Welcome to the Albert Cook Library

Word from the Librarian

Alison Albert Cook Library

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to an important contributor to the academic success of the Makerere University College of Health Sciences, the Sir Albert Cook Library. With a sitting capacity of 300, an E-Learning Centre, a PhD Lounge and the Archives, the Library has been able to support students and faculty at the College, as well as researchers in Uganda and beyond.

Albert Cook Library Expert librarians are available in person—and online 24/7—to help assist with papers, exam preparation, and research projects. We're a home away from home, with warm, inviting spaces for all students, faculty and researchers.


About the Library

The development of medical education in Uganda is credited to the early Church Missionary Society and the work of one of its missionaries, Dr. Sir Albert Ruskin Cook (referred to as the Father of Modern Medicine in Uganda), who established Mengo Hospital in 1897. Later in 1924, Dr. Cook established the current Albert Cook Medical Library. When the Faculty of Medicine was established in 1946, this library started catering for medical education.

It was the first health library in Uganda and today it houses the archives of the Sir Albert Cook's original hand-written patient records, personal letters and photographs dating back to 1900. In 1965, the medical library was named after its founder, hence its official name ‘Sir Albert Cook Memorial Library’. It is a branch of Makerere University Library Services and Uganda's major biomedical/health sciences library. 

Opening Hours

Due to the Covid19 pandemic, the Library is currently open from 8.00 am - 5.00 pm Monday to Friday and remains closed on weekends and public holidays.


Our Services

1. Borrowing and Lending services

2. Training

  • Information Literacy
  • Referencing and citation
  • Plagiarism (detection and prevention)
  • Presentation of research findings using PPT
  • Self-archiving using MakIR
  • Self-archiving using MakUD


3. Evidence synthesis

  • Developing the search strategy for systematic reviews and other evidence synthesis methodologies
  • Role of Librarians in Evidence synthesis


4. Software installation

Useful Links

Online catalogue: http://www.makula.mak.ac.ug:8080/?theme=maklib1

Makerere University Library: https://mulib.mak.ac.ug/