Management of the Library Collections

Library Collections

The JU MC Medical Library’s collections are rich, with almost 300,000 volumes, over 300 journal titles, all doctoral and habilitation theses submitted at the Jagiellonian University Medical College, and over 30,000 other non-electronic items including old prints, microfilms, standards, patents, and audiovisual material. Part of them form a Reference Collection (dedicated to student use) and collections of the institute libraries.

Our non-circulating collection of medical books printed between 1900 and 1945 contains almost 10,000 items, including Polish and foreign books.

The digital holdings are represented by varying number of electronic databases, journals and books from the following platforms: Ibuk, Access Medicine, Access Surgery, MyiLibrary, Medicine Complete, Ebrary Academic Complete. Doctoral dissertations submitted from 2004 are accessible in full-text versions in Digital Medical Library.

Accessing the Library eResources is possible both in the University network and outside of it by the proxy-server connection. For details see Remote Access to eResources.



The Online Catalogue of the Jagiellonian University Libraries Collections offers a quick way to search library collections across the University from a single place, ideal for quickly locating a copy of a book or journal. This catalogue covers the following Medical College holdings:

  • all books published after 1998 and a variety of older books, located in the JU MC Medical Library (constantly updated),
  • all current acquisitions (since 2004) located in the JU MC Medical Library and the libraries of institutes and departments,
  • the JU MC Medical Library Reading Room Collection,
  • the Reference Collection dedicated to student use (multiple copies of items),
  • doctoral and habilitation theses submitted at the Jagiellonian University Medical College,
  • collection of medical books printed between 1900 and 1945,
  • Polish and foreign journals (updated),
  • selected eDocuments,
  • Polish and foreign eBooks accessible in the Jagiellonian University network.


The JU MC Medical Library Card Catalogues cover the following collections:

  • books published before 1998, located in the JU MC Medical Library,
  • books published before 2005, located in the libraries of institutes and departments.


NUKAT brings together the catalogues of Polish research and academic libraries. You can discover and locate their holdings in a single search.


KaRo is a distributed search tool designed to perform comprehensive searches in catalogues of about 250 Polish libraries of all types: research, academic, public and others. It functions as an auxiliary tool for the NUKAT catalogue.


In case of any questions, ask the librarian


Classification of Library Collections

The resources of JU MC Medical Library (including the open access book collection in the Books & Journals Reading Room) have been arranged according to the National Library of Medicine (NLM, USA) classification which is used in most medical libraries around the world. Non-medical items have been classified using the Library of Congress schedules (LC, USA).

In accordance with the applicable standards,

  • a unique call number is assigned to each book which enables users to find the required item on a shelf and in the online catalogue,
  • books on similar subjects are shelved close together to aid browsing; their call numbers start with the same code consisting of letter(s) and digit(s) (classification number).

In order to find books on a particular subject in the JU Libraries Online Catalogue, you should type the classification number you need to the “call number” box and select proper location (Medical Library or any of its institute libraries).


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