Functional Sections

The library is extending both traditional and IT related services. The library has 15 different divisions/ Sections carrying out various Library professional activities.

  1. Acquisition section
  2. Technical section
  3. Stack area (Controlled, 1 to 4 stacks)
  4. Active stack area
  5. Circulation section (Membership Registration)
  6. Reference, documentation and archival section
  7. Periodical section
  8. Kannada section
  9. Information Technology division
    1. Internet centre
    2. CD-ROM section
  10. Manasa Media Centre
  11. Text book loan section
  12. Office
  13. OPAC and virtual zone
  14. UGC INFONET division
  15. Xerox unit

1. Acquisition section

This section performs the major activity of collection development/ Procurement of new documents based on the recommendations made by the chairpersons of the concerned department. The users can avail the information about the status of New Arrivals to the Library


2. Technical Section

This section performs the major professional activities like Classification, Cataloguing, Indexing and preparation of New Arrival List etc., The Library is using DDC 21st edition Schedule for classification, AACR II for cataloguing Practice. The section also prepares NEW ARRIVAL LIST (NAL) of books procured by the library by utilizing various grants. The new arrival list is being prepared both in print and CD format.


3. Stack Area

The major collection of the library is housed in different Stack Areas. The Stack Areas further divided into two units viz Active Stack Area and Controlled Stack Area.Controlled Stack Area: Most of the Old documents have been kept in this section users related to Social Science and Humanities subjects and other languages are regularly visit the section.


4. Active Stack Area

In this section all the Newly acquired Textbooks and Reference books are available only for reference within the Library by the users.


5. Circulation / Membership Registration Section

This section is one of the important section mainly deals with enrolment of the Students, Teaching Faculty, Office Staff / Non-teaching staff, Research Scholars etc., as members of the library. The section performs the responsibility of issuing No Due Certificate to its Members. This Section also provides Inter Library Loan facility as per the request made by concerned users.
Teaching faculty: Professor, Reader, Lecturer,
Research Scholars: UGC / CSIR / JRF / Part time / Full Time / FIP and Private,
Non-teaching staff,
Students : Local, Foreign,
University Retired Employees : Teaching and Non Teaching,
Visitors (Issues Visiting Cards as ID for reference only) : Local / Regional / National / International


6. Reference, Documentation and Archival Section

This is one of the very important and heavily referred sections by the users. Some of the important collection of this section are: Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Thesis and Dissertations, Reports of various Committees and Commissions, Annual Reports, Gazetteers, Census Reports, Maps, Atlases and Charts, General Knowledge Books, Reference Books, Abstracting Journals are also houses in this section. The special feature of this section is the collection of rare and archival materials of historically important documents related to history of the princely state of Mysore. Records of British Empire, Archeological survey of India reports are some of the important collections.

This section also houses special collection on National Readers like Mahathma Gandhi, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, Subhash Chandra Bose. Competitive Examination Books, Rare Paintings, Encyclopedia Nobel Awardees, Encyclopedia of Tribes and Tribals, Land & People of Indian States Human Rights Collection. The Karnataka State Gazetteers( District Gazetters),. Mysore Representative Assembly Reports (MAR), Epigraphy Indica, Epigraphy Carnatics, Karnataka Inscription, Art and Architecture, United Nations Reports, World Bank Reports, Constituent Assembly Reports, Loksabha Debates, Tippu Sultan Collection, Mysore History Collection. Thesis and Dissertations of this section have been digitized under Vidyanidhi Project.

The Library Organize the following Book Exhibitions:

  • Nethaji Subhash Chandra Bose Jayanthi
  • Republic Day
  • Women’s Day
  • Life and messages of Swami Vivekananda
  • Dr. B.R.Ambedkar Jayanthi
  • World Book Copyright Day
  • Independence Day
  • Teachers Day
  • Gandhi Jayanthi
  • Kannada Rajyotsava
  • National Book Week
  • Kuvempu Janma Shathamanotsava (On the occasion of Birth centenary) celebration of Kuvempu)
  • Dr. S.R.Ranganathan, (Father of Library Science) Birthday.

7. Periodical Section

This section is one of the important section, which presently subscribes about 228 Indian Journals on specific recommendations by the Chairpersons of the P.G.Departments. The total number of journal titles in the holding from the inception of the library is about 1,26,000. This section houses important reference oriented, journals, magazines, the special feature of the section is comprehensive collection of the Gazettes starting from princely State of Mysore to the present. At present this section procures 25 general magazines and 15 leading National and Local News papers. This section also preserves the old News Papers upto 1 year by systematic filing. The old back issues of the journals are temporarily stitched and shelved on respective subject racks. The section also started News Paper Clipping service. Some of the old leading News Papers like The New York Times. The Washington Post, The Times Literary Supplement etc., housed in this section.

UGC INFONET E-Journals Consortium :

Mysore University Library is extending E-Journals Consortium facility provided by INFLIBNET Centre under UGC INFONET E-Journals Consortium. Full Text and abstract of Journals articles published by leading publishers is being accessed by its user community. Details of the databases with website address under this programme is listed separately. This section also provides the Photocopy facility as requested by the Research Scholars from various departments.


8. Kannnada Section

All the documents published in the Kannada Language has been housed in this section. Total holdings of the section comes around 75,000. The Literature published on and by by Gnana Peetha Awardees and Festschrift works of eminent personalities are housed in this section. Some of the important collection of this section are Kannada World Encyclopedia, Prabuddha Karnataka, Epigraphy of Karnataka in Kannada, Kannada Grantha Soochi.


9. Information Technology Division

a. Internet Centre:

The service of the Internet Centre is being availed by the Faculty, Researchers and Students. There is a steady increase in the number of users. The service of Internet is available between 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. The Centre is providing accessibility facility of UGC-INFONET Resources like Journal articles with full text and abstracts in addition to other subject databases.

b. CD-ROM Service:

The establishment of CD ROM Workstation is a novel step, whereby user can get bibliographical data including abstracts. The Library has a collection 32 Silver Platter subject CD-ROMs. The Library is also getting some CDs along with the Textbooks. Such CDs are also available for browsing by the students and Research Scholars. The Library also acquired quite good number of multi media CDs which are educative and informative.


10. Manasa Media Centre

To provide accessibility to all educational channels under Edusat Programmes for the benefit of the User community, University has established Manasa Media Centre in the Library.

11. Text Book Loan Section

The library has maintained this section for the benefit of students belongs to SC / ST and Other Economically Weaker sections. 5 text books will be issued to each student for a period of one academic year in the cognitive subjects.


12. Library Office

The Library Office is situated in the last corner of the ground floor passage. The members are requested to remit any type of payments like, Membership fee, Overdue charges, Loss of Books, Tokens, Borrower’s tickets, ID Cards etc., only in the office and to obtain necessary receipts for the same


13. OPAC and Virtual Zone

The Library is proposed to extend the Online Public Access Catalogue facility to the uses of the library in order to provide necessary information about availability and location of the documents of the library. Necessary guidance and training programme will be provided to the users to access the OPAC facility in the library.


14. UGC INFONET E-Digital Consortium

At present the Library is providing the UGC INFONET Digital Library Consortium electronic resources like Journal articles and Data-bases with full text published by the leading publishers. The users can access more than 9,300 journal titles for their academic and research purpose. The name and address of the publishers as well as the URL address has been furnished in a separate column.


15. Photostat Copy (Zerox Unit)

The Library has entrusted the responsibility of providing zerox facility to the members of the library to a private entrepreneur.