Besant Group of Institutions, Mangaluru

Library & Information Center

BESANT EVENING COLLEGE, MANGALURU. LIBRARY & INFORMATION CENTER 
VISION
“Inspiring the users to be Information Literate in the Knowledge Society
”MISSION"
The mission of the Besant Evening College Library is to support the College and its academic programmes by providing access to information resources and teaching users to evaluate and use them. Our Library is committed to prepare our users to be lifelong learners in an information rich society. The Library is fulfilling this mission by providing: 
Relevant, organized resources in support of academic programmes.
Guidingthe users to be competent researchers and information users.
User-centered facilities and services.Virtual and physical access to resources.
A knowledgeable, accessible and engaged staff.
We are living in the information age. Information is the most important element in the present day. It is an essential resource for mankind and awareness of this fact is very much necessary for effective use of information.It is infinite, multi-dimensional, continuous and turbulent in nature. Libraries play an important role in handling such information.It is said that a well-equipped and well-managed library is the foundation of modern educational structure. The importance of library in education can be appreciated properly and precisely only when we try to understand the changing concepts of education today. Education without library services is like a body without soul, a vehicle without an engine and an edifice merely a collection of bricks without cement. Education and library services are the twin sisters and one cannot live apart from the other. According to Padmashree Dr S.R. Ranganathan, the father of Library science, “Library is the fountain from which knowledge flows to irrigate the rich fields of culture and civilization”.
Besant Evening College has started in October, 1976 by the then President Late Manel Srinivas Nayak. The College library has started in the same year with a small collection of books. The library isservingthe students, alumni as well as teaching and non-teaching staff.The major collection of the library istext books. The library has other quality collections like Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Yearbooks, General Knowledge books, etc. At present the library has more than 19000 books worth more than Rs. 2600000=00. In addition to this the library subscribes to N-LIST database of UGC INFONET which provides access to 6000 plus e-journals and 31,35,000plus e-books. The details of various URLs are displayed on the notice board.The library has an advisory committee of 07 members to suggest in the matters of library books selection and other functioning of the Library. The committee meets two times in a year. The committee is headed by the Principal as the chairperson and the librarian is the member secretary.The library keeps open from 2 PM to 9 PM on all the working days and from 8 AM to 9 PM during examination days. The library has a well qualified and dedicated staff to cater the services to the user community. There is a library brochure which provides all the rules and regulations and functioning of the library. 
The various facilities and services of the library are;
i.OPAC/EPAC
ii.Online access service
iii.New arrival service.
iv. Photocopy, scanning and printing.
v.Overnight issue of books
vi.Reservation of books
vii.Orientation to students
viii.Circulation of books
ix.Reference services
x.Referral services
xi.New arrival display services
xii.Question paper services (preserving all the old question papers)
xiii.Book bank schemexiv.Deposit basis issues for examination purpose
xv.Internet facility in the Network Resource Center (NRC)
xvi.Hands on training on the use of computers and accessing of internet resources
xvii.Printing, photocopy and scanning facilities
xviii.Job opportunities display
xix.Paper clipping servicesxx.Book exhibition
xxi.Television to display notices and other important information
xxii.Guidance to the project works
xxiii.Drinking water facility
The library collection is automated using “EASYLIB”software and automated circulation is done. The EPAC is available through the URL;http://10.75.150.62/epac/epac_selorg.asp
The library conducts celebrates Librarian’s Day every year on 12th August. In this connection the book exhibition and general knowledge written competition are conducted.Annual user survey and instituting ‘Best user of the library’ award every year are other special features of the library.The library also conducts user orientations, workshops and conferences to help the user community to avail the library benefits.Best Practices of the Library. The College Library has the following best practices•Open access system• Celebration of librarian’s day on 12th-13th August every year• Conducting book exhibition•General knowledge competition•Daily circulation of books•Printing, photocopy, scanning services•New arrival display facilities•Working of the library (from 8AM –9PM) during examination days•Preserving old question papers of the previous years•Book bank scheme•Internet facilities•EPAC •Computerised circulation system•Subscription of N-LIST database•Deposit basis book issues for the final year students for examination purposes•Overnight issue system•User surveys at the end of the year•Organising national conferences•Publication of the conference proceedings with ISBN•Displaying newspaper clippings on the notice board periodically. •Information literacy programme•Cubicle system-seating arrangement•User friendly atmosphere•Drinking water facility•Liberalised circulation services•Library facilities extended to the sister institutions and alumni •Weeding/ write off of old and unserviceable books•Generator for uninterrupted power supply•Television Display facility•Instituting “BEST USER OF THE LIBRARY AWARD” for students every year.