History of the Medical Library

The medical library is one of the oldest departments in the hospital. It started as a small medical library which was initially established in 1956. However, in August 1979, the World Health Organisation (W.H.O.) designated the Aro Hospital complex as a collaboration centre for Research and Training in Mental and Neuroscience. The need therefore arose for a medical Library of international standard to meet with the increased tempo of academic activities in the hospital. A new Medical library was completed and commissioned in December, 1992.

Administration of the Medical Library

The general Administration of the Medical Library is headed by a seasoned and professional Medical Librarian: Dr. Oyinade Tomori CLN; she is the Deputy Director, Library and Information Services. She is supported by other professional Librarians, Library Officers and other supportive staff. 

All the Units and sections are administered from the Medical Librarian’s office. The Library Administration handles internal and external administrative and communication matters of the medical library including decision making and implementation, planning, policy making, resource management, supervision and ensuring general discipline of the staff.

Units/Sections of the Library

Readers Service Unit

This section of the library handles the circulation (lending service) and patron records of the library. The Unit ensures that the shelves are in good order for easy access and quick retrieval of information resources. Sub-units under this section include Acquisition, Circulation and Reference section. 

Technical service Unit

This unit involves the maintenance activities of the medical library's collection; these include collection development, cataloging and classification of library materials. Technical services are the infrastructure that enables pleasant user's experience of the library services.


The library hours of operation is as follows; 

Mondays to Fridays: 8am to 6pm

Weekends and Public Holidays: Closed

Medical Library Building

Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Aro, Abeokuta

Ogun state, Nigeria.


Research Assistance?

Telephone: (+234) 80

E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 




Users of the Medical Library can access various subscription databases and online resources.

Find below some of the resources that can be accessed through our e-Library platform. Please note that you may need to contact the Medical Library to obtain login details of resources requiring passwords.

1. Research4Life Platform (HINARI, OARE, AGORA, ARDI, GOALI, CINAHL, Dimensions, Informit, etc) [Login required]

URL: http://www.who.int/hinari/en/

One of the world’s largest collections of academic literature; offered by the leading biomedical publishers; administered by WHO, FAO, UNEP WIPO, etc.


URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/

Comprises more than 26 million citations for biomedical literature; citation from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books; citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.

3. National Science Digital Library

URL: http://nsdl.oercommons.org/

Provides high quality online educational resources for teaching and learning, with current emphasis on the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

4. World Health Organization Institutional Repository for Information Sharing (WHO IRIS)

URL: http://apps.who.int/iris

WHO global digital library; online access to WHO published material.

5. Center for Disease Control and Prevention Stack

URL: https://stacks.cdc.gov/about

CDC Stacks is a free, digital archive of scientific research and literature produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This online archive is composed of curated collections tailored for public health research needs. This repository is retained indefinitely and is available for public health professionals, researchers, as well as the general public.

6. PAHO/WHO Virtual Health Library

URL: https://bvsalud.org/en/

A decentralized and dynamic information-source collection, designed to provide equitable access to scientific knowledge on health. This collection operates as an Internet network of products and services, structured to progressively meet the need for information on health on the part of authorities, administrators, researchers, professors, students, professionals, the media and the general public

7. BioMed Central

URL: http://www.biomedcentral.com/

Over 290 quality peer-reviewed journals in Biology, Clinical Medicine and Health; owned by Springer Nature.


URL: http://www.popline.org/

Comprises world’s reproductive health literature; full Text of Population and Public Health Documents.

9. Cochrane Library [IP Regulated]

URL: http://www.cochranelibrary.com/

Collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making; collection of evidence-based medicine databases covering the effects of interventions in health care.

10. SafetyLit

URL: http://www.safetylit.org/search.htm

Abstracts of doctoral theses, “scholarly” reports and journal articles about injury occurrence and risk factors.

11. AJOL

URL: http://www.ajol.info/

In partnership with hundreds of journals from all over Africa to make research outputs from the continent available to Africans and the rest of the world.

12. DOAJ

URL: http://www.doaj.org/

Thousands of Open Access Journals in various academic disciplines.

13. QScience Highlights

URL: http://qscience.nature.com/

Open access collection of high-quality research and reviews; covers topics in healthcare, engineering and social sciences

14. Entrez – The Life Sciences Search Engine

URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/gquery

Includes PubMed, Nucleotide and Protein Sequences, Protein Structures, Complete Genomes, Taxonomy, OMIM (Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man), and others.

15. NCBI Bookshelf

URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books

Books and documents in life science and healthcare.

16. FastStat

URL: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/Default.htm

Statistics on public health topics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

17. OrangeBook (US FDA)

URL: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cder/ob/default.cfm

Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations.

18. Science Gateway

URL: http://sciencegateway.org/

A directory of links to biomedical science and research journals.

19. AllAfrica

URL: http://www.allafrica.com/

Access to the full text of over 130 African newspapers and magazines, including articles in French. Covers the entire African continent.

20. Open Thesis

URL: http://www.openthesis.org/

A free repository of theses, dissertations, and other academic documents, coupled with powerful search, organization, and collaboration tools.

21. Free Medical Journals

URL: http://www.freemedicaljournals.com/

Promotes access to medical journals over the internet.

22. New England Journal of Medicine

URL: http://www.nejm.org/

Dedicated to bringing physicians the best research and key information at the intersection of biomedical science and clinical practice, and to presenting the information in an understandable and clinically useful format.

23. Africana Periodical Literature

URL: http://www.africabib.org/

Index to articles on a wide range of topics relating to all countries in Africa.   Some of the databases included are: Africana Periodical Literature, African Women’s literature, Women Travelers, Explorers and Missionaries to Africa, AJOL, and the Library of Congress’s Quarterly Index of African Periodical Literature.

World dataBank: World Bank’s Open Data Initiative

URL: http://databank.worldbank.org/data/home.aspx

Offers open and free access to over 2,000 financial, business, health, economic and human development data for more than 200 countries; Access to at least 20 World Bank Group databases, including: World Development Indicators, Global Development Finance, Global Economic Monitor, Actionable Governance Indicators, Doing Business Database, Health, Nutrition and Population Statistics.


Please you may need to contact the Medical Library for login details for any e-resources requiring such.


This e-Journals section provides access to open access journals. For journal suggestion and other inquiries, please contact the Library.


a. American Journal of Psychiatry

URL: https://login.research4life.org/tacsgr0ajp_psychiatryonline_org/issues.aspx?journalid=13

b. Annals of General Psychiatry

URL: https://login.research4life.org/tacsgr0annals-general-psychiatry_biomedcentral_com

c. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health

URL: http://www.capmh.com/

d. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry

URL: https://login.research4life.org/tacsgr0onlinelibrary_wiley_com/loi/10991166

e. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

URL: https://login.research4life.org/tacsgr0onlinelibrary_wiley_com/loi/14697610

f. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry

URL: https://login.research4life.org/tacsgr1www_tandfonline_com/loi/rjfp19

g. Journal of Psychiatry and Law

URL: https://login.research4life.org/tacsgr0journals_sagepub_com/loi/plx

h. Lancet Psychiatry


i. Psychiatry and Clinical Psychopharmacology

URL: https://login.research4life.org/tacsgr0www_tandfonline_com/tbcp

j. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law

URL: https://login.research4life.org/tacsgr1www_tandfonline_com/loi/tppl20

k. World Journal of Biological Psychiatry

URL: https://login.research4life.org/tacsgr1www_tandfonline_com/loi/iwbp20


URL: https://login.research4life.org/tacsgr0extranet_who_int/hinari/en/journal_keyword_search.php?query=neuroscience


Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing

URL: https://login.research4life.org/tacsgr0onlinelibrary_wiley_com/loi/17446171


1. IntechOpen Books

URL: https://www.intechopen.com/books

2. B-ok Books

URL: https://b-ok.org/

3. Google Books

URL: https://books.google.com/

 4. WikiBooks

URL: https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Main_Page

5. Bookboon

URL: https://bookboon.com/


URL: https://www.doabooks.org/

7. Booksee

URL: http://en.booksee.org/


URL: https://login.research4life.org/tacsgr0extranet_who_int/hinari/en/book_keyword_search.php?query=neuroscience


URL: https://login.research4life.org/tacsgr0extranet_who_int/hinari/en/book_keyword_search.php?query=Psychiatry


In addition to the print reference materials in the storage section of the medical library, you can as well make use of the following online reference resources for study and research. Kindly contact the Library for further assistance if need be to obtain login information for resources that require log-in access.

1. Encyclopedia Britannica

URL: https://www.britannica.com/

2. The Merck Index – An encyclopedia of chemicals, drugs, and biologicals.

URL: https://www.rsc.org/merck-index

3. National Library of Medicine

URL: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/

4. Medical Encyclopedia

URL: https://medlineplus.gov/encyclopedia.html

5. Complementary and Alternative Medicine Guide

URL: https://library.fiu.edu/cam/online

6. Drug Notes

URL: https://www.drugs.com/drug_information.html

7. Physician’s Desk Reference (PDR)

URL: http://www.pdr.net/

8. Periodic Table

URL: http://www.chemicool.com/

9. Medical Dictionary

URL: https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical

10. More Dictionary

URL: https://login.research4life.org/tacsgr0extranet_who_int/hinari/en/book_keyword_search.php?query=dictionary

11. More References Sources

URL: https://login.research4life.org/tacsgr0extranet_who_int/hinari/en/browse_reference_source.php


1. African Digital Health Library (ADHL)

African Digital Health Library (ADHL) is a digital library open to all and is guided by our mission to ensure availability and access to knowledge on health and other health related information from the participating countries in Sub Saharan Africa for the benefits of scholars, policy makers, practitioners and the general public.

URL: https://adhl.africa/library/

2. EliScholar (Yale Medicine Thesis Digital Library)

EliScholar is a digital platform for the scholarly output of researchers at Yale University. It promotes discovery and access of their work. EliScholar allows researchers and other interested readers anywhere in the world to learn about and keep up to date with Yale scholarship. 

URL: https://elischolar.library.yale.edu/ymtdl/


What we do

The Medical Library provides prompt, knowledgeable, courteous technology support medical information products and services to the Neuropsychiatric Hospital community; some of the regular services include the following;

Library Orientation

It is important for all the new library users which include Medical students on Psychiatry Nursing posting, Psychiatry Nursing students, Basic General Nursing students on attachment and students of various categories all benefit from the library orientation programme, this is intended to support their educational and personal goals, the programme is designed to teach new library users how to locate the information they need quickly and effectively.

Literature Searching

The Medical Library can deploy her human resources and inter-library cooperation strength to get you any literature you were not able to get on your own for your academic and recreational need. Please reach out to the librarian to submit your literature search request. We will definitely get back to you. Thanks.

Inter-Library Loan

This is a service whereby a particular publication that is not available in this library are borrowed from another similar library for (only) registered users of this medical library for them to use, this is according to the memorandum of understanding between the libraries concerned.

Lending Service

 Books, monographs and other information materials of this medical library may be borrowed by (only) registered staff, students and all other categories of trainee, visiting professors (Medical scientists) and bonafide dependants of the hospital personnel.

Current awareness service

This is carried out to draw the attention of library users to the current information materials in circulation immediately the materials are acquired into the library. 

Other services of the medical library include;





This medical library has branches/Annexes at various locations within the main hospital and Lantoro Annex. They are as follows;

School of Nursing Library

Postgraduate Library 

DATER (Drug Addiction Treatment Education and Research) Library

Lantoro Annex Library