Vivekananda Library

Vivekananda Library, named after Swami Vivekananda – the illustrious son of the country, has carved a niche for itself in the university firmament. The magnificent library building – a blend of functional structure, elegance and exquisiteness – is centrally located within easy reach from all the Departments/Institutes/Directorates, hostels and residential areas.

The building – with a floor area of 84,000 sq. ft. – has the capacity to accommodate more than 3 lakh volumes of books and bound journals in its stack areas, Reading Halls with capacity for 1200 readers including a 24-hour Reading Hall with capacity for 250 readers, 13 Scholars’ Rooms, a Committee Room-cum-Videoconferencing Hall, and so on. The Library has five satellite libraries – Law Library, Management Library, Engg. Library, Maths Library and Hotel & Tourism Library

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Library Committee:

Library Committee – the governing body of the University Library System – formulates library policies for the guidance of the University Librarian. This Committee has Vice-Chancellor as its Chairman and University Librarian as its Member-Secretary. Dean, Academic Affairs, Dean of Colleges, all Deans of Faculties, Heads/Directors of Teaching Departments, and Registrar are its ex officio Members. Two Research Scholars are nominated as its Members by the Vice-Chancellor for two academic years.

Human Resources:

The University Library has well qualified staff with adequate strength, though many of the sanctioned posts are vacant.

Senior library Staff

Post Name Post Name
Univ. Librarian Prem Singh Asstt. Librarian Asha Malik
Dy. Librarian Ajit Siwach Asstt. Librarian Sanjay Kaushik
Dy. Librarian K.C. Dabas Asstt. Librarian Roop Kishore
Dy. Librarian Satish Malik Asstt. Librarian Ram, Dhari
Asstt. Librarian Sudesh Nayar Info. Scientist Sunder Singh
Asstt. Librarian Sheela Dabas

Besides, housekeeping, security, maintenance of electrical fittings and public health services of the library has been outsourced. The Library Professionals have academic bent of mind and have 8 books and 204 papers to their credit.

Learning Resources:

The University Library possesses a very rich collection of 3,01,000 volumes of books, bound volumes of journals and other reading material, as per details given below, to cater to the informational and scholarly requirements of its patrons.

Total  Resources (March 31, 2009)

Category of document Total
Books 2,51,509
Periodicals 44,065
Theses 6047
Vdeo tapes 300
Total 3,01,921

Besides, 111 foreign and 369 Indian journals are subscribed.

Financial Resources:

Ever since the establishment of this University in 1976, a sum of Rs. 1208.52 lacs has been spent on the development of learning resources. The funds for collection development are owed to Sate Govt., UGC, University’s own coffers and some other funding agencies.

The University is well set to spend a sum of Rs. 130 lakhs on the addition of new books, subscription of print journals and e-Resources during 2009-10. In addition, a sum of Rs. 185 lakhs has been earmarked during the current year for infrastructure development – face lifting and internal renovation, improvement of reading facilities, strengthening of Internet services, establishment of videoconferencing system, establishment of multimedia library, upgradation of LibSys, barcoding of books and meta data entry for upping online catalogue and automation of check-out check-in operations, air-conditioning of 24-hour Reading Hall with seating capacity of 250, etc. Five yearly investment in collection development is reflected in the bar chart.

Library User & Privileges:

Membership of this Library is open to University teachers, non-teaching staff and students. The teachers are entitled to borrow 15, research scholars 10, M.Phil. 8, PG students 6, Officers & UG Students 4, other employees & Special Members 2 books each. Serving Teachers of the affiliated Colleges, serving scientists of other Universities, retired Teachers/Officers and other employees of Class II rank and above of MDU, aspirant scholars for admission to Ph.D in MDU duly recommended by HOD/University Librarian, Ph.D. students of other Universities, and Class I Gazetted Officers of the Govt. of Haryana/Govt. of India based at Rohtak can also be enrolled as Members of the Library subject to surety of a serving University employee, refundable Library Security of Rs. 2500/-, and payment of Rs. 250/- as annual Library Fee with the permission of the University Librarian.

Videoconferencing Facility has become operational recently. It is a glittering feather in the cap of the library. It will become a hub for interaction between the teachers and researchers of MDU amongst themselves as well as their counterparts with common interests located at other places. In fact, this is a multipurpose facility. Besides conferencing, it will also be used for watching a common CD, say a CD on environmental issues, by a group of students/teachers, and for making PowerPoint presentations to a group of remote audience

Reference Service implies the provision of human beings as canvassing agents for the learning resources. It, truly, reveals the positive outcome of the library ethics, and is, in fact, a barometer of library’s reputation amongst its patrons. Reference Desk, headed by a senior library professional, is located on the ground floor at the central place. The Reference Librarian, assisted by other staff guides/helps the library users in the location and selection of documents/ information, in the use of OPAC, and to procure information from other libraries, if the need be. It is here that the freshers are offered orientation programmes to apprise them of the library organization and services.

The Library offers unmatched Reading Facilities. The Reading Halls, with seating capacity for 750 readers, are located on all the three floors adjacent to the stack areas to maintain proximity of the library users to the books. In addition, there is an exquisitely renovated Reading Facility with seating capacity for 250 readers. It opens round the clock.

Internet Facility was set up in 1999 with a few nodes. There are, as of now, 50 Internet nodes in the Library. These nodes are located in the separate Internet Lab. This service is offered to the bonafide library patrons free of cost..

Online Catalogue (Online Public Access Catalogue) is the representation of the library’s collection of learning resources. The Catalogue is accessible to the teachers/ students/ others from the PCs with linkage to the Campus Network.

The computerization of entire range of Circulation Functions - use of barcoded University ID-cum-Library Cards for check-out and check-in of reading material, calculation of overdue charges, printing of gate-passes, reservation of books, printing of reminders for outstanding books, checking of a book whether it is checked-out or is available on shelf, if checked-out to whom it is issued and when it is due, blocking of user account, statistical data, and all other circulation-related functions – is in the offing.

Library Modernization:
The Library started automation of library activities for exhaustive and expeditious retrieval and dissemination of information a few years back. The Library is now equipped with 2 Servers, 75 PCs, 5 Barcode Readers, 10 laser printers, 14 UPSs (5 KVA, 3 KVA, 1 KVA & 800 VA), and adequate no. of Softwares – LINUX, Windows, Libsys, MS-Office with Site Licence. The Library has employed LibSys for automation of its entire range of activities
Research and  Planning Division - set up in Oct. 2009 to grapple with and solve the existing library problems, prepare library modernization plans, and implement the same – gave impetus to its following modernization programmes at a cost of Rs. 50 lacs to actuate the dreams its management cherished :
  1. Strengthening of Internet services with the addition of 30 PCs.
  2. Computerization of Library Catalogue.
  3. Automation of check-out check-in functions.
  4. Barcoding of collection.
  5. Data entry of entire collection.
  6. Replacement of traditional multiple library cards with a single barcoded  Library Card.
  7. Automation of Stock Verification.
  8. Replacement of paper correspondence with e-correspondence.
  9. Creation of Digital Library.
  10. Establishment of Multimedia Library.