The Austrian Central Medical Library, Vienna

  • Helmut Leitner


The Medical Faculty Library, University of Vienna, was founded in June 1986. In the beginning, the head office was located in the main university library. In October 1989, the clinical library moved into the then recently completed building of the University Clinics General Hospital. Essentially, the new library’s stock consisted of medical journals and monographs which had been removed from both the main university library’s stack rooms and the main reading room. From 1991, medical services relating to outpatient and inpatient care were continually moved into the General Hospital building and by 1995, all clinics and clinical institutes had been transferred to the new building. The holdings of 45 individual clinics and clinical institutes were set up together in the new Central Medical Library. Only preclinical sciences remained with the decentralised institute libraries. The structure of the Viennese Medical Faculty was adapted to European standards.