition (databases such as Eldis: Food Security; Emergency Nutrition Network; Standing Committee on Nutrition; Stellenbosch University Nutrition Information Centre).
    • Pharmacology & Prescribing (databases such as Essential Drugs: Practical Guidelines; International Drug Price Indicator Guide; Merck Manuals; WHO Model List of Essential Drugs).
    • Public Health (Emerging Infectious Diseases; Health Library for Disasters; Merck Manuals; Super course: Epidemiology, the Internet and Global Health).
    • Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases (databases and collections such as Evidence-Based Tuberculosis Diagnosis; Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp: links to selected websites; Neglected Tropical Diseases: Targeted Diseases; WHO: Disease Outbreak News).
    • Medpedia.
    • MedlinePlus.
  • The library also have e-journals collection which are licensed and made available by the Library through the Consortium of Ethiopian Academic & Research Libraries (CEARL). These resources are attributed for research, clinical, instructional and related activities of current SPHMMC faculty, staff, students and other authorized users. Copyright Law (including “fair use” principle) and contractual license agreements of the CEARL govern the access, use, and reproduction of these resources. In most of the cases access to e-journals from the consortium is IP based and only on campus access.
  • Research4Life – HINARI Resources
  • HINARI (Health Inter-Network Access to Research Initiatives) was established with the aim of connecting developing world researchers with the international scientific community, to reduce the ‘publishing gap’ and improve the quality of locally produced articles and journals that ultimately improve health status of the community. It is a health information resources portal managed by WHO with public/private partnership and currently holds up to 15,000 journals, 47,000 books and up to 100 other information resources. 5700 registered institutions are using these resources. These resources are accessed at: Besides, it requires institutional user name and password which can be provided by your local library on request. Tailored training program can be arranged for those who use the resources extensively.
  • If you have any questions about the library, please contact the following: 

    • Technical Process (Ms. Meselech H/mariam) Tel. +251911174937
    • Electronic Resources (Ms. Hiwot Abebe) Tel. +251-911197694
    • Anything on the Library (Mr. Alemayehu Bisrat, Director of the Library and Documentation service directorate)
  • Tel. +251-935972800

General Rules and Regulations

  • Disruptive behavior such as loud talking, shouting, and playing of loud music, films, turning ON/OFF electric light switches, plugging & unplugging network cables, using external power dividers and other devices, tearing off library notices, etc. are prohibited.
  • It is a condition that all bags, cases, books, etc. are carried through the Library exit and thus are subject to inspection at the gate. 
  • For reasons of security and to avoid tying up study spaces, bags and other personal possessions should not be left unattended on reading areas. Library staffs can remove personal belongings left on reading tables. The Library has no responsibility in case of damage to or theft of personal property.
  • Appropriate behavior is required in all parts of the Library.  Users of the Library should respect the use of designated silent and quiet study zones. Group work can only take place in rooms assigned for this purpose (if any). 
  • Any person who shall deliberately or maliciously mutilate, deface, tear, write upon, mark, or injure any library material or facility is subject to loss of library privileges temporarily. For serious cases the library transfer the case to appropriate body for disciplinary action within the campus and/or to prosecution under the Ethiopian law.
  • Illegal downloading, gambling, or other illicit activities are not permitted on Library computers. Patrons should understand that all computer activity can be monitored.
  • Eating any food item is prohibited. But non-alcoholic beverages like bottled water are permitted bearing in mind the safety of library materials and the cleanliness of library facilities.
  • Users are required to comply with copyright regulations when photocopying, scanning, photographing, printing or downloading from information resources in print, electronic or any other format.
  • The library facilities, reading areas, computer labs, near exit and entrance areas and library offices are non-smoking environments/smoke free work place. Thus Smoking tobacco, chewing chat, including the use of any psychoactive substances or illicit drugs is not permitted in the library.

Computer Laboratories

Appropriate and primary uses of Library computers include searching of library catalogs, online databases, digitized collections (digital library), accessible e-Journals, E-books and other electronic health information resources. Both wired and wireless networks are available for access to the Internet. The Internet enables the Library to connect electronically to ideas, information and commentary from around the globe and to offer access to many valuable local, national and international resources.

The Internet is an unregulated, worldwide environment. It contains information and opinions that range in scope from reliable and authoritative to controversial or extremely offensive. Some information found on the Internet may NOT be accurate, complete, or current. Users should be aware that the Internet is not a secure medium and must assess the validity of the information found. The Library assumes no responsibility for the security and privacy of online transactions. Besides, the use of the Library’s Internet services for illegal purposes is prohibited, and may result in prosecution.

  • Undergraduate computer Lab located at 2nd floor of the library.
    • 150 iMac computers available for use.
    • Users can search the Greenstone digital library collection for e-books which have around 5000 digital book collection in various disciplines and can also search for other databases for e-journals through the Internet.
  • Postgraduate computer Lab located at the 2nd floor of the library.
    • 40 iMac computers available for use.
  • Staff computer Lab for faculty located at 3rd floor of the library.

40 iMac computers are available for use.

No Name  Position
1 Hiowt Abebe Chife Libarian
2 Abebayehu liksa Shift Head
3 Alehegne Bgashaw Shift Head
4 Aregashe Tadese Library Attendant
5 Aserebebech Mamo Technical Assistant
6 Bizuneshe Urgesa Library Attendant
7 Dawit Abdi Library Worker
8 Dinke Teshome Documentation
9 Erimyas Sintayehu Computer  Lab Assistant
10 Etagegn Girma Library Assistant
11 Frewoyni Yegzaw Library Attendant
12 Gosaye Zaze Library Attendant
13 Haregwoin Damena Library Assistant
14 Hiwo Yehona Photo copier
15 Maseresha Woida Cataloger
16 Matiyase Tanaw Library  Assistant
17 Medanit Girma Documentation
18 Meselach H/Mariam Cataloger
19 Mokonnen Fentaw Library Attendant
20 Muleneh  Amebalu Library Assistant
21 Wogen Wonji Library Assistant