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The Medical Branch Library is a branch library of the University and State Library of Münster and was established in 1993 as the central medical library of the University of Münster. It is primarily open to its primary customers - students, physicians and scientists of the Medical Faculty and all employees of the University Hospital.

In accordance with the ULB's regional library mandate, the library also supplies the city and the surrounding area with medical literature. Its customers include individuals such as patients, people interested in medicine, healthcare professionals and resident doctors, as well as public authorities and companies. The use of the library is free of charge.

The Medical Branch Library, one of the largest medical libraries in North Rhine-Westphalia, provides free access to over 65,000 books and 1,600 online-journals. About 5,000 new books are acquired each year. All medical books and journals can be obtained worldwide via electronic interlibrary loan channels. The library offers a total of 450 workplaces, 10 of which are designed for PC use, 40 group workplaces, a modern training room and Wi-Fi.

Mission Statement

The main task is to offer services and information products for members of medical institutions to facilitate their work and help them achieve their goals. The available resources are used economically and efficiently.

Library Commission

At its meeting on 31 January 2012, the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Medicine appointed a Library Commission at the suggestion of the Dean's Office. Its task is to develop a proposal for a solution to the problem of immense cost increases for journals in view of a limited library budget.

Library Advisory Board

Since 2007, the Medical Branch Library has been advised by an advisory board. Permanent members of the advisory board are the Dean of Studies, one representative each from the human medicine and dental medicine student bodies, as well as the head of the ZB Med and the head of the easystudium team. Representatives of the lecturers and the semester cohorts are appointed by the library. The advisory board meets twice a year, at the beginning of each semester.

Acquisition profile

The Medical Branch Library acquires the widest possible range of medical books in German language and selected Anglo-American key publications. The reference collection provides a selection of compendiums, dictionaries and encyclopedias. Multiple copies of borrowable textbooks are part of the textbook collection.

If you would like to recommend a book for the library to purchase, please complete this order form [de].
In case of journal requests [de] please read the information on this subject.

If you would like to donate books or journals to the Medical Branch Library, please read our information on the donation of literature [de].