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About J R D Tata Memorial Library

The Library of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc.) Bangalore, was established in 1911 and it is one of the first three departments started in the Institute. It is regarded as one of the best scientific and technical libraries in India. Apart from the Main Library it has departmental libraries also. The Library moved in to the present premises in January 1965, built out of grants provided by University Grants Commission (UGC), in commemoration of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the Institute in 1959. In 1995 the library was renamed as "JRD Tata Memorial Library". The National Board for Higher Mathematics(NBHM) has recognized this library as Regional Center for Mathematics for the south region and continued to award a special grant towards subscription of Journals in Mathematics. It is no exaggeration to state that the IISc library is the largest and finest of its kind in this part of the world.

The JRD Tata Memorial Library Annex and Digital Library located opposite NCSI was inaugurated on 12th March 1998 by Mr. Ratan Tata. Some of the library collections like technical reports, standards, patents and theses are located in this building.

The primary mission of the library is to support the educational and research programs of the institute by providing physical and intellectual access to information, consistent with the present and the anticipated educational and research functions of the institute. In accordance with the objectives of the institute, the library aims to develop a comprehensive collection of documents useful for the faculty and the research community of the institute. The secondary mission is, to serve as a resource center for the scholars and scientific community of the country. The collection of the library which includes books, journals, reports, standards and patents is regarded one of the richest collections in the country, in the field of science and technology. This rich and valuable collection built over nine decades has some of the rare reference materials and several important journals. This vast reservoir of knowledge, on a conservative estimate, is worth over Rs. 400 crores. The annual budget of the library is over Rs. 12.00 crores of which subscription towards periodicals alone is about 11.00 crores. The library currently receives over 1500 periodical titles of which 1210 are subscribed while the remaining titles are received as gratis and on exchange basis. In addition, over 10,000 Journals are accessible online due to INDEST Subscription. The total holdings of the library exceeds 4,11,676 documents for details see Statistics.

The library offers services such as Reference Services, Referral Service, User Guidance Service,Cataloging and Classification Service, Circulation Service including Inter Library Loan and Document Delivery Service, Weekly display of recent additions of periodicals and books including E-mail distribution of these lists to users on our mailing list, Bibliographic Service, Photocopy Service etc. Current awareness service is provided comprising regular display of Photocopy copies of articles published by the Institute faculty and students, in various periodicals that are being received in the library. Under the Corporate Membership Facility(CMF), reference alone facility has been extended to Corporate Organizations/ Industries involved in R&D activities. Currently about 200 organizations/industries are availing this facility.

The library has been using the LIBSYS an Integrated Library Management software package with all the modules for the library housekeeping operations. The library Online Catalogue database has more than 1.50 lakh records of books (Bibliographic Information) and information about 1,72,000 back volumes of periodicals. Using LIBSYS OPAC, users can search the Library Online Catalogue by Author, Title, Subject, and keywords. Also, the users can know the latest additions of periodicals and books and the status of a document (whether on shelf or on issue). Reservation of a book can be done Online.


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