The library of National College has a vibrant and long history. It started functioning on a modest scale in a Class Room, with just 470 books during the inception of the college in 1919.
Today, the nearly a century old library boasts of a vast collection of books on a wide range of subjects. The massive collection of about 1,00,000 titles including very rare texts is the pride of National College. In addition, the library provides access to 105 national as well as international journals in print as well as online. In tune with the changing times and technology, the library automation programme was initiated in2010 and networking with the Bharatidasan University Library has been completed.
In addition to the conventional sections such as Stacks, Reference, Circulation, Periodicals, Technical Section Thesis and Dissertation, the building houses a large Audio Visual Theatre, spacious Conference Hall, E-Library, Librarian Chamber and Office. In short, library is a communication centre backed by technology.
The A&T section takes care of the systematic compilation of requirements from the departments, Ordering of Books, Accessioning, Classification, Indexing and processing of books .It also develops bibliographic database of books and other resources.
Registration of membership, Issue of bar coded ID cards, Issue and Receipt of books, Collection of dues, and No dues certification are handled by this section. Circulation process is fully automated with barcode technology and web enabled OPAC.
The reference section contains general reference like Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Year books, Directories, Gazetteers, Handbooks, Manuals etc., and subject reference books, books for competitive exams, Career development and personality development. The books are mainly meant for in-house academic reference. A separate collection of research oriented books and books for civil services examinations are also maintained.
It maintains 105 subscribed periodicals, of which 100 are national and 5 are international. The current research information can be accessed through these resources and apart from this; more than 5000 e-journals can be accessed on-line through UGC – NLIST.
A collection of 1,500 thesis are organized and made accessible to the research scholars. Subject wise List of thesis is readily available with the section in-charge for reference.
The Stack room located at the ground floor facilitates safe custody of valuable books. The stack has been well organized, maintained and arranged using latest edition of Dewey decimal classification for easy retrieval.
The library functions between 6.00 a.m to 8.00 p.m on all working days of the college.
Staff and students can borrow and return the library books using their bar coded identity cards. Books will be issued only on presentation of the Identity card bearing the name, number and signature of the student. In case the card is lost, the Librarian should be informed of the fact at once, failing which the owner of the card will be held responsible for the books issued on presentation of that card. A lost card may be replaced with a duplicate.
A student requiring a book for home reading should fill in an application form to be obtained from the Library Assistant and submit it before 9.40 a.m. The Assistant will ordinarily issue the books, if available, between 2.20 p.m and 5.00 p.m.
Readers must, on receiving a book, examine it, and repost to the library assistant any damage found therein. If they fail to do so, they will be held responsible for any damage that may be detected later.
The book should be returned on or before the due date which is marked on the last page of all library books. Failure to return the books in time will entail a fine of Rs.1/- per book per day.
Students are allowed to take two books for U.G and P.G., three books for M.Phil. and five books for Ph.D.
Books can be returned to the library on any day between 9.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
All books must be returned on or before the last date of the academic year or the last date of the examination of the student whichever is later.
Students can make use of the Photocopying facility available in the general library.
An exclusive Audio-Visual facility with internet connectivity is available in the library the students are exhorted to make the best use of the library.
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