The library of the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) in Antwerp specialises in literature on the following subjects: tropical medicine and international health, epidemiology, infectious and parasitic diseases, microbiology (bacteriology, virology, mycology), parasitology (protozoology, helminthology), medical entomology, tropical nutrition, tropical veterinary medicine and animal husbandry.
Its main collection consists of some 30,000 printed books and several thousands of e-books, and about 10,000 current journal subscriptions – most of which in digital format, available via this website on a 24/7 basis. User services include internal and external document delivery and various bibliographic and bibliometric activities.
The library is open to ITM staff and ITM students. Other qualified people can also make use of the library facilities, provided they first contact the librarian. External visitors are requested to register at the reception desk at the main entrance of the institute.
The library covers the upper floor of the central wing of the ITM building. The entrance is situated on the fourth floor, and can be reached using the elevator or the stairs at the side of the parking lot.
To the right of the entrance are situated the service desk, the library administration area and the photocopying room. To the left of the entrance you’ll find the main books and journal collections and the institutional computer lab. At the back there a meeting room and a small group study room.
The vast majority of the library collections are displayed in open access: periodicals are arranged in alphabetical order and books by subject (Barnard classification).
When items are not readily available in open access, this is listed in the respective catalogs (ITG Book and Document Holdings and ITG Serial Holdings. A printed periodicals catalog is also available for consultation. An electronic PDF version is freely downloadable from our website.
Books are arranged systematically by subject (see: Barnard classification of books). An alphabetical listing of subjects can be found on the posters next to the computers, left to the entrance.
Books can be taken from the shelves freely, but should be left on a reshelving table after reading!
Journals are arranged alphabetically by titles. Recent print issues are kept in the photocopy room until they are bound. Each journal box displays the most recent issue, while the other issues are stored behind the (movable) board.
After reading, please put the issues back in their exact places, or leave them on a reshelving table!
Bibliographic and abstract journals, as well as a selection of core tropical medicine journals are kept in a separate section along the left wall. They are arranged per general subject category. These journals can be consulted freely at the adjoining reading bar. Afterwards, please put them back in their proper places.
Older books, journals of minor importance or incomplete volumes, reports, dissertations, and a number of other publications are kept in a closed store room. They must be asked for at the service desk. Other books may be present in one of the research departments and should be consulted in these departments or requested for consultation inside the library. Locations outside the main reading room are clearly indicated in the books database and the journals catalog.
Meeting and Group Study Rooms
These rooms can be used for group study (priority) or quiet self-study. For group study making reservations at the counter is advised. One room can hold 10 persons, the other just 4.
Please close the doors when you use these rooms for teaching or discussion.