About Central Library

Special Gallery: The Library sets up gallery of books on special topics from time to time. At present, the topics include (1) History of Science & Technology, and (2) Works of Nobel laureates. The galleries are located in the foyer of the Central Library.

Classical and Contemporary Literature Section: Literature represents a language or a people; culture and tradition. But, literature is more important than just historical or cultural artifact. Literature introduces us to new worlds of experience. We learn about books and literature; we enjoy the comedies and the tragedies of poems, stories, and plays; and we may even grow and evolve through our literary journey with books.

Judging the importance of literature the Central Library has recently introduce a Classical & Contemporary Literature (CCL) Section with a collection of 800 titles in English and different Indian regional languages. Apart from OPAC searching to identify and locate a particular title of the user's interest from CCL Section one printed catalogue is also kept ready in the Section. The book from the Section will be issued for 15 days only.

Display of New Books: Usually every Tuesday new books are displayed near the Library foyer. A list of these new books along with a short write-up on each book is posted on the notice board adjacent to the room and is also circulated via institutes 'g-mail'. A new book may be borrowed once its display period expires.

Indian News Paper Corner: The Library has recently opened an Indian Magazines Comer which is located in the Library foyer. Popular Indian weeklies and monthlies are displayed here. These are not lent out.

Digital Library and collection: The Digital Library is housed in the First Floor of the Annex Building. The Digital Library Collections consist of online e-Databases, CD-ROM Databases, Video courses, and other audio visual materials. There are about 32 Video courses that consist of lectures given by IIT Kharagpur faculty on subjects covered in various curricula. User education programme is conducted twice a week for enabling the users to use the Digital Library resources effectively.

Online Question Paper: Soft copies of old question paper, of B. Tech/B.Arch. /M. Sc. mid-and end-term examinations of the Institute are available online at Library web site.

RFID System: In order to further modernize the Central Library, a small scale RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) project has been executed at the Library. In this RFID project we have already tagged about 5000 selected fast moving titles which are available through RFID enabled systems. This RFID system includes a self check-in I check-out station (RFID staff station); EAS security gate and a book drop box. We have also planned to implement the RFID systems for the entire book collection of Central Library in near future year.

CCTV: To ensure proper surveillance of various potential locations of this large Library, we have recently installed 50 CCTV cameras. These cameras have been located evenly at both buildings of the Library four digital video recorders continuously provide real time outputs of all 50 cameras for viewing at the 'Console Room', and also at specific terminals located at Security Checkpoint and other sections of the Library. The DVR recorders can store the real time outputs of all 50 cameras (4-5 snaps/second) for over 14 days period in its memory. Installation of the CCTV at the Central Library has immensely facilitated effective surveillance of all important locations of the Library.

Institutional Digital Repository (IDR): Central Library has developed an Institutional Digital Repository using open source software namely DSpace. The IDR collects preserves and disseminate in digital format the research output (PhD theses, Technical reports, Faculty publications, etc.) of IIT Kharagpur research community. It enables the Institute community to deposit (self archiving) their preprints, post prints and other scholarly publications using a web interface, and organize these publications for easy retrieval. At present, the access of 'Institutional Repository' is restricted within the IIT Kharagpur campus LAN only and submission of documents to this repository is also limited to the IIT Kharagpur research community only.

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