Central Medical Library
Vrazov trg 2, 1000 Ljubljana
pon. - čet. od 8:00 do 19:30; pet. do 15:00

telephone: 01-543-7730
Fax: 01-543-7745

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Brief History of CMK

The idea to establish a medical library goes back to 1919, when the University of Ljubljana was founded. At their meeting on February 20, the Medical Society demanded a complete medical faculty as well as medical library. The Medical Faculty with only 4 semesters was indeed established, while the idea about the library was soon forgotten. The problem was partly solved by the National Library which purchased medical books and saved some seats for medical students.

The Central Medical Library (CMK) was established as late as 1945 after the completion of the Medical Faculty. In 1946, it started work with its basic aim to achieve systematic acquisition, to catalogue, collect and lend biomedical material and literature of related scientific fields.

At first, moderate initial collection consisted of donations by prominent foreign institutions which ceased in 1953. In the same year CMK by itself started to order all the materials centrally including a single copy of foreign periodicals. CMK has gradualy developed into the bigest and the most significant biomedical library in Slovenia.

During the last decade CMK has become a hybrid library where printed and online information sources are equaly represented.

CMK cooperates with numerous Slovenian libraries. The most important foreign cooperators is are US National Library of Medicine, the German Libraries' Consortium and the British Lending Library. In this way CMK provides users with copies of articles that are not available in Slovenia.

The library also serves the Medical Faculty and Slovenian medical community. It provides information resources to the Medical Faculty staff, students, health professionals and numerous researchers.


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