Library across the years

Library across the years

Establishment by the Jesuits of a Collegium Melitense for the teaching of grammar and humanistic studies - Valletta.

Expulsion of the Jesuits by Grand Master Pinto. Pope Clement XIV authorises the establishment of the former Jesuits’ College as a University of Studies, transferring all its property, including its book collections, to the new institution.

Merger of the University Library with the Biblioteca Publica. This merger had already been highlighted in the University’s Statuto Fondamentale of 1838 which identified the Biblioteca Publica as the main supporter of the University’s teaching programme. 

The University buildings at Valletta, including its small library collection, suffer heavy damage during the blitz of the capital city in World War II.

Appointment of Ġużè Cassar Pullicino as the first professionally qualified librarian, appointment of Library Committee, and ancillary staff.

Inauguration, through Colonial Development & Welfare Funds, of a new library at the University buildings in Valletta. Purchase of stock, and compilation of catalogue.

Setting up of a Medical Library collection; and housing of same at the newly built Medical School in Guardamangia (1963).

Transfer of the Library from its Valletta premises to the new campus at Msida, within an independent block designed by the British firm Norman & Dawburn. Introduction of a Reference section within the Library.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II visits the new Library.

Appointment of Dr Paul Xuereb as University Librarian.

Introduction of Library of Congress classification and establishment of a Melitensia section.

Gradual introduction of automated services supported on Adlib (Databasix) software, and launching (1992) of online catalogue.

Opening of a branch library at the Institute of Health Care at Guardamangia.

Launching of library services at the University Gozo Campus.

Inauguration of an extension to the Main Library building, designed by the Maltese firm England & England, and financed by the Commission for European Communities.

Establishment of branch library services at the Junior College, Msida, catering for pre-University studies in the sciences and arts.

The Library hosts the 25th Annual Conference of LIBER - Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche.

Mr Anthony Mangion is appointed Director of Library Services replacing Dr Paul Xuereb as Librarian on his retirement.

Gradual migration to electronic resources in reference and journal literature.

Merger of the Medical School and the Institute of Health Care libraries under one Health Sciences Library at Mater Dei Hospital.

Upgrading and reconfiguration of Main Library floors in line with the Library’s ethos as an information commons.

The Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) pilot project is initiated.

Migration to new software (Ex Libris-Aleph 500) for the running of reader services and housekeeping routines.This formed part of a project partly financed through European Social Funding.

Re-opening of Library premises at the former University Valletta buildings, to cater for joint masters’ programmes of studies with U.S. and British Universities. Opening of Bighi Branch Library with a specialized collection within the Heritage Malta Offices, Kalkara. Opening of another Branch Library at the Faculty of Arts.

Mr Kevin J. Ellul is appointed as Director of Library Services.

The Library implements RefWorks, an online bibliographic management platform that allows UM users to create a database of references which can be then used to produce complete bibliographies for their dissertations, papers and assignments.

Act VII of 2011 otherwise known as the 'Malta Libraries' Act extends legal deposit rights to the University Library.  

The implementation of HyDi, a one-stop solution that allows users to perform a single search through all the Library's print and online resources.

The Library launches OAR@UM, the UM’s Institutional Repository which aims to collect, preserve and disseminate the intellectual output of the University. 

Migration to ALMA, a cloud-based integrated library management system supported by ExLibris.