The Central Library of IIT Kharagpur started in a small room of the Institute old Building (Shahid Bhavan) in the year 1951, and moved to its present premises in 1956. Since then, it has grown in size and content to take the present shape. With the developments in computers, microelectronics and communication technologies, the behavioral characteristics of the information seekers have been changing rapidly and the library is trying its best to adapt with the technological advancement. For the last six decades, the library has been the lifeline of the academic activities of the Institute. It is no exaggeration to state that the Central Library of IIT Kharagpur is one of the largest and finest technical libraries in Asia. It has been catering to the needs of the ten thousand students of undergraduates, postgraduates, research scholar, seven hundred faculty members and more than thousand staff members of the 19 departments, 9 centres, 12 schools and 15 research facilities of the Institute.
The Library is well equipped with modem facilities and resources (print and electronic) in the forms of CDROMs, DVD-ROM, online databases, micro-documents, video cassettes, books, journals, patents, standards, theses, reports, etc. It has also developed a full-fledged Digital Library equipped with necessary modem equipment in order to provide various digital mode Library services. Digital Library section of the Central Library has developed an institutional digital repository using open source software DSpace, which preserve the institute's intellectual output for campus wide access and digital preservation for the posterity.Central Library Circulation Counter
The Library routine services have been fully automated using the library database management software ’LibSys’ version 7. It is an integrated Library management software package, with all the required modules for automated library management systems. The Central Library being a core member of INDEST-AICTE Consortium under the aegis of the Ministry of Human Resource and Development provides online access to many important full-text databases in Science and Engineering subjects as well as abstracting database services. The Central Library website, which is developed by open source software namely ’Drupal’, provides online access to all these e-resources. In addition to INDEST-AICTE Consortium e-resources, Central Library, IIT Kharagpur also currently subscribed a good length of e-resources (e-Journals, e-books and e-database). At present, Central Library provides IP based access to 20,664 full-text e-Journals, and 1,22,744 full-text e-books to the users.
The Central Library of IIT Kharagpur is kept open from 8 am to 12 midnight on all the week days and week-end days, except Institute holidays.Library Collection (print and e-resources): The Library is having a collection of more than 3.5 Lakh documents, subscribing about 300 print journals, and providing access to over 40,000 online full- text journals and several abstracting databases. Besides, there are 45,000 e-books. The collection consists of Books, Back-volumes of Periodicals, Theses, Conference Proceedings, Standards, Reports, Microforms, and CD-ROM/DVD-ROM Databases and Audiovisual materials.
The Library has two buildings, the Main Building and the Annex Building. Books, Theses and Standards are kept in the Main Building. Current Periodicals, Bound Journals, CD-ROM/DVD-ROM Databases and lecture of various video courses are kept in the Annexe Building
Central Library remains open from Monday to Sunday
Timing - 8:00 am to 12:00 midnight Circulation remains open from Monday to Friday Timing - 9:00 am to 8:00 pm Circulation remains open during Saturday & Sunday Timing - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm & 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm No late fine collection on Saturday and Sunday During examination time library remains open for 24 hours
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