Electronic Resources in Medicine (ERMED-India) Consortium, Managed by National Medical Library, New Delhi, India
An initiative of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MOH & FW), Government of India
The library was initially conceived as departmental library having a small collection of books for the use of officers of the erstwhile Directorate General of Indian Medical Services (DGIMS). The DGIMS was later merged with the Office of the Public Health Commissioner in India in 1947 to form the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) and the library became DGHS Library. Realizing the need for a Central Library to support academic, research and clinical work of Biomedical Professionals in the country, the DGHS library was developed gradually and declared as Central Medical Library in 1961 and as the National Medical Library on 1st April 1966. Later it came to have its own campus near AIIMS, New Delhi in July 1971.
The National Medical Library aims to provide wide and efficient library and information services to the health science (HS) professionals in India. It functions under the administrative control of the Directorate General of Health Services.
  • NML is a part of the Directorate General of Health Services which is an attached office of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India.
  • Director (Lib.), NML is functioning as the Head of the Library who reports to Director General of Health Services through a Senior Administrative Grade Level Officer in the Directorate.
The National Medical Library is headed by Dr. K.P. Singh, Director
Dr. Krishan Pal Singh, M.Sc (Zoology), Master in Library & Information Sciences from University of Delhi, and Ph.D. in Library & Information Science from Sambhalpur University, is Director, National Medical library, New Delhi. He was earlier working in Directorate of Extra Mural Research & Intellectual Property Rights (ER&IPR), DRDO, Head Quarter, New Delhi. He has more than 25 years' experience of middle and senior levels library management. His areas of interest are Database Development and Management, Digitization, Library automation, Installation of Security System and Digital Libraries.
Earlier he worked at the National Institute of Immunology (NII), New Delhi, Defense Scientific Information and Documentation Centre (DESIDOC), Delhi as Scientist from 1996-2008 and Chief Librarian, B.B. Dikshit Library, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi from 2008-2012. While working at AIIMS he redesigned and developed the much appreciated state-of-the-art library for medical professionals.
He has contributed scores of articles and research papers published in various journals and conference proceedings. At DESIDOC as Scientist he complied the “Union Catalogue of Periodicals of DRDO Libraries” a ready reference tool for DRDO users. Establishment of Knowledge Centre with its digital library and OPAC at the DRDO Headquarter with all amenities, namely furniture, DRONA & Internet facilities, electronic document supply etc., is his another outstanding work. He is actively engaged in national and international professional association and is currently member of Ranganathan Research Circle (RRC), Indian Library Association (ILA), and Society for Advancement in Library Infor4mation Science (SALIS), Delhi University Library Science Alumni Association, Library Professional Association (LPA), Society for the Library Professional (SLP) and Special Library Association. He has organized several conferences and seminars under the ages of these bodies. His expertise is sought by various organizations like the DRDO, KVS, IGNOU and Govt. of India NCT who have placed him on their panel of experts.
Awards & Recognition (Partial List):
  • BMJ-Conclave 2017 Award
  • Wolters Kluwer Award
  • Wiley Library Award – 2016
  • Indian Library Leaders award – 2014
  • Award for excellence in Library & Information science – 2012
  • Young Librarian award – 2010
The library is organized into following functional units:
  • Book Acquisition
  • Periodical Subscription
  • Technical Processing of Documents
  • Documentation and Reference Service
  • Photocopying Service
  • Binding Section
General Information:
The Library is mainly a reference library in the field of Medical and Allied Sciences led by Dr. K.P. Singh Director. It is open for consultation to the entire Medical, Paramedical and Allied Professions. It has 7.5 lakh volumes of books, reports, bound volume of journals and other literature and adds latest books and serials every year. It also subscribes to 1500 current periodicals. The library has good collection of 19th century literature. Books collection is divided into pre-2000 and 2000-onwards, and is classified according to the Dewey Decimal Classification Scheme. Bound volumes of journals are divided into upto-1990 and post-1990.
The four-storeyed building of the library having a carpet area of about 70 000 sq. ft. is situated near All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, Ring Road, New Delhi.
Mailing Address:
National Medical Library
Directorate General of Health Services
Ansari Nagar, Ring Road
New Delhi-110029
Telephone Nos. : 91-11-26589128 , 26589085
Fax : 91 11 26589489
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