Document Type : Original Article


1 Ph.D. candidate in Knowledge and Information Sciences, Hamedan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Hamedan, Iran

2 Department of Knowledge and Information Sciences, Hamedan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Hamedan, Iran

3 Assistant Professor, Iranian Research Institute for Information Science and Technology (IranDoc), Tehran, Iran


Purpose: libraries of medical sciences universities have much more diverse goals and services beyond public imagination, so providing services related to information resources is one of the most important challenges facing these organizations.

Methodology: This study is descriptive-analytical based on its purpose, application, and method of providing information. Study used the semi-structured interview method to obtain the factors affecting the provision of health information resources services. Sampling was conducted based on purposeful method and experts’ viewpoints. Researcher-made questionnaire was used to check the factors obtained from 62 central libraries of medical sciences.

Findings: In general, 6 types of services including tools for exploring the online book registration network, selection tools, interlibrary loan, free educational tools, additional book publishing tests and content evaluation determined as health information resource services in specific central libraries and 8 factors of providing services specialized bibliographic review by librarians, services in the form of consultation to users, dissemination and provision of selective information services on Persian and Latin sources, overcoming the weaknesses of librarians without library education, increasing the diversity of medical science library services, using new technologies to compensate for deficiencies and lack of resources, improving the social function of the library as a social institution and various electronic services such as databases and digital resources identified as the factors influencing the provision of health information resources.

Conclusion: Various factors may affect the provision of health information resources services in universities of medical sciences, the most important factors include improving the social functions of libraries.