Library Tour: Various Sections of the Central Library

The users and staff use this area to go to different locations which are listed below:

Front Area:
A statue of Goddess Saraswathi, the Goddess of wisdom and learning adores the entrance of the Central Library

Lounge Area:
Water Point, Security Desk, Property Counter, and Library Notice Board

Left Side Area:
Internet Browsing – Online Journal Access, Library Office.

Right Side Area:
Librarian’s Room, Circulation Counter, Reading Hall, Stack Room I (Ground Floor), Stairs to the First Floor where Stack Room II, Technical Section, Theses and Back-Volumes Section, Journal Section, Bindery, and Class Rooms for the Department of Library & Information Science are located.

Library Office:

Located in the ground floor at the left side Lobby, the Library Office takes care of the following tasks.

  • Provide Administrative support to the Librarian
  • Duty Chart Preparation
  • Library Office Activities
  • Leave Records
  • Personnel Administration
  • Store Affaires
  • Audit Coordination
Circulation Counter:

Located in the ground floor. Registration for membership, issue of books, return of books and issue of dues particulars are being carried out in this section.

Working Hours :

Monday to Friday : 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Saturdays : 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Newspaper Reading Area:

Opposite to the Circulation Counter is located the Newspaper section. A notice board and a display board are provided to display alerts / notices to the users.

Reading Hall – Air-conditioned:

This hall is located in the ground floor adjoining to the Stack Room I. This reading hall is well furnished with modern furniture and air-conditioned. Reference books such as Encyclopedias, Handbooks, Dictionaries, Atlases, etc., are housed in this reading hall. . This section is a best area of the Central Library where readers spend much of their time in the library.

Current journals and magazines are also displayed in this section

Stack Rooms:

Adjoining to the Reading Hall, Stack Room-I is located in the ground floor itself. This section stacks all the printed books in arts, science, and humanities. Books are arranged according to Dewey Decimal Classification, and the major subject heading are displayed on the racks.

From this room, a stair leads to Stack Room-II in the first floor. This area houses all the Tamil language and literature books, and books donated by philanthropists such as Ra.Ya. So. Collection, and V. Sp. Manickam Collection

The following are the activities performed in the Stack Room-I and II.
  • Shelving of Publications
  • Tracing of untraced publications
  • Informing users about untraced publications
  • Repairing of Books
  • Assisting the users in tracing of publications
  • Conducting orientation for usage of books
  • Rectification of publications
Internet Browsing – Online Journal Access Area:

This section is well furnished and air-conditioned. Computer terminals provide access to the internet facility provided by National Knowledge Network (NKN) infrastructure with 1 Gbps connectivity, and also, 8 Mbps connectivity of our university. Forty personal computers are available for the users.

Acquisition & Technical Section:

This is located in the first floor of the Library. The following activities are being carried out in this section.

  • Receiving suggestions for the procurement of publications from departments/centers
  • Checking the indents and placing orders with registered vendors
  • Accessing the publications- Books, Audio / Video cassettes, CDs.
  • Passing the bill for payment
  • Attending queries for the purchase of publications
  • Registration of Vendors
  • Maintenance of files and records for procurement
  • Maintenance of expenditure details about books
  • Processing of projects books
  • Generation of statistics for the submission to the Librarian
Technical Processing:
  • Assigning call number for books with the help of Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) Scheme.
  • Pasting the Spine and Date labels in the book and noting the Call no. on the spine label and Accession no on the date label along with the Call no.
  • Arranging the library book along with other processed books to be displayed on each month.
  • Preparing the list of the processed books during a month with bibliographical details, Accession no and location using Microsoft Word.
  • Sending the processed books for display on each month after entering the required details of the book in the OPAC.
Theses & Back-Volumes Section:

This section is located in the first floor. Theses and dissertations pertaining to Ph.D., and M.Phil. programs of our university are available for reference. Also, back-volumes of journal and magazine issues are available in this section.


Located in the first floor, this section has necessary resources (especially a Cutting Machine) for binding of books, and journals. This section also assists the administration in the preparation of reports, minutes, pamphlets, etc. The following works related to conservation and preservation of books are carried out in this section.

  • Binding of new books & repairing of old books
  • Binding of back-volumes
  • Pasting of spine labels and date labels

Accessioning of journals bound in the separate accessioning register

Collection Details:

The Central Library has a modest collection of 74,406 carefully selected volumes. The library has been receiving grants from the UGC, and Government of Tamilnadu.

One essential difference between Alagappa University Library and other University Libraries is that most of the other University Libraries even before establishment, had an extension centre of the parent University with a reasonable collection of Books. But Alagappa University Central Library has started from the scratch and has built up its collection.

The Central Library, one of the important central facilities of the Institute, has textbooks, reference books, conference proceedings, back volumes, standards, and non-book material such as CD-ROMs and audio tapes. The Central Library procured several e-books in different subject areas. The Library also subscribes to about 250 current periodicals.

Special Collection:

The Central Library has Dr. V.SP. Manickam collection of about 4600 books, donated to the library as decreed in the will of Dr.V.Sp. Manickam, former Vice-Chancellor of Madurai Kamaraj University, and a native of Karaikudi

Another collection “Dr. Roya. So. Collections” gifted by great Tamil savant Dr. Roya. Chokkalingam consists of a number of rare books and bound volumes of Journals published long back.

The Library has a good collection of books on Aurobindo which was donated by Thiru Valliappa Chettiar of Karikudi.

Thus the Library can boast of collections up-to-date and the latest in Science and Technology and old and rare in Language and Literature.

Library Automation:

All routine functions of the Library are automated with the help of an integrated library software package, SOUL, developed and distributed by UGC INFLIBNET. The database for the entire collection has been created and available through Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) to the users via campus network. Now this facility is also available through Institute's Intranet as a web enabled OPAC.

UGC Infonet - Digital Library Consortium:

Our University being a member of UCG-Infonet Digital Library consortium, under the aegis of the UGC, has access to e-journals from various Publishers according to the academic and research environment. As a member under Phase-III the following resources are accessible to the users. Journals form Wiley-Blackwell, and the popular bibliographic database, Web of Science have been added to the access recently. This service is IP based, and can be accessed in the Central Library, and also in the departments of this university.

List of Online Resources Accessible:
S.No Name of the Publisher No. of Journals
1 American Chemical Society 37
2 Annual Reviews 33
3 Black well Publishers 906
4 CambridgeUniversityPress 224
5 Economic & Political review 1
6 Emerald 29
7 Instituteof Physics 46
8 JSTOR 1401
9 OxfordUniversityPress 206
10 Springer link 1389
11 Taylor Francis 1173
12 JCCC 72
13 Web of Science (Bibliographic Database) -----
  Total number of Journals (full-text) 5517
Developing Library Network (DELNET) facility:

As a member of DELNET, the users on the Alagappa University campus can login to network and browse through the various union catalogues as given below. Inter Library Lending (ILL) is an important service provided by the DELNET.

Union Catalogue of Books:

An online union catalogue of books available in its member-libraries. The information can be retrieved by author, title, subject, conference, series, etc. It has 1,11,16,937 bibliographic records. The request for inter-library loan can be placed through the online system.

Union List of Current Periodicals:

An online union lists of current periodicals in science and technology, social sciences and humanities. It is a major resource for Document Delivery Services.

Union Catalogue of Periodicals:

A union catalogue of periodicals, which contains full holdings data of the libraries.

Union List of Video Recordings:

This is a database of video cassettes available in DELNET member-libraries and has about 5,000 listings.

Union List of Sound Recordings:

This union list consists of audio cassette records available in member-libraries.

Database of Theses and Dissertations:

A database of Theses and Dissertations submitted to Indian Universities has been started, which covers various subjects.

Union List of Newspapers:

The database has 70 records and contains information about the newspapers including title, name of the editor, published from, E-mail address and also the Web address of the INTERNET edition if available on the WWW.

Database of E-books

Profile of Member-Libraries

Online resources provided by DELNET:
  • Cambridge Dictionaries online
  • Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations
  • ODLIS : Online Dictionary of Library & Information Science
  • GISTNIC Databases
  • MEDLINE & other databases of NLM
  • U.S.Patents: Full Text
  • Full Text Medical Journals
  • Open Access Journals
  • Engineering & Technology E-Journals: Table of Contents
  • Full-Text Medical Books
  • Full-Text Engineering & Technology E-journals
  • Learning Resources for LIS Professionals
  • Digital Libraries of the World
Alagappa University-Corporation Bank Public Library:

This Library is an example of an extension activity of the Alagappa University to provide free and quality library facility to the public. The Corporation Bank has furnished the interior, and provided furniture, and computer systems, and also with 1460 volumes of books. It is housed in the basement of L.CT.L. Auditorium with a space of 4730 square feet. This Library was inaugurated by Thiru. P. Chidambaram, the Home Minister, Government of India on 28th December 2008.

This Library has the following sections:
  • Circulation Desk
  • Newspaper Area
  • Periodicals Section
  • Stack Area
  • Internet Browsing