About the Library

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Jane Evershed

Know our Library

Inspiring the users to be Information Literate in the Knowledge Society

MISSIONThe mission of the Besant Evening College Library is to support theCollege and its academic programmes by providing access to informationresources and teaching users to evaluate and use them. Our Library is committedto 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.
  • Guiding the users to be competent researchers and information users.
  • Virtual and physical access to resources.
  • User-centered facilities and services.
  • A knowledgeable, accessible and engaged staff.

We are living in the information age. Information is the mostimportant element in the present day. It is an essential resource for mankindand awareness of this fact is very much necessary for effective use of information. Itis infinite, multi-dimensional, continuous and turbulent in nature. Librariesplay an important role in handling such information. It is said that awell-equipped and well-managed library is the foundation of modern educationalstructure. The importance of library in education can be appreciated properlyand precisely only when we try to understand the changing concepts of educationtoday. Education without library services is like a body without soul, avehicle without an engine and an edifice merely a collection of brickswithout cement. Education and library services are the twin sisters and onecannot live apart from the other. According to Padmashree Dr S.R.Ranganathan, the father of Library science, “Library is the fountain fromwhich knowledge flows to irrigate the rich fields of culture and civilization”.
Besant Evening College has started in October, 1976 by the then President LateManel Srinivas Nayak. The College library has started in the same year with asmall collection of books. The library is serving the students, alumni aswell as teaching and non-teaching staff. The major collection of the libraryis text books. The library has other quality collections like Dictionaries,Encyclopedias, Yearbooks, General Knowledge books, etc. At present the libraryhas more than 12900 books worth more than Rs. 2300000.00. In addition to thisthe library subscribes to N-LIST database of UGC INFONET which provides accessto 6000 plus e-journals and 6,00,000 plus e-books in addition to NDLI. The detailsof various URLs are displayed on the notice board. The library has an advisorycommittee of 07 members to suggest in the matters of library booksselection and other functioning of the Library. The committee meetstwo times in a year. The committee is headed by the Principal as thechairperson and the librarian is the member secretary. The library keeps openfrom 2 PM to 9 PM on all the working days and from 8 AM to 9 PM duringexamination days. The library has a well qualified and dedicated staff tocater the services to the user community. There is a library brochure whichprovides all the rules and regulations and functioning of the library. 

The various facilities and services of the library are:
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 scheme
xiv.     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 services. 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 andautomated circulation is done.
The library conducts celebrates Librarian’s Day every year on 12th August.In this connection the book exhibition and general knowledge writtencompetition are conducted. Annual user survey and instituting ‘Best user of thelibrary’ award every year are other special features of thelibrary. The library also conducts user orientations, workshops and conferencesto help the user community to avail the library benefits. Best Practices of theLibrary. 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 of  question papers of the previous years (Print and e-form)
  • 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.