The Central Library
(Dr. Sushila Mondal Memorial Central Library)
Dr. Sushila Mandal Memorial Central Library is the nerve center of all academic activities of Raja N.L. Khan Women’s College. It is an advanced and well equipped College Library under Vidyasagar University. It creates a spirited environment to acquire, share, preserve and disseminate knowledge. The Library is housed in a large three storied building with enough space for the users. It has one of the best collections on subjects like Humanities and Literature in the district of Paschim Medinipur.
As a College Library we have an exceptionally rich collection of reference books. Besides several updated yearbooks, directories, and dictionaries, the Library possesses the classic titles like “The New Encyclopedia Britannica (30 Vol.)”, “McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology (15 Vol.)”, “The Oxford English Dictionary (12 Vol.)”, “Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics (13 Vol.)”, “The Wealth of India”, “The Cultural Heritage of India (5 Vol.)”, Encyclopedia of The World and its People (27 Vol.), etc.
The heart of this library belongs to the Reading Room as because the students who are the future designer of the knowledge architecture pass their time here. It is spacious, it is airy, and it is enriched with enough number of books and periodicals. There are separate zones for teachers and students.
Old and Rare Books
Our library possesses a great collection of old and rare books on different subjects of arts and humanities. The proud archive includes some priceless original series on History, Philosophy, English Literature, etc., published from UK & US based publications in the 1950s and 1960s. Moreover, it must be mentioned that “The Encyclopaedia Britannica: a dictionary of arts, sciences, and general literature” (9th Ed., Edinburg: Adam and Charles Black, 1889), which was once used by the honourable Raja NarendraLal Khan is also preserved here.
List of Prominent Journal and Magazines Subscribed
We have the institutional membership (with six membership cards) of the Central Library of Vidyasagar University. Students and Teachers can collect the cards from the Librarian of this College and visit the University library.
E-Books & E Journals
Central Library subscribed E-books from Oxford University Press and McGraw-Hill and E-journals from SAGE. Those e-documents are now accessible via static IP inside the Central Library.
Online Database N-LIST
Our Library is an Institutional member of a very useful online database N-LIST (National Library and Information Services Infrastructure for Scholarly Content). Members can access the database by logging in through user Ids and Passwords. The database provides access to 3000+ e-journals and 75000+ e-books.
Institutional Digital Repository
Primarily, the Repository has been initiated with the published monographs and journal articles by the faculty members. It is managed by open source software DSPACE. At present, the repository is accessible only inside the library. It will be published on the web in the near future.
The library organizes User Orientation Program on a regular basis. The current edition of this booklet “Our Library” is distributed among the newly admitted students every year. Besides that, the Library personnel are always ready to help the students in Library catalogue and other database searching. Students can also approach to the Information Counter for any queries.
The Web OPAC
For new books (Accession No. 20,000 and onwards), our Library follows Open Access System, in which the users are allowed to go to the book stacks directly and choose their desired book. To search the books with Accession Number below 20,000 or to browse the entire database by title, author, subject, series, etc., the users can go through the Web OPAC. They can also submit their proposals for any particular book(s) logging in with their Id and Password at Web OPAC. Library also preserves the old card catalogues for those students who are not so familiar with ICT.
Sometimes, Book exhibitions are organized in the Reading Room of the Central Library to make the students aware of important titles on any subject and to boost up their reading habits.
Book Talk is one of the special extension activities of the Central Library. It consists of two parts, a talk based on any popular book for 15 minutes, followed by an interactive session of 10 minutes. The “Talk” has become very popular among the teachers and students in a very short period since its initiation. Currently the Central Library is organizing the talk weekly.
Progress of the Library in Last Five Years
Qualification: M.Sc., MLISc, Ph.D.
Mintu Kumar Bose
Qualification: B.A., BLISc.
Susanta Kumar Roy