The JNU Library is one of the most modern and well-equipped University library holding a place of pride among the university libraries in the country. It is a nine-storey tower building and has a carpet area of about one lakh sq. ft. It is situated in the midst of the academic complex of the University and is the hub of all academic activities of the University. All the reading halls are air-conditioned with full power backup support. Most of the operations of the library have been computerized and the rest are in the process of computerization. Entire library is connected internally through LAN, which is a part of the University Wide Area Network. All the Schools, Centres and important offices of the University are connected to the Library Server. The General Reading Hall in the rear of the Library remains open all the 24 hours of the day. The General Reference Hall and the Text Book Section are kept open upto 12 midnight throughout the year. The Library remains closed only on three National Holidays and Holi festival in a year.
To meet the special needs of the visually challenged students of the University, a special unit appropriately named after Hellen Keller, has been established near the entrance of the library. Kruzwiell, Jaws, MS Homepage Reader and Duxbury Braille Translator etc. are the special softwares being used in this unit. Eight computers with scanners, Speech Softwares, Internet and OPAC facilities have been provided in this unit. Eight computers have been installed exclusively for the use of students for OPAC and Internet browsing in the Readers Service Section of the library.
The library has a total collection of over 5.15 lakhs, which includes books, serials and non-book material etc. The Library subscribes to 793 journals and also receives another 148 journals by way of gift and exchange. The collection is housed subject-wise on different floors under three major streams, viz. Social Sciences, Sciences and Humanities.
Other subject specialized Libraries / Archives
1. EXIM Bank- JNU Economics Library
The library provides the following services to the users :
1. Personalized Reference Service is being provided for each collection at the respective floor.
2. Membership and Issue-Return (Circulation) services are centralized on the ground floor. Barcode technology has been implemented to speed up the issue / return of documents.
3. Inter-library loan facility is available for Delhi and outside Delhi libraries.
4. Textbooks of all disciplines are centralized and kept on the ground floor (Central Hall).
5. The Documentation Section has a database of over 70 thousand articles indexed from the social science periodicals received in the library and search for the article database is available through library OPAC.
6. Card catalogues of different collections are available on respective floors. Computerized Catalogue (OPAC) can be accessed from all the Schools / Centres under University Wide Area Network. Within the library premises, seven computers (PCs) have been installed exclusively for the students in the Reference Hall of the library.
1. Developing Library Network (DELNET) and Information and Library Network (INFLIBNET) services and database records are accessible through WEB-OPAC.
2. The library has a rich collection of over 11.5 lakhs of Press Clippings culled out of 40 English language Indian and International newspapers. It is a unique collection of its kind in the country in the fields of international relations, area studies, social sciences, women studies and education etc.
3. Xerox facility managed by a private operator on nominal payment basis is available in the library.
4. The Hellen Keller Unit for the visually impaired students provides Internet connected Computer Systems with scanning and voice conversion software, for facilitating studies by visually handicapped students. Besides, Braille Printing and Typewriting facilities are also available in the library.
5. The library also provides lockers/seats to Teachers and M.Phil. / Ph.D. students on written request. These seats are provided in the basement hall.
6. General reading room facilities are available to the bonafide users of the library in the General Reading Hall in the rear of the library building where they can bring their personal documents.
7. Reading room facilities are also being provided in the School of International Studies building where newspapers and some journals of importance to the students and faculty of the School are displayed.
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