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History

Mahidol University Library and Information Center has her foundation on the Library Division and located at Siriraj Medical Library building. The Medical School Library at Siriraj Hospital had its origin in 1925. After the Medical School had been developed into the University of Medical Sciences in 1943 and then to Mahidol University in 1969, the Medical School Library was served as the Central Library of the university. Being a section in the Division of Academic Affairs for years, the library was formed into the Library Division in the Office of the University President in 1977.

Related to the establishment of the university, Mahidol University Library and Information Center (MULIC) has her foundation from the Medical school library at Siriraj Hospital. The library had its origin in 1925 and served as the central library of the university located at Siriraj Medical Library Building, Bangkok Noi Campus while each faculties had their own special libraries.
In order to organize all libraries for improving standardization of library operation and services as well as sharing library resources, MU developed the centralized library administration system in 1986 under the name of Mahidol University Library and Information Center (MULIC) in which the office of the Director and the central library move to locate at the MULIC building at the Salaya Campus.
The MULIC then comprised of 16 faculty libraries located at Bangkok Noi, Phayathai and Salaya campuses and were central supported for resources and services. Through the application of the Innovative Integrated System for library automation in 1990, MU Library system grew substantially with strong collections on health sciences and life sciences resources and become one of Thailand’s major academic libraries.
Objectives
The main objective is to build up adequate information resources in supporting the university faculties, research institutes, and developmental centers. The other objective is to develop a capability to serve the information needs in the field covered by the university's academic and research programs on the basis of sharing resources away the libraries.
Collections
The total collection consists of about 583,874 titles of monographs, about 1,200 printed journals, 17,052 electronic journals, 24,527 e-books and a number of non-printed materials. Libraries have valuable materials in specific subject areas reference collection, reserve collection, theses/dissertation collection, research collection, journal collection, and educational technology collection are available in libraries. Many libraries has its own special collection, such as the H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Music Collection at the Central Library, the Prince Mahidol Collection at Siriraj Medical Library, and the Thai Nursing Museum at the Faculty of Nursing., etc.

The library catalog can be retrieved through the Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) via MULIC's web page at its URL of http://www.li.mahidol.ac.th

Information Services
The followings are many types of services provided at almost every libraries :
Online Public Access Catalog Reference service
Circulation service Reserve materials
Interlibrary loan and document delivery service Photocopying service
Online searching service Library Orientation and Bibliographic Instruction
Library training Audiovisual resources service
 
National and Regional Activities
As major resources of MULIC are in medical sciences and related subject areas, the center is appointed to be the coordinating body of some networks.

1. ThaiNATIS Medical Associated Center

In 1986 the Cabinet officially approved the establishment of the Thailand National Information System (THAINATIS)

Mahidol University Library and Information Center is one of the six co-ordinated centers of the Thai National System. There are 11 participating libraries with strong collections in the medical and related subjects in the network.


2. Health Literature, Library and Information Service (HELLIS)

The network covers the countries of WHO Southeast Asia Region : Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Korea, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The objectives of HELLIS Network is to make better use of the existing resources in the countries, the information resources in other countries of the region and in other regions. MULIC was designated to be HELLIS National Focal Point.


updated : october 21, 2010