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Library staff, Library and Information Centre, MU-Plovdiv
Library staff, Library and Information Centre, MU-Plovdiv

About us

The history of the present-day Library and Information Centre dates back to August, 1945 when a university library was established at the time of the foundation of Plovdiv State University.
In June 1950, the two university faculties became independent higher schools – I. P. Pavlov Medical Academy and V. Kolarov Higher Agricultural Institute. The university library was separated and the library at I. P. Pavlov Medical Academy began its own development with a collection of 18 000 volumes.
Today the Library and Information Centre is located on 1 737 square metres comprising one main and four branch libraries. The collection includes over 173 000 library items: books, dissertations and periodicals in Bulgarian and other languages covering all areas of medical science.
The library provides modern infrastructure and facilities. The library services are carried out by an automated library system integrating the newly introduced RFID technology.
The comfortable and functional library environment includes reading rooms, computer labs, doctoral students reading rooms, group study areas and a digitization studio. The libraries provide 375 users seats, 75 of them computer-equipped.
Free Internet access, including wireless connection is provided on the library premises as well as remote access to online resources for registered library users.
The mission of the Library and Information Centre is to support the educational and research activities, the knowledge exchange, cultural development and innovations, to create and develop a relevant library information base and services to meet all the needs of the academic community at the Medical University of Plovdiv.

Structure

Main library
66 Peshtersko shose Blvd.
phone: +359 877172943
Maya Urumova
Director
phone: +359 32 200 659; +359 882512972
Maya.Urumova@mu-plovdiv.bg
Galina Mamarova 
Head of Acquisitions, Cataloguing and Library Collection Management
Galina.Mamarova@mu-plovdiv.bg
Galina Ilieva MD
Chief Librarian
Galina.Ilieva@mu-plovdiv.bg
Tsonka Kostadinova
Chief Librarian
Tsonka.Kostadinova@mu-plovdiv.bg
Ovsanna Yazadzhiyan
Librarian
Ovsanna.Yazadzhiyan@mu-plovdiv.bg
Irina Miteva
Librarian
irina.miteva@mu-plovdiv.bg
Ganka Pencheva
Digitization specialist
ganka.pencheva@mu-plovdiv.bg
Todor Nenov
Digitization specialist
todor.nenov@mu-plovdiv.bg
Branch library on campus
15A Vasil Aprilov Blvd.
phone: + 359 32 200 661; +359 877172940
Nevena Dyakova 
Head of Library and Information Services
Nevena.Dyakova@mu-plovdiv.bg
Dora Edreva
IT Support Specialist
Dora.Edreva@mu-plovdiv.bg
Paola Spasova
Librarian
Paola Spasova@mu-plovdiv.bg
Desislava Samuilova
Librarian
desislava.samuilova@mu-plovdiv.bg
Branch library – Faculty of Dental Medicine
3 Hristo Botev Blvd.
phone: +359 32 200 810; +359 32 200 806
Kornelia Boyadzhieva
Chief Librarian
Kornelia.Boyadjieva@mu-plovdiv.bg
Albena Kalinova DDs
Librarian
Albena.Kalinova@mu-plovdiv.bg
Branch library – Students Residence Halls
2 Tsarevets Street, bl. 2
Atanas Rodozov
Librarian
Atanas.Rodozov@mu-plovdiv.bg
Branch library – Medical College
120 Bratya Buxton Street
Slavka Kehayova
Librarian
Slavka.Kehayova@mu-plovdiv.bg

Activities

The Library and Information Centre provides a wide range of services in the fields of librarianship, subject bibliography, culture, information and training which are carried out by two main functional departments:

Aquisitions, cataloguing and library collection management
Main duties:

  • to create, maintain and preserve a library collection of printed and electronic documents, relevant to the profile of the university;
  • to build and maintain the electronic catalogue;
  • international and national exchange of publications and distribution of the Folia Medica scientific journal (print version) to libraries in Bulgaria and abroad;
  • to digitize valuable books from the library collection aiming at sustainable preservation of literary heritage.
  • Library and information services
    Main duties:

  • to offer a wide range of library resources and information services;
  • to provide individual and group training aimed at developing
  • technology skills and enhancing IT literacy;
  • to examine the needs and satisfaction of the library users.
  • Projects

    Project Competence Centre PERIMED (Personalized Innovative Medicine), Contract № BG05M2OP001-1.002-0005-C 01, Operational Programme “Science and Education for Smart Growth”

    Following the execution of the Competence Centre PERIMED (Personalized Innovative Medicine) project, Contract № BG05M2OP001-1.002-0005-C 01, Operational Programme “Science and Education for Smart Growth”, 25 030,14 levs were invested in 2019/2020 in providing a subscription, incl. remote access to information resources in support of research activities of scientific teams at Medical University of Plovdiv.

    Subscription available to the following online journals:
    Critical Care Clinics, ISSN: 0749-0704 (2021 – 2022)
    Anesthesiology Clinics, ISSN: 1932-2275 (2021 – 2022)
    Current Opinion in Critical Care, ISSN: 1070-5295 (2019 – 2021)
    Current Opinion in Anesthesiology, ISSN: 0952-7907 (2019 – 2020)
    Critical Care Medicine, ISSN: 0090-3493 (2019 – 2020)
    Journal of Drug Targeting, ISSN: 1061-186X (2019)

    Following the execution of the Competence Centre PERIMED (Personalized Innovative Medicine) project, Contract № BG05M2OP001-1.002-0005, in 2020 Medical university of Plovdiv subscribed to the online collection of journals and protocols published by SpringerNature. It will be available on the SpringerLink platform until the end of 2024.

    The collection includes:
    • journals of Springer in the fields of medicine and biomedical & life sciences;
    • protocols of Springer in the following fields: life sciences, biomedicine, medicine, chemistry and pharmacy

    Doctoral Training at Medical University – Plovdiv for Competency, Creativity, Originality, Accomplishment and Academic Excellence in Science and Technologies – 2 (DOCTORANT – 2)

    In pursuance of the project Doctoral Training at Medical University – Plovdiv for Competency, Creativity, Originality, Accomplishment and Academic Excellence in Science and Technologies – 2 (DOCTORANT – 2), contract № BG05M2OP001-2.009-0025, funded by Operational Programme “Science and Education for Smart Growth”, part-financed by the European Union through the Structural and Investment Funds,
    36377,50 levs were invested in 2017/2018 in purchasing information sources to support training and research of the target group participants.

    Outcome:

  • Subscription to online databases MEDLINE Complete and Dentistry & Oral Sciences Source (EBSCO) at the total value of 20 554 levs;
  • Purchase of scientific books in medicine in support of the project research activity – 25 printed and 25 online books at the total value of 14 509,45 levs;
  • Purchase of specialized literature to ensure the activities of the Teaching academy and the Doctoral school – 5 printed and 5 online books at the total value of 1 314,05 levs;
  • Two group training sessions for doctoral students entitled Working with electronically systematized scientific information – database, bibliography/impact factor and citation index, tools of help for the researchers run by library professionals from the Library and Information Centre.

    Printed books
    Online books

    Project Implementation of an accessible, cost-effective infrastructure of the Medical University – Plovdiv by improving the energy efficiency of University buildings and modernizing the Library and Information Center

    The Project № BG161РО001/1.1-07/2009/011 Implementation of an accessible, cost-effective infrastructure of the Medical University – Plovdiv by improving the energy efficiency of University buildings and modernizing the Library and Information Center was announced successfully finished at the closing press conference held on March 20th, 2013 in Auditorium 3 at Medical University of Plovdiv.

    The project value was 2 959 402.68 levs and it was run under the Regional Development operational programme. Over 2.5 million levs were co-funded by the Regional Development Fund of the European Union.

    The project involved construction works aimed at enhancing the energy efficiency of the educational facilities at the Medical college and the four libraries within the structure of the Library and Information Centre – the main library and the branch libraries on campus, at the Medical college and in the Students Residence Halls.

    Outcome:

    An accessible environment was built for all the users of the Library and Information Centre. Equal access to education, resources and services was ensured for readers with mobility and visual impairments. There is a lift, a portable wheelchair platform and three ramps. A computer work station is especially equipped for users with visual impairments.

    The Library and Information Centre has undergone an overall infrastructural and technological modernization, which allows improving the quality of all library and information services. The IT equipment was completely modernized, the computer network was rebuilt, the internet access was extended including wireless connection. Fire alarm system and CCTV control were set up.

    The implementation of RFID technology based on radio-frequency identification ensured increase in circulation and also improved the library services and the efficiency of library security. A digitization studio was created and equipped with a book scanner e-scan Agata, a graphic station and a storage server. The library software Automated Library was upgraded to include new functionalities for visualization and digital items exchange. Software for remote access to online resources and digital archive management was developed.
    Nearly 1.5 million levs were invested in modernizing the Library and Information Centre. The final beneficiaries – Bulgarian and international students, doctoral students, lecturers, specializing physicians, trainees and external users – now have the opportunity to use a wide range of library and information services in a functional, accessible and attractive environment.

    Project Doctoral Training at Medical University – Plovdiv for Competency, Creativity, Originality, Accomplishment and Academic Excellence in Science and Technologies (DOCTORANT)

    In 2013 the amount of 61 124.39 levs was invested within the Project № BG051PO001-3.3.06-0011 Doctoral Training at Medical University – Plovdiv for Competency, Creativity, Originality, Accomplishment and Academic Excellence in Science and Technologies (DOCTORANT), operational programme Human Resources Development 2007-2013 in buying information sources to support training and research of doctoral students at the Medical University of Plovdiv.

    Outcome:
    A two year subscription to the online databases Medline with Full Text, Dentistry & Oral Sciences Source and SpringerLink at the total value of 54 666.76 levs (VAT incl.).

    The library collections were enriched by the acquisition of 20 monographs written by foreign authors in support of the accredited doctoral programmes and purchase of 9 specialized books for the Doctoral Students Library Collection at the total value of 6 457.63 levs.

    Two group trainings for doctoral students entitled Work with systematized electronic scientific information – data bases, Internet, bibliographic reference, scientific libraries were run by library professionals from the Library and Information Centre.

    List of acquired books can be downloaded here.

    Project Developing an effective e-learning system for Public health Master’s degree students

    For the purpose of the project Developing an effective e-learning system for Public health Master’s degree students, grant agreement № BG051PO001-4.3.04-0035, funded by operational programme Human Resources Development 2007-2013 information resources at the total value of 10869.82 levs were purchased.

    Outcome
    7 online journals from the Healhcare Management Collection of Emeraldwere subscribed at the total value of 2030.57 levs.

    32 online books of John Wiley Publishing company, at the total value of 7301.09 levs were purchased as well as 12 books on distant e-learning at the total value of 1538.16 levs.

  • Opening hours

    Library Opening hours
    Main library
    66 Peshtersko shose Blvd.
    Monday – Friday: 
    08:00 – 12:00
    12:30 – 16:30
    Branch library on campus
    15A Vasil Aprilov Blvd.

    Monday – Friday:
    08:00 – 12:00
    12:30 – 16:30

    Branch library – Faculty of Dental Medicine
    3 Hristo Botev Blvd.
    Monday – Friday:
    08:00 – 12:00
    12:30 – 16:30
    Branch library – Medical College
    120 Bratya Buxton Street
    Monday – Friday:
    08:00 – 12:00
    12:30 – 16:30
    Branch library – Students Residence Halls
    2 Tsarevets Street
    Monday – Friday:
    11:00 – 13:00
    13:30 – 19:30
    Saturday:
    10:30 – 13:00
    13:30 – 19:30
    Sunday (summer session only):
    10:30 – 13:00
    13:30 – 19:30

    Contacts

    Medical University of Plovdiv
    Library and Information Centre
    15A Vasil Aprilov Blvd.
    4002 Plovdiv
    email: library@mu-plovdiv.bg

    • Main library, 66 Peshtersko shose Blvd.
    тел. +359 877 172943
    • Branch library on campus, 15A Vasil Aprilov Blvd.
    тел. +359 32 200 661; +359 877 172940
    • Branch library – Faculty of Dental Medicine, 3 Hristo Botev Blvd.
    тел. +359 32 200 810 ; +359 32 200 806
    • Branch library – Medical College, 120 Bratya Buxton Street
    • Branch library – Students Residence Halls, 2 Tsarevets Street