The library was set up with the inception of the college in 1972; however, the full fledged Library came into being in 1978. The Library is an integral part of the institution. The Library supports the aims of the college towards imparting education and providing the latest information to the students for developing their quest for knowledge and self reliance .It is located in the North-East corner of the third floor with two wings working on shift basis. Right hand side wing is the Day section Library which is for Arts and Science students and it remains open at all working days from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm. Left hand side wing is the Evening section Library which is for Commerce and Management students and it remains open at all working days from 1.00 pm to 7.00 pm. Both the wings have Information Display Section, Circulation Desk, Reading Room, Stack Room, Processing Room and Reading Room for its users. The users are mostly students of our college studying degree courses in various disciplines and teaching and non-teaching staff members of the institution.
With the long tradition of collective efforts of the staff members of the library, we have been striving hard to meet the present day demands of our users by rendering various services. We seek to do in a personalized and hospitable environment in spite of some infrastructural limitations.
The library at present provides services mostly through a manual system. However, keeping in mind the present day requirements, we have started the process of automating the services. An INTERNET facility is available to the users. We are progressing towards fuller automation, but not definitely without human touch.
The membership of the library is open to the teachers, students and non-teaching staff members of the college. The outgoing students can keep books up to university examination. The reading facilities are provided to the ex-students of the college.
An ideal college library will be a repository of printed sources and well as electronic sources. Electronic database, On Line Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) helps the users in getting right document/information in the least possible time. Though digital libraries offer enormous opportunities to provide more and more information in various ways and hold greater promise for improving access to seamless information, they merely supplement the traditional resources, but in no way replace the professional services rendered by the human librarian. Thus the necessity of ‘Direct personal aid within the library’ as emphasized by Rabindranath Tagore, S.R. Ranganathan, and many others still remain worthwhile even in this digital era of today and tomorrow and to the best of our effort, we provide a personal library service.
Technical Works :
The books are accessioned serially in different Accession Registers under different heads. The Accession Registers show the overall picture of library collection. Classification and Book number are assigned to each book. For the technical purpose we use the following sources :
Classification : Dewey Decimal Classification (18th Ed.) N.Y.: Forest Press Inc.; 1971.
Cataloguing : AACR II. ed. by M. Gorman & P. W. Winkler. 2nd ed. Chicago: ALA; 1978.
Subject Heading : Sears List of Subject Heading (13th.ed.) N.Y.: H.W.Wilson & Co.; 1986.
Author Mark : A. Cutter’s Alphabetic Order Table ( for English language).
Maintenance of Library Collection :
The books are acquired, processed, shelved and displayed for use.
Preservation of library materials : As of today, no special technique for preservation of documents is followed in the library except periodic dusting and cleaning of books and spraying pesticides. We have started preserving our rare documents in digital form by scanning and preserving them in CDs.
Library Audit : We audit the library purchase of books.
Weeding out of old, torn out books : As a library is a growing organization, in order to make room for new additions, weeding out of old, torn out books of little contemporary relevance or historical value is vital. This is particularly important for an institution like ours. To begin with the task, we have earmarked and made a list of 4403 books for weeding out and are keeping them separately. We hope to begin the process of weeding out very soon.
Services of the Library :
Library orientation : In order to familiarize our students with the library layout; we display a Floor Plan of the library, illustrating the arrangement of book shelves according to subject area. This helps the students in identifying their required materials easily and quickly. We also individually meet the students visiting the library and guiding them in selecting their requisite documents.
Reference Service : The library holds a good collection of reference books and text books on various subjects. A maximum of 3 (three) books are issued at a time to a student for reading purposes. We provide personal services to obtain the required information from various reference sources available in the library or to satisfy any other queries as requested.
Lending Service : The students may borrow 2 (two) books at a time for home use for a period of one month and can renew the same for another month.
Lending Service to the outgoing students : The students appearing at the university examination may borrow books for home use through special library card system and keep the book till the completion of the examination. The students have to deposit the same within one week after the completion of the examination.
Syllabi of different subjects : In the present day of continuously changing frontiers, the syllabi of all subjects have been modified in recent times, in some cases substantially. To serve our readers in a better and fruitful way, we keep the syllabi of different subjects (as followed by our affiliating university).
Question papers of previous examinations : To acquaint the students with the demands made by various university examinations, we keep the question papers of the affiliating university for the users’ study. The questions of previous examinations are very important for study and teaching.
Information Service : To sensitize our users about the current and latest information in respect of various academic courses, ensuing dates of various competitive examinations, admission procedures of important institutions of higher learning, we display the Newspaper clippings of important announcements, information brochures of various academic institutes and other source materials. Information about the forthcoming seminars/workshops organized by the college is also brought to the notice of the students for their participation.
Latest arrivals : To inform the users about our new arrivals, we display the list of new additions along with the jacket of books (if available). Lists of books of renowned and important publishers are kept with us for consultation.
Periodical and Newspaper Service : We also issue periodicals and newspapers to the users for use in the library reading room.
Internet Service : We have internet connectivity in the library and if required, we help the users to search various information sources available in the net. We are also entrusted with the job of making liaison (through e-mail) with other institutes and personnel on behalf of the college. We have the practice of preparing a list of web addresses of important institutes and organizations and bringing it to the notice of the users. The list is updated periodically.
Career Guidance section : It is our common experience that most of the students are of hardly aware of various academic courses, different competitive examinations or other information pertaining to their progression in life. To serve our students in a better way, we have planned to procure books, documents, question papers of various competitive examinations and preserve them separately for use in the library. Our ex students may also be allowed to use these resources for their study. We may also guide our students in selecting the appropriate course by experts in this area through counseling.
Future Plan :
Inter-Institutional Membership: We plan to take membership of British Council Library to enable our students and teachers/non-teaching staff to enjoy the benefits of the resources of a library famous for its varied and large collection.
Digital library: Last but not least, we are hopeful of getting a limited number of on-line subscription of e-journals from UGC through UGC-Infonet Portal and build our own digital library.
Best Practices :
To enhance the academic information environment and usefulness of the library, to create a center of attention of the potential human resources of our college towards library, we try to observe the following practices:
Computerization of the library with standard digital software
Displaying newspaper clippings on the notice board periodically
Career/Employment information service
Internet facilities to different user groups
Displaying new arrivals
Keeping in mind of the inherent limitations of an urban institution in terms of space and time constraint; age old design of the library; burden of the outdated and torn out books and human resources, we are striving hard to provide better services to our potential user community.