Oliver Obst, Ph.D.
Library Director

Branch Medical Library
University and Regional Library Münster
University of Münster
Albert-Schweitzer-Campus 1, Geb. A11, D-48149 Münster, Germany
Tel.: +49 251 83 58550 / Fax: +49 251 83 52583


Born in Mönchengladbach, Germany, as son of Renate Obst b. Dietzler, Librarian at the Public Library Mönchengladbach, and great grandchild of Fritz Kerlé, President of the German Association of Catholic Booksellers [VKB/KM] von 1922-1928 (so my profession was kind of predestined).


Graduation from High School (Abitur) at Cusanus Gymnasium Erkelenz


Study of Biology at the RWTH Aachen University and the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg. Diploma in the subject areas animal physiology, plant physiology, virology, and computer science.


Diploma thesis at the Institut of Biology III / Plant Physiology on the Host-Parasite-Interaction in the Wheat-Rust Fungus-Model


Civil Service at the Special School for the Physically and Mentally Handicapped, Aachen


Doctoral thesis (Dr.rer.nat.) at the Institute of Physiology of the Medical Faculty of the RWTH Aachen on the Pathophysiological effect of the stress hormones epinephrine und norepinephrine. Assistant Lecturer in Cardiology.


Organisation and handling of clinical studies phase III and IV at the Center of Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Cardiovascular Diseases, Aachen


Traineeship in Library and Information Science at the Polytechnical University for Library Science and Documentation (FHBD) at Cologne. Thesis on the information needs of medical professionals: Medizinische Bibliotheken im elektronischen Zeitalter: Informationsbedürfnisse von „medical professionals“ und ihre Befriedigung


Subject specialist at the University and Regional Library Münster for informatics and chemistry


Director of the Branch Library of Medicine of the ULB Münster. Projects in publishing, marketing, open access, express document delivery, e-books, social media, iPads in education, and the future of the library resp. emerging challenges in librarianship.
1998- Senior Lecturer, Medical Faculty University of Münster
2007 Lectureship in Library and Information Science at the Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman