A limited 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 20 paisa 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
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
Selected 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.
The National Library also
borrows books from other libraries on reader’s requests, if the book
is not available in the library.
Research 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.
Members of 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
The National 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
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