Saab Memorial Medical Library (SML) is part of the AUB Libraries that also include the Jafet Memorial Library, Engineering and Architecture Library, and the Science and Agriculture Library with its annex, the Farm Library.
SML entered the age of globalization by rendering its services in an effective and quick way to live up to its motto. It is constantly developing its image as a "virtual library", while at the same time retaining its values as a traditional library leading to a "hybrid library".
In 1925, the Medical Library occupied the ground floor of Van Dyck building then the Medical School Building. Before that date in 1867, medical books and periodicals were housed at the University Library in College Hall. In 1975, the Library moved to its present premises, the Saab Medical Library Building, dedicated to the memory of the late Dr. Nicholas Saab after a generous gift from his parents. Dr. Saab graduated from the AUB Medical School in 1959.
Saab Medical Library is ranked as a medium to a large size medical library and it uses the National Library of Medicine (NLM) classification schedule and the NLM Medical Subject Headings (MeSH).
SML strongly emphasizes on training users on "Information Literacy Skills" through both live-classes and Web-based Research Guides.
National Focal Point
Due to SML large and rich collection and its excellent services to various hospitals, medical schools, physicians and researchers through out Lebanon and the Middle East, SML was designated in 1978 by the World Health Organization as the National Focal Point Library for Lebanon.