Jamia Millia Islamia , New Delhi
By- Tasneem Kauser & Shivani Chitkara
In the din of chaotic traffic and burstling crowd of students in the campus of Jamia Millia Islamia, one thing which stands like an oasis of calm is our ‘Central Library’. Often termed as ‘Dr. Zakir Husain library’, it is situated on the campus of gate no.-7. Established in 1920, it was named after the former President of India and University’s former VC in 1973, Dr. Zakir Husain.
The library spreads over an area of 23,038 sq. feet with a rich collection of over 3.28 lakhs of learning resources. It’s not only the vide variety of collections but also antiquity which makes this library an internationally acclaimed research powerhouse for scholars and researchers. It has two spacious reading rooms of 1,800 sq. feet with a seating capacity of 1,275 students at a time. The library is fully air conditioned, equipped with new technologies and abounds in collection of rare books, manuscripts, magazines, pamphlets, photographs, books related to competitive examinations, general awareness.
It also gives us an access to E-journals. The library has fully computerized its most actively used collection, which is now available to users through OPAC with network access across the campus wide LAN. The library has been functioning as a referral centre on Islamic Studies, Urdu Language and Literature. The Central Library has been conferred with the ‘Highest Usuage Award’ by Proquest, world’s leading research database providing company.
A stacks capacity for about 6 lakh books and a seating capacity for 1275 users, including Reading Hall Annexe in the old building. The library is air-conditioned and equipped with the new technology for efficient functioning.
The Digital Resource Centre facilitates access to e-Journals and other in-house digitized e-resources. Learning Centre for Differently Abled provides support to visually impaired students through assistive technology. Online Catalogue provides bibliographic access to library’s integrated computerized catalogue of English, Hindi, Urdu, Arabic and Persian books.
Libsys-7 fully supports automated in-house library operations. CCTV system with 32 cameras provides electronic surveillance. The library’s LAN, linked to Jamia’s campus-wide network, is supported by three servers and 150 workstations for student use.
The library provides remote login facility for e-journals to faculty, researchers and other bonafide members. Single-window search facility for its e-journals, e-books, inhouse digitized documents, and open access resources through EDS (Ebsco Discovery Service). A federated search tool, Knimbus, is available to search journal articles in multiple databases
Library’s rich variety of resources is helping thousands of students of the university to enrich and enhance their world of knowledge. The comforting arrangements and dedicated management motivates them to spend most of their time here.