The library collection consists of mainly materials on Health and Biomedical Sciences. It emphasizes the collection of current medical literature in the form of periodicals, journals and bibliographic sources in printed, microforms and CD-ROM materials, journals and other periodicals acquire through subscription and as gifts. During the year, CBL subscribed 3 weekly publications and 3 monthly publications in hard copy and totally received 136 copies and 7 CD-ROMs. During 2009, 164 books and 2974 journals in loose issues were collected and the total collection of books at CBL was 17172 and the total collection of bound journals at CBL was 17,196.
In 2009, 38 new members registered out of which 26 were non-DMR staff. During the reported year, 739 books and 849 journals were loaned out, of which 464 books and 331 journals were borrowed by non-DMR staff. A total of 1074 readers used the library, of which 529 readers were non-DMR staff. Interlibrary loan facility was also provided with other medical libraries.
Internet, CD-ROMs and online bibliographic search services are available in CBL/DMR-LM. Library users are allowed to use computer for self searching. Library databases (holding list of books, periodical, theses, index of medical journals articles and research papers etc.) are provided through CBL Webpage. CD-ROMs bibliographic search services such as; MEDLINE, POPLINE and PROQUEST are also provided. HINARI Website can be accessed from internet and it provides to the full text of medical journals with 950 titles. Total number of searches were 347 internet (DMR - 297 + non-DMR - 50), 530 HINARI and 620 ISIS.
CBL served as the WHO Depository Library for Myanmar since 1995. During 2009, the library received as gift of 155 non-serials and 37 serials copies of WHO publications. Loan and bibliographic search of WHO publications (manual and web page access to WHOLIS; SEALIS, etc.) is provided.