Welcome to the Albert Cook Medical Library

We are a gateway to various medical and health resources. The library mission is to meet study, teaching and research information needs for sustainable national and regional development. The library wishes to acknowledge the support received from Development partners and well-wishers worldwide.

The library was established by Dr. Albert Cook in 1924.  Later, when the Faculty of Medicine was established in 1946, the library started serving higher medical education.

The Library houses an archive of the Sir Albert Cooks original hand written patient records dating back to 1900.

In 1965,  the medical library was named after its founder,  hence its official name  ├ö├ç┬úSir Albert Cook Memorial Library├ö├ç├ÿ.  The Medical Library is a branch of Makerere University Library Service.  It is Uganda├ö├ç├ûs major Biomedical/Health Sciences Library.
In 1990,  SatelLife introduced the library to electronic resources using e-mail.  This opened the doors to accessing current literature and facilitating document delivery.



Information for students 

- The Library is open from Monday to Friday from 8.00 am to 9.00 pm, Saturdays from 8.00 am to 4.00 pm, and Sundays from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm. It is closed on public holidays.


-Various information resources are provided both in print and electronic formats. The print resources include textbooks, journals and reports. The Library also houses an archive of the Sir Albert CookÔÇÖs original hand written patient records dating back to 1900.


-The Library also provides access to various online resources such as electronic journal databases, electronic books and the Uganda Scholarly Digital Library (USDL). These resources can be accessible at: http://mulib.mak.ac.ug/acooklib/?page_id=23


-The Library catalogue (MakULA) is both manual and automated, accessible at: http://libis.mak.ac.ug:8000/cgi-bin/gw_46_4_2/chameleon




Research publications  

- The Library compiles the Uganda Health Information Digest, published three times a year.


-Apart from publications by individual Library staff, the Library collects and inputs content in the Digital Library (USDL). This content comprises research done by the College of Health Sciences staff and researchers, conference proceedings and student theses and dissertations




AHILA- Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa (http://www.ahila.org/).



-PHI-Partnership in Health Information - http://www.partnershipsinhealthinformation.org.uk/



-National Library of Medicine - The worldÔÇÖs largest medical library. NLM provides links to PubMed, Medline Plus and several other medical resources.


-Makerere University - Information about Makerere University.



-Makerere University Library - Information about the main library. Access to other electronic resources is available.



-WHO (AIM database) - http://indexmedicus.afro.who.int/



-Yale University (Cushing/Whitney Medical Library) - http://www.med.yale.edu/library/



Development Partners


The library has received support from the following partners:

          o Carnegie Corporation of New York: donation of computers, training, book check system and updating the book collection.

          o DFID/British Council and Kent, Surrey and Sussex Health Libraries and Knowledge Services: equipment (computers, fax, etc), training, staff exchange, rural outreach information services, Document delivery.

          o Dreyfus Health Foundation: has supported the production of the Uganda Health Information Digest since 1997.

          o Partnership in Health Information (PHI): training, staff exchange, Document delivery.

          o SIDA/SAREC: subscription to e-resources, automation of the catalogue, training, LAN

          o NORAD: Administrative computing

          o Forgaty/Case Western Reserve University: subscription to CR-Rom, document delivery, computers, staff exchange, training etc.




Library Services

The library provides the following services:

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    * Loan services

      Books are loaned to library registered users for a period of two weeks. Books can be renewed once. Overdue books are charged at a rate of 1000 Shillings per day, per book. Books on high demand are put on reserve and can only be used within the library. Periodicals, archives, theses and dissertations are reference only.

    * Literature search services

 The library provides a free literature search service from the following medical/health databases (see also e-resources): Library Services

AIDSLINE - Now available via Medline contains AIDS/HIV information.


Cochrane - Contains regularly updated evidence-based healthcare databases.


HINARI - Provides access to free/low cost online access to the major journals in biomedical and related social sciences to local, non-profit institutions in developing coutries.


MEDLINE - World├ö├ç├ûs largest medical health database.


POPLINE - World├ö├ç├ûs largest database of family planning and related health and developmental issues.


PubMed - Contains over 15 million citations from biomedical articles in Medline and life sciences journals.


TALC (Teaching Aid at Low Cost) - Covering various topics.


Topics in International Health - Covers various health topics.


Uganda Health Literature database/African Index Medicus (AIM) - Contains Ugandan health information.


Requests for literature searches can be made on any medical/health topic by hand, post, telephone, fax or e-mail (see contact us).


A minimum fee of 100 Shillings per page printed is charged to cover the cost of paper. Alternatively, search results can be saved on your e-mail account or on a floppy disc to avoid printing charges.


* * Internet and e-mail Services - The computer laboratory is primarily for literature searches. Using the computer laboratory for e-mail services is discouraged. Students are advised to use the Internet kiosks provided by the University faculties.


* Document delivery service - The library├ö├ç├ûs current journal├ö├ç├ûs subscription is low, but it is able to supply full-text journal articles through its partnership programmes. This service takes a period of 2 - 7 days.


Note that HINARI provides some full text journals.

* Selective Dissemination of Information - Library users can select topics of interest which they would like to receive information updates on whenever the medical/health databases are updated. Other pieces of information are disseminated selectively to registered users.

* Current awareness service - New acquisitions of books are listed in the library Accessions List which is distributed widely in Uganda. New journal titles and books are always displayed on the library notice board.


* Photocopying services - A photocopy service is provided at 50 Shillings per page.


* Database of Uganda Health Literature/AIM - The library indexes health literature produced in and on Uganda, particularly the unpublished research papers/reports, workshop/seminar proceedings/reports, dissertations and articles.The indexed literature is then sent to the World Health Organization Regional Officer for Africa, at Brazzaville - Congo for compilation in the AIM database, which is published four times a year.This is important to ensure that Ugandan research is always indexed in the AIM.The database to date has over 1000 entries. Researchers and authors have found it a very useful source of information for literature review, among other things.


Some of AIM database is available at the WHO website, AHILA website, and at the National Inquiry Services Centre (NISC).Researchers, authors and other producers of health literature should endeavour to send copies of their reports or papers to the Medical Library for indexing.


* The Uganda Health Information Digest - A community outreach health Information programme was started in November 1996. The Uganda Health Information Digest improve the accessibility to, utilization of, and ability to share relevant health information by medical and health workers throughout Uganda, particularly those working in isolated and/or of the country with hardly any information support.To achieve this, information/abstracts, from the available national and international databases, journals and other relevant documents, are compiled on identified health information needs and published in a periodical booklet, ├ö├ç├ÿ The Uganda Health Information Digest├ö├ç├ÿ.

The Digest is published three times a year in April, August and December and is distributed throughout the country.



* The East African Medical Bibliography (EAMB) Catalogue

The EAMB catalogue was indexed by the library up until 1977.


It exists in booklet and card form and was produced bi-monthly.


It comprises of periodical and other literature of Eastern African origin, which includes the following countries: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Rwanda and Burundi.



* Training sessions

The library offers training to all first year medical students, and other new users, as a way of introducing them to the library resources and regulations. Periodically, the library carries out training to update its users, both students and staff of the medical school.

Several other traditional services of a Medical Library are also available. Please ask staff for more details.


Quick Links

University links

www.mak.ac.ug Makerere University - Information about Makerere University.

intranet.mak.ac.ug:  Makerere University Intranet - Provides access to webmail for Makerere University staff and students.

www.mulib.mak.ac.ug:  Makerere University Library - Information about the main library. Access to other electronic resources is available.


Other Libraries

British Library - The national library of the United Kingdom. Provides a document delivery service for the Albert Cook Library.

Case Western Reserve University: Cleveland Health Sciences Library - Health sciences library based in America. Provides a document delivery service for the Albert Cook Library.

Health Libraries Network - Collaborative network of health libraries in the south east and south London. Links to databases and resource discovery tools available via this website.

Wellcome Library - The Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. The online catalogue includes some of the Albert Cook collection.



Other Resources

CABI Publishing - Provides high quality health information on human sciences.

National Library of Medicine - The world├ö├ç├ûs largest medical library. Provides links to PubMed, Medline Plus and other medical resources.



E- Resources

The main health/medical e-resources are:

AccessMedicine - collection of books on educational and clinical medicine (Free access to Makerere University, coutersy of Yale University)

AIDSLINE - CD-ROM. Now available via Medline, contains AIDS/HIV information.

Blackwell-Synergy/ Wiley InterScience - Online. Full-text journals available from Blackwell Synergy publishers. Cochrane - Contains regulary updated evidence-based healthcare databases.

E-books - National Library of Medicine. Online. They can be accessed at http://www.netLibrary.com. For login ID and password, ask the Serials Librarian. There is also an open access e-bookshelf developed by the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

EBSCO - collection of online databases of journals and other content. Under the PERii Programme, access is provided to 8 databases (Academic Search Premier, Business Source Premier, ERIC, Master file Premier, Newspaper Source, Health Source Nursing Academic, Health Source Customer Edition, and MEDLINE), which can be searched individually or in groups by selection.

ELIN - Electronic Library Information Navigator. ELIN integrates data from different publishers, databases and e-print open archives using a single user-friendly interface. It provides a range of full text journal articles, databases and journals. Only those that are included in ELIN are accessible.

Free medical books - available, with the access date after publication indicated per book.

Free medical journals - available, with the access date after publication indicated per journal.

HINARI - Online. The WHO has negotiated with leading publishers in medicine/health and over 7200 journals are now accessible online to some developing countries for teaching, research and practice.

MEDLINE - CD-ROM. The world├ö├ç├ûs largest medical health database.

MD Consult - Collection of books and journals. (Free access to Makerere University, coutersy of Yale University)

Ovid - a collection of 1,200 journals, over 500 books, and more than 200 databases.


POPLINE - CD-ROM and Online. World├ö├ç├ûs largest database of family planning and related health and developmental issues.

PubMed - Online. Contains over 15 million citations from biomedical articles in Medline and life sciences journals. In PubMed, other databases like MEDLINE plus can be accessed. This is a goldmine of good health information from the National Library of Medicine. Medline Plus has extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 700 diseases and conditions.
TALC (Teaching Aid at Low Cost) - CD-ROM. covers various topics.

Topics in International Health - CD-ROM. Covers various health topics.


Uganda Health Literature database/African Index Medicus - The WHO and AHILA websites contain some of the information found in the Uganda Health Literature database. A link to the full Uganda Health Literature database will be available in the future.


USDL - The Uganda Scholarly Digital Library is a digital repository of literature about Uganda, launched in 2006 by Makerere University Library


Best Practice (from BMJ Evidence Centre)
http://bestpractice.bmj.com Best Practice combines the latest research evidence from Clinical Evidence with peer reviewed expert opinion and guidelines. Structured around the patient consultation, it covers diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention. Your instant second opinion.


Clinical Evidence (from BMJ Evidence Centre)
http://clinicalevidence.bmj.com Clinical Evidence is one of the worldÔÇÖs most authoritative medical resources for informing treatment decisions and improving patient care.



Can one access ACL website from Internet Cafes?
Answer: Website can be accessed from anywhere within and outside Uganda


What are the opening hours for the library?
Answer: Monday to Friday: 8 am 8 pm (6 pm. during University holidays)

Saturdays: 8 am to 4 pm

Sunday: 9 am to 1pm

Public holiday: Closed


Where does one get the books from after getting Call numbers?
Answer: There is a location part on every bibliographical information, for example, ACM-Reserve means the item is in the Reserve collection of Albert Cook Library.


Do you have current journals?
Answer:We have current journals on- line where access is through pass words got from Library staff. Library subscribes to a few print journals.


How can one order for personal books?
Answer: There is a University Bookshop in Makerere and other Bookshops in town where one can buy books or place orders from.


Where are periodicals located?
Answer: On the upper floor and enquiries can be made from the periodicals officefound on the same level.


Is there a list of all library holdings?
Answer:There is the Online Catalogue which lists all items that have been processed and added to the collection but a lot more of the un-catalogued materials like archives is not yet indexed.


How do external users access library resources?
Answer: Non-university members are categorised as external users in the library. They need to present an introductory letter from their parent organizations, then register with the library as external users. Registration however, depends on how long an external user intends to use the library services. Registration charges are as follows:

US $50 for a period of One Month (Ug. Shs.10,000/= for Ugandans)

US $100 for a period of Three Months

US $150 for a period of Six Months

US $300 for a period of Twelve Months

Payments can be made in US Dollars or Uganda shillings equivalent.

External users can borrow books and use them within the library.




Contact Us

Albert Cook email: acooklib@chs.mak.ac.ug

Ag. Head: rnakalembe@chs.mak.ac.ug

Website: http://chs.mak.ac.ug/acook