About the participating libraries

NTNU and the Medicine and health library

The Medicine and health library (BMH) is a joint project between the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and Sør-Trøndelag University College (HIST). The project was initiated by the Ministry of Education and Research in 2009, objectives were to establish a seamless library to support new technologies and new forms of learning, and a library that deliver better and more efficient services to all of the user groups. The library opened in 2013 and is located in the Knowledge Center at St. Olavs Hospital. The library has 300 study places, 12 group study rooms, and several computers with NTNU or HiST login. Some of the group study rooms are also available after library opening hours. The NTNU part of BMH is responsible for providing services to 3000 students and 11000 staff members at NTNU and St. Olavs Hospital. The library has 18 employees, 8 student assistants and 5 oracles (ITC-support by and for students). The NTNU part of BMH is a section of the NTNU University Library.

NTNU – Knowledge for a better world
The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is Norway’s primary institution for educating the nation’s future engineers and scientists. The university also has strong programs in the social sciences, teacher education, the arts and humanities, medicine, architecture and fine art. The Faculty’s research and teaching activities cover most disciplines in the field of medicine, and hosts two Centres of Excellence. Professors May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser have been awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain. In the academic year 2014/2015 there are about 350 master’s degree students, 250 bachelor’s degree students, 720 medical students and more than 500 attending other courses and further education programs at the Faculty of Medicine.



Founded in 1425, UCL (Université catholique de Louvain) today welcomes students from 120 nationalities, as regular students and as exchange students. UCL is located on six campuses (Louvain-la-Neuve, Brussels-Woluwe, Brussels-St-Gilles, Mons, Tournai, and Charleroi). The Faculty of Medicine is located in Bruxelles Woluwe (commune of Woluwe-Saint-Lambert) near the Cliniques universitaires Saint-Luc.

UCL is a comprehensive university and a research intensive institution, with a particular care for the quality of education. The teaching language is French. However, most faculties also offer some courses in English. At Ph.D. level, in a number of doctoral schools, the working language is English.

The Library of the Health Sciences (BSS) is one of the 9 main section libraries at UCL. It collaborates with other to develop library services and collections. BSS particularly deserves:

  • 3 faculties: medicine and dentistry, pharmacy and biomedical sciences, and public health;
  • 5 research institutes: De Duve institute (named after Christian de Duve, 1974 Nobel prize in physiology or medicine for his discovery of the lysosome), institute of neuroscience, institute of experimental and clinical research, institute of health and society, and Louvain Drug Research Institute;
  • this is: about 6000 medical students, and 760 academic and research personnel.


UEF Library & KUH Library

The UEF (University of Eastern Finland) Library is a public scientific library offering library and information services especially for the university’s 3000 staff members and 15 000 students, but is a open to all information searchers. As one single administrative entity the UEF library comprises the campus libraries in Joensuu, Kuopio and Savonlinna, and the Kuopio University Hospital Medical Library.

The collections and expertise of the multidisciplinary library follow the strategy of the university. The library’s resources include electronic and printed materials. The library organizes information retrieval courses, handles the university’s electronic publishing activities, and is one of the six legal deposit libraries in Finland and a European Documentation Centre.

Situated in the main building (Puijo) of the Kuopio University Hospital, the KUH Medical Library is the university’s medical and health science library that also serves as a professional library for the hospital staff. The library aims to acquire all Finnish literature relating to medicine and health sciences as well as the most central international literature in the fields. In addition to being a part of the UEF Library, the KUH Medical Library takes care of the journal, database and book acquisitions of the hospital, offers tailored information skills training and personal guidance for the hospital staff and controls the quality of the bibliographic data in the hospital’s publications register.

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