Central to all the university’s activities in academic, research and other fields, the library system provides a service to students and staff that covers all the subjects studied at Tabriz University of Medical Sciences. In addition to various libraries set up in each school and hospital, the university has a Central Library, which was inaugurated in 1987. The library staff are particularly keen to provide a service which emphasises ready access to the resources of the central library, whether books and periodicals, or other material such as microfilms, audiotapes, video-cassettes, compact discs, printers, micrography, slides, learning packages, or national and international databases. In addition, the library provides bibliographic information in medical fields through the use of several databases (such as Medline, Excerptmedica, Biological Abstracts, and Science Citation Index) on a networked CD-ROM system. The on-line circulation system provided by Audio-Visual centre is accessible from terminals within the library and across the university’s computer network. The Central Library is a rich source of books and its collection comprises about 14,000 volumes in the field of medical and related sciences. An important part of this collection contains reference works such as atlases, dictionaries, encyclopedias and bibliographic materials. The Central Library operates 8. am to 8. pm, six days a week.
In addition to the computer facilities available in different faculties of the university, the Computer Service Centre (operating under the office of the Vice-chancellor for Research) offers a wide range of computing facilities for all members of the university in order to support research, teaching and administration. The Centre provides direct Internet connections for all users at the university. The Computer Centre provides short courses for students, academics and employees of the university. The Computer Centre has a substential number of computers for, scientific works and database management.
Language Teaching Centre
The objective of the English Language Centre of the University is to improve the skills of its members, especially those who have been granted scholarships, so that they may gain good level of English for academic purposes. The Centre is equipped with necessary educational resources such as English language learning software and academic materials.
The General Services Office is in charge of staff and students welfare. This office has established two nursery schools for the children of staff and students. It owns a guesthouse in holly city Mashhad to cater for pilgrims visiting the holy city. The office provides transport and services for scientific and recreational expeditions, and for pilgrimages across the country.