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    The Central Scientific Medical Library

    Central Scientific Medical Library 

    The Central Scientific Medical Library of I.M. Sechenov First MSMU dates back to 1919 when the first small sets of books were received. Over the years the Library has evolved into the one of the biggest European centers of scientific medical data.

    Nowadays the Library has at its disposal a unique collection of scientific publications in medicine and healthcare and one of the Russia’s best Centers of Library Information Technologies Development and Introduction.


    The Library is a member of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and takes part in the international exchange of library materials.

    The Library numbers more than 3 million items (more than 1,5 million titles) of Russian and foreign medical books and journals, including scientific works, translations, theses, abstracts, deposit manuscripts, etc.

    Annually the Library is visited by up to 120,000 specialists from Russia, CIS and far-abroad countries at whose disposal there are 5000 m2 of archives, comfortable reading rooms with over 400 places and modern IT service for users. Annual circulation exceeds 400,000.

    Since 1988 the Library has been maintaining the database of medicine and healthcare “Russian Medicine” that comprises over 80% of all published and unpublished materials in the field.


    Being the part of the country’s largest education and clinical center – I.M. Sechenov First MSMU - the Library also carries out research, gives practical help to other libraries, and provides education for medical libraries staff.

    Enter the E-library (Russian version)


    Nakhimovsky ave., 49, Moscow 117997, Russia
    Metro station: Profsoyuznaya
    Tel.: (499)120-21-03
    Fax: (499)128-87-39