The COMAHS library, Sierra Leone

The COMAHS ( College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences ) library is presently facing several challenges in endeavouring to adequately satisfy its clientele in the face of inadequate resources. The student population has increased , adding pressure on the library. The present COMAHS library consists of four units located on different sites. The Multidisciplinary Library of the Faculty of Nursing; the Administrative, reference and Lending Library at Connaught Hospital; the Princess Christine Maternity Hospital Library at Fourah Bay Road, Freetown and the Kossoh Town Campus Library.

A new two-storey structure has been constructed at Kossoh Town campus to house a more current and up-to-date collection that will adequately support the learning, teaching and study needs of the college. However, this is yet to be stocked and we therefore need donations of current medical books, equipment, computers and other medical materials.

Goodwill organisations, institutions and individuals have been assisting the library. Recently, a workshop organised by Kanga Schools Project, an organisation formed by Sierra Leonean refugees in Australia and Australian citizens to donate educational materials to learning institutions in Sierra Leone was attended.

Also a two day workshop on Blue Trunk Library project, organised by WHO personnel, was attended and the COMAHS library identified as one centre for the location of a Blue Trunk library.

However, our most pressing need is to automate the library and provide regular internet facility.

Saidu Sesay                        COMAHS Librarian

Freetown                    Sierra Leone

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About nigepalphi

I am a trustee of Partnerships in Health Information. I was librarian of the Health Education Council in London from 1969 to 1972, then librarian of St Mary's Hospital Medical School from 1972 to 2002.
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