St. Paul’s hospital was established in July 1947 GC around the old regional bus terminal with the intent to help the underserved and poor people who could not afford medical expenses. Later in 1969, a new hospital building was constructed in its present site by Emperor Haile Selassie I in collaboration with the German Evangelical Church. After serving as a hospital for 60 years, a medical college opened during the Ethiopian millennium celebration in 2007 Gregorian Calendar, named St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College (SPHMMC).
St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College Library is established in 2007 Gregorian Calendar and organized in its present form in 2014 Gregorian Calendar merging three small libraries that were found at different campuses and an internal renovation work was done in 2018 GC. The Library is one of the academic units established to serve the teaching, learning, research and clinical activities of SPHMMC by providing relevant and appropriate high level medical information services. Located at the academic building from 2nd to 4th floor, the library is serving the college community on a 24/7 basis.
As per its mission statement, the library is paying attention on enhancing access to the knowledge base of the health sciences by acquiring and organizing a specialized collection of resources, empowering learners, educators, researchers and health professionals to search and actively use the collection independent of user location and mode of access by effective integration of technology for information retrieval and management envisioned to be a model to other hospitals and health science libraries in the country.
Information resources which the learners and faculty could utilize to enhance the teaching, learning, research and clinical performance include both printed and electronic formats such as textbooks, journals, indexes, abstracts, newspapers and magazines, CD-ROM databases and online databases. We believe that the advent of Internet access in the library which facilitate speedy and easy access to unlimited information from different sources has clearly helped to transform the level of access by users. Now, there is abundant opportunity in terms of availability of information resources to all library patrons including the senior specialists.