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
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.