Organisation of Resources

Library catalogue

Catalogue is a key to access the collection of a library. Library catalogue supports searching and locating library materials by using Author’s name, Title, Subject and Keyword. Specimen catalogue card entry is given below:

The Medical Library has currently engaged in computerizing its collection using LIBSYS library software. In addition to card catalogue, presently OPAC facilities are also available.


Classification scheme

The Medical library adopts Dewey Decimal Classification scheme (DDC) to organize the library materials. Books are arranged on the shelves according to the Call number given on the spine label of each book.


  • 174.2               –           Medical ethics
  • 362.1               –           Health services, Health and Social care
  • 362.2               –           Mental Health Services
  • 500                  –           Natural Sciences
  • 570                  –           Life Sciences (Biology)
  • 610                  –           Medical Sciences
  • 610.73             –           Nursing
  • 611                  –           Human Anatomy
  • 612                  –           Human Physiology
  • 612.015           –           Medical Biochemistry
  • 613                  –           Personal Hygiene
  • 614                  –           Public Health
  • 614.1               –           Forensic medicine
  • 614.4               –           Epidemiology
  • 615                  –           Pharmacology
  • 615.1               –           Pharmacy
  • 616                  –           Diseases, Internal medicine, Clinical medicine
  • 616.07             –           Pathology
  • 616.0756         –           Medical Laboratory Technology
  • 616.89             –           Psychiatry
  • 616.9041         –           Medical microbiology
  • 616.96             –           Medical parasitology
  • 617                  –           Surgery
  • 618.1               –           Gynecology
  • 618.2               –           Obstetrics, Midwifery
  • 618.92             –           Pediatrics
  • 618.97             –           Geriatrics
  • 619                  –           Experimental Medicine
  • 660.6               –           Biotechnology

This would help you to find the location of a particular subject of your interest.



The Medical library comprises a collection of 12,000 printed materials, e-resources, periodicals, etc., which are located at various sections in the library.


Permanent Reference section

Scheduled reference sources such as encyclopaedias and dictionaries, handbooks, past examination papers, theses and dissertations, and a number of selected important textbooks are deposited in this section. Important textbooks in this section are marked with green label. Materials in the permanent reference section may not be borrowed.


Reference section

This area contains a collection of important textbooks related to medical undergraduate courses recommended by the Faculty, which can be borrowed for overnight use only.


Lending section (Stack area)

Printed books and materials for additional reading are placed in this section, which can be borrowed for a period of two weeks.


Periodical section

It contains current issues, which are donated periodicals and bound volumes of scholarly journals. Medical library subscribes only e –journals, which can be accessed.  Back issues of periodicals (bound volumes) are kept in the periodical storage and made available on request. Materials in this section are issued only for the purpose of photocopying.

In addition, a few local newspapers (Tamil, English and Sinhala) are also available in this section.


AHS section

This section consists of reference sources, textbooks and other reading materials related to the Allied Health Sciences courses, namely Nursing, Pharmacy, and Medical Laboratory Technology. These materials can be borrowed for overnight use (reference) or for a period of two weeks (stacks).


E-Resources collection

There is also a collection of CD-ROMs, DVDs, E-books and subscribed electronic databases. Students are allowed to use the computers in the Internet cell to access these resources.


WHO collection

Official publications of the World Health Organization are housed in this section and treated as permanent reference sources. Materials in this section are released only for the purpose of photocopying.


PPDS collection

This collection comprises reading materials for the course module Personal Professional Development Stream (PPDS) and materials for leisure reading, which can be borrowed.