Library Sections

The various sections in the library are formed in a right manner which ensures the users for easy and quick access to resources.

  • Reading Hall

    Location: Ground Floor

    Property Counter:

    The personal belongings of the students and staff members are kept in the property counter provided at the entrance of the library. The staff of library will not held responsible for the belongings.

    Main Reading Hall:

    The Library Reading Hall has a seating capacity of nearly 150 seats, with centralized air-condition and lighting facilities so as to enable the users feel comfortable. The Reading Hall allows the students to access the latest books available in all subjects. The following facilities help the students to use the library resources effectively. The Three Dimensional RFID Security gate secures all the library resources by providing alarm if a user leaves the library without getting it issued at the counter. Various sections of the library are under CCTV surveillance. Safety fire detection alarms are available to protect valuable resources.

    • Electronic gate Register :

      The members have to place their RFID Identity cards in the electronic gate register at the time of entry and exit from the library. It enables to get the exact number of readers using the library at a particular time. This also provides additional security.

    • Circulation Counter :

      The circulation section is the main entrance of the library. Books are issued on loan and received back in this counter. Members can borrow the books by producing RFID enabled Identity cards. This section is completely automated using RFID technology. Self Check in/Check Out (KIOSK) are being used for issue/return of books. The overdue charges if any are also collected in this section.

    • Student Service Centre :

      This centre facilitates the development of effective academic learning and performance skills in students. It is stacked with nearly 500 books on employment opportunities, competitive exams, self-motivation, interview preparation, personality development etc. It helps the students to develop research skills, languages skills and assists them to become successful and independent leaders.

    • Learning centre for students with Special Needs:

      The library has a separate facility for students with special needs. This Centre aims to provide barrier free access and independent reading of library materials. It facilitates learning for visual impaired students with specialized software such as JAWS (Job Access with Speech Software), Kuruzweil reading machine software, Magic software, and specially configured hardware such as Readit Wand Read Easy Move, Seika Braille Display. The library building has a ramp and wheelchair for easy and convenient access to the special needs students.

  • Stacking Section

    The library has four sections in two floors. The books are classified according to colon classification and arranged subject wise. The signboards and guide cards are available which enables readers to locate the resources quickly. It follows an open access system for all users. Members are advised to check the availability of the books through the Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) Service. After obtaining relevant information through OPAC, the users can proceed to the respective stack area to take the books of their choice. The learning resources are stacked / displayed in the following categories

    • General Stack section
    • Reference section (Consisting of Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, Manuals, etc)
    • Journals, Magazine, Newspaper Display section
    • Thesis/ Dissertation section
    • Stack I :

      Location: Basement Floor

      It has Science and Home Science books stacked in 42 wooden cupboards with nearly 35,500 books arranged according to the classified order.

      All the cupboards are provided with Guide cards for easy access

      OPAC facility is available in this section

    • Stack II :

      Location: Mezzanine Floor

      This section has 23,900 Humanities and Commerce books arranged in 28 wooden cupboards

    • Business Administration Section :

      Location: First Floor

      Nearly 7000 management and tourism books are placed in the business administration section which operates in a separate room. This helps the Management students to get access to all their resources at one point.

  • Reference / Textbook Section

    • Location: Mezzanine Floor

      Library has a good collection of reference books which includes encyclopaedia, handbooks, dictionaries, biographies, manuals, art books, geographical sources etc. The collection ranges from general to subject specific sources. All the reference sources are housed in the Reference section

  • Current Periodical Section

    Location: Mezzanine Floor

    • Library provides physical as well as virtual access to large collection of journals to the users
    • Periodicals and serials are essential for study and research as the articles published in them are the primary means of communication for the exchange of scientific information.
    • The library subscribes about nearly 266 both national and international journals, magazines, newspapers and also receives nearly 101 periodicals as gifts and on exchange basis .
    • Nearly 30 Newspapers and 34 magazines are also available for reading in this section.
    • Current issue of the journal and magazines are being displayed on the display rack.
    • Nearly 28,059 e-journals in various fields are available in e-shodhsindhu consortium and through subscription access. These e-resources (e-books, e-journals, e-databases, e-theses, Academic Online Videos, Video Talks etc.) is available 24/7 and also by Remote Login facility.
  • Backvolume Section

    • Location: First Floor

      A journal, on completion of its volume will be sent for binding. The bound volumes are assigned accession number and kept in backvolume section for future reference. They are also entered in the library management software. These are arranged subject-wise and in alphabetical order in the bound volume area.

  • Theses section

    Location: First Floor

    • More than 11,689 thesis like Ph.D, M.Phil and PG theses are maintained in this section
    • The bibliographic details of the Theses and Dissertations are available on OPAC.
    • The required Theses/Dissertations could be searched through OPAC and referred.

    The digitize full text of theses is availabe in the Institutional Repositiory as well as in Shodhganga – a national level open access ETD repository of Indian electronic theses.

  • Acquisition Section

    Location: First Floor

    • This section collects request for books from the faculties and checks for duplication.
    • Placing orders with the selected suppliers
    • Receive the books with bills , verify and accession the book and bill
    • The section is automated and manual accession register was discontinued and presently printed accession register is maintained.
    • After acquisition process the books is transferred to technical section
  • Technical Section

    Location: First Floor

    Classification:

    This section plays a vital role for smooth functioning of the library.

    • Colon Classification is used for book classification
    • After accessioning, the document should be assigned a call number.
    • The call number indicates the class number and book number
    • The call number which decides the place of the document on the shelf.
    • There are two purposes of classification of documents
    • 1. To help the user to find a document
    • 2. To find out all documents on a given subject together

    Cataloguing:

    Bibliographic details of each book are entered into Cataloguing Module of library software according to AACR2 Standards. For complete bibliographic details like edition, year of publication, subject, keywords, etc. are prepared by this section. The details entered in this section are indexed on various fields like Author; Title, Subjects, Classification Number, Keywords, etc., and can be retrieved through the OPAC service.

     

    Processing of Books:

    • Stamping : Library stamp is put on the back of the title page, on secret page and on the last page
    • Pasting the date labels and book packet
    • Spine labels, barcodes on the front page and on the title page and one secret page and last page is pasted
    • Paste the RFID tags on the last page of the book and write the book details in the tag
    • The completely ready to use new arrivals are sent to the new additions display counter
    • The new arrivals list is send to the respective departments
  • Multimedia section

    Location: First Floor

    • A collection of Non-Book Materials such as Audio Cassettes, Video Cassettes , Compact Disk (7000 ) etc is maintained at a separate section and enlisted in a computer file.
    • This section is equipped with a multi-media system, TV and Digital Video Disc Player.
    • The components such as graphics, animation and sound, enhances the learning process through visualization. These materials are open to all our Library users
  • Photocopying Section

    Location: First Floor

    Two machines have been provided in the library for photocopying services, including printing and scanning. Photocopying is made in compliance with the copyright ordinance.

     

    The Library’s Photocopying / Printing / Scanning fees are as follows:

    • Photocopying Charges: Rs. 1.00 per page A4 size, Rs. 1.50 per page A3 size
    • Printing Charges : Rs. 1.00 per page
    • Scanning Charges : Rs. 2.00 per page (Scan & Email), Rs. 5.00 per page (Scan & Print)
  • Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Lab

    Location: First Floor

    • The Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) Lab was established from the grant provided by UGC under Shodhganga project.
    • Digital library is a library in which collections are stored in digital formats and accessible by computers. The content may be stored locally, or accessed remotely. Digital library collections contain permanent documents. The digital environment will enable quick handling and/or ephemeral information. Digital libraries are based on digital technologies
    • The Library started digitalization of materials using DSpace software and created an institutional repository. This repository has been created using the digitalized materials and can be accessed through internet facility
      • The publication of the staff from the year 2010-2016 have been digitalised and created an institutional repository for access to intranet
      • Since 1958, nearly 3612 Post Graduate theses are digitalized
      • The publications of our Founder Dr. T.S Avinashilingam and First Vice-Chancellor Dr. Rajammal P Devadas Avargals are digitalized
      • More than 300 rare books from various subject collection are digitalized
      • University question papers are digitalized