number of books are lent out to readers under certain terms and conditions. To
make use of this facility one has to become the member of the Lending
division, applying on a prescribed lending form. Two books can be borrowed at a time for a
period of 14 days, which can be extended for another 14 days either by
phone, or by post or by personal visit. Membership of the Lending division
is free, but the borrower has to deposit the amount equal to one and half
time of the price of the book. A fine of Re.1/- is charged per book per day
for late return. When the borrower wishes to cancel the membership, he/she
gets back the money, through a cheque, without any deduction.
mambers can borrow the books through post. The lending rules of local
membership apply to outstation memberships. But postal charges both ways
are to be borne by the borrower. The books are sent by V.P.P. for postal
charges and the borrower is expected to send them back by registered post
only. Books are lent out for a period of 21 days, which can be extended for
another 21 days.
Inter Library Loan
libraries of the country and abroad may borrow the books from the National
Library through the inter library loan facility. Four books are lent out
for a period of 21 days for Indian libraries and two months for foreign
libraries. Both ways postage is to be borne by the borrowing library.
scholars, Government agencies, universities and national level institutions
may make use of this facility. Selected lists of reading materials or
bibliographies are prepared by the library on request. Special
bibliographies are prepared to augment the exhibitions, which the National
Library holds. Compilation of exhaustive bibliographies on special topics
are under way. The library provides bibliographies and / or bibliographic
statistics to national and international organisations. The library
provides support to the Central Reference Library, Kolkata, in compiling
the Indian National Bibliography.
both the reading room and lending division may use reprographic facilities
against payment. The photocopies, microfilms
and microfilms printout / photocopy will be provided within the limits of
the International Copyrights Act.
Services for Children
Library has a separate division for children. Equipped with books in
English, Indian and a few foreign languages, the division provides children
with reading material for information and fun.
No formal membership is required to use this
section. Any child can enter the Children’s Library, sign in a
register and use the books. Books from the Children’s Library are not
lent out. At present the Children’s Library hold about 28,000 books
and many periodicals.
Part of the Children’s Library
Training and Guidance
The library provides training and guidance in conservation of library
materials and in modernisation activities of the libraries to different
institutions on request. Regular courses are conducted in the National
Library premises and in different parts of India to impart knowledge in
these fields. A separate Training HRD division was formed in 2010 to plan
and co-ordinate training programmes and monitor staff development needs.
Seminar Organised by the National Library at Guwahati, Assam