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 ABOUT THE LIBRARY

The Medical Research Library of Brooklyn can trace its origins back to the Hoagland Laboratory in 1845. When SUNY Downstate Medical Center was founded in 1962, the Medical Society of the County of Kings joined with SUNY to create one of the largest medical collections in the nation at that time - over 250,000 volumes. Currently the Library provides access to about 4000 electronic journals and 356 electronic books. Additionally, access is provided to 113 electronic databases. The collection also includes 388,320 printed journal volumes and 67,078 printed books.

The service departments of the Medical Research Library include: Evidence Based Medicine, Expert Searching, Collection Management, Technical Services, Access Services (Circulation, Interlibrary Loan, and Photocopying), Learning Resource Services (Learning Resource Center, Classroom Scheduling and Audio-Visual Delivery), Library Systems, Reference, Special Collections and Archives, and Administration.

The library provides services to the College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Health-Related Professions, School of Graduate Studies, School of Public Health, University Hospital, Graduate Medical Education, Administration, and Researchers.


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