KNOW YOUR LIBRARY
The Central Library started growing since February 2008 in a rented premises having floor area of about 1000 sq. ft. Presently, it occupies more than 9000 sq. ft. capable of accommodating about 70, 000/ books. University right from its inception has a priority to build up a good university library. University library is considered as the heart as well as index of all academic activities of the institution. The mandate to strengthen the collection and improve the services is one of the important agendas of the university. Though, being a newly established library of only about 8 years old, housed in a rented building, functioning with minimum staff strength of 12 persons is comparable to any other old university library of the country so far as modernization and infrastructure facilities are concerned. The concept of modern library implies the adoption of new technologies to multiply and simplify the services to the utmost satisfaction of the users which the Library has successfully achieved.
It provides web-enabled accessibility to its resources within the campus as well as outside. Up-to-date Online Public Catalogue is web-enabled with the facilities of self-check-out and check-in, on-line reservation, renewal of issued books, recommendations for purchase of books, daily notification of new arrival of books. All collection is RFID tagged to facilitate users to be independent in returning and issue of books. Whole library premises is Wi-Fi enabled with good speed of connectivity. For security purpose, all the floors of the library are fitted with CCTV with electronic exit gate which prevents any unauthorized document to be taken from the library.
Collection Initiative: The first priority of a new University library is to develop a good library collection meeting the information needs of its 32 academic departments. At present, library has achieved the target of 45,000 books. It subscribes to more than 240 journals in addition to the e-resources available under UGC consortium. The Library also has a small collection of 1178 Braille books. This was in addition to e-resources available under UGC-Infonet which provides access to over 7000 e-resources. To supplement these resources, the Library also subscribes to IndiaStat database, Economic Outlook (CMIE) and DelCON (database of Department of Biotechnology, Library Consortium), IEEE database on Computer applications. Library has a proposal to subscribe more e-resources during the year 2016-17. Library also has been getting free trial access to various e-books and other e-resources from time to time for evaluation and to assess the usability of these resources. Library organized book exhibition during the month of May, 2015 in which many publishers participated. The selection was made mainly from the publications of Academic Press, Taylor and Francis, Springers, Oxford University Press, etc. The costs of the recommended books comes to over Rs. 2 Cr.
Special Collection and Donated Books: Prof A.C. Sinha, former Professor of Sociology, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong, has donated his whole collection which includes rich collection on North-East including Nepal and Bhutan. The collection also includes PhD theses submitted in various Universities. Some of the rare documents on Sikkim and Himalayan studies are being digitized to strengthen the digital resources on North East. Prof. Mahendra P. Lama former VC of this University and the present VC Prof T B Subba also have donated good number of books to the library. Similar efforts are being made to enrich the collection from other donors. Library received 317 books as gratis from other sources during 2014-15. Library has also developed special collection on North East India in print as well as in digital format.
Library server has not been accessible from the departments which are distantly located from the Central Library. Now all the departments have been connected to the server of Central Library by using optical fiber cabling which may considerably promote the usage of e-resources. Library during the subsequent years will enrich its collection of e-resources.