The University believes that library is the most important element in the facilities of an educational institution and hence the University has developed a well-equipped Central Library for both the Campuses (Patna and Gaya) to cater the information requirements of students and faculty members for their academic accomplishments. The library has built a balanced collection of more than 18,500 books to support academic curricula, teaching and research in various science and social science subjects. All the books are barcoded and organized using Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) Scheme. An Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) of Library books is made available to students, faculty and officials on every computer in the University premises. At present, the Central Library is having 11 staff working hard to fulfill the needs of Library Users of both the Campuses.
Journals and Databases
The Library subscribes to 100 quality print journals and magazines from renowned publishers across the globe and provide access to more than 8,000 online journals. Being a member of UGC-Infonet Digital Library Consortium, more than 4000 e-journals are available to the Library from Annual Reviews, Springer, Taylor & Francis, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press, Project Muse, Cambridge University Press, JSTOR and ScienceDirect [10 subject collection from Elsevier Inc.]. Library also subscribes to e-journals of various internationally acclaimed publishers viz. IEEE Explore and ACM Digital Library for Computer Science, PsycARTICLES from American Psychological Association (APA) for Psychological Sciences. Besides, Library also subscribes indiastat – a statistical database for development studies. Library is having access to online databases e.g. MathSciNet–a bibliographic database for mathematical sciences; and JCCC – a general purpose bibliographic database.
The Library is open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm on all working days. Library services include circulation (issue/return) of books, Inter-Library Loan through DELNET, New Delhi, Current Awareness Service (CAS) for books and journals, photocopy, etc. Using OPAC, users can search for availability of books in library, current status of books, due date of return, reserve/hold book, etc. Access to all electronic information resources is available for students, faculty and officials on their computer within the university premises. Recently, access to these resources has been extended through Virtual Private Network (VPN); faculty members can now access online resources from anywhere. This facility is proposed to be extended,in near future, for students as well.