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The National Medical Library’s Electronic Resources in Medicine in India

India has always been keen on efforts to equip its medical professionals with the knowledge they require to deliver the best services. It is for this reason that the country set up the National Medical Library as early as 1966. The facility in New Delhi has been a gem for health professionals.

Embracing the Digital Era

The country has always been alive to technological developments. It has, thus, sought to provide these library services digitally through the Electronic Resources in Medicine (ERMED) program of the National Medical Library.

The project also partners with the Directorate of General Health Services (DGHS) and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW). It has made accessing library information easier for health professionals, delivering services to over 70 institutions across the country. Accessing the library resources remotely is faster and cheaper, as one does not have to travel to New Delhi. Additionally, there are no payments or subscriptions charged to MOHFW members.

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Aims and Benefits

The ERMED Consortium aims to provide answers to medical health professionals' questions instantly and without effort. It also seeks to establish easy archiving of such information.

Among its many benefits is the ease of access, downloads without charges, and decluttering readers' shelves. The availability of customer support is also a big plus.