No educational institution is complete without a library. And a well organized and well managed library with a rich collection makes the institution even more complete and great. Ramakrishna Mission Residential College (Autonomous), Narendrapur is not an exception either. The college library started its journey way back in 1963 merely with a few amirah of books. With the passage of time, it has grown bigger and better in all senses – documents, users and staff (the Trinity of library). Over the years it has seen many changes, has shifted from one place to another a number of times, but yet, it has retained its weightage.
The library system in Residential College, Narendrapur consists of main college library and several departmental seminar libraries. The library has a significantly large collection of books, journals, magazines, newspapers and other resources. At present, the collection includes about 90061 books, more than 39 printed journals and magazines and many online journals and ebooks. Sound infrastructure including state of the art technologies is the back bone of this library. A team of young and enthusiastic library staff have made it envying to the other college libraries. Intellectually brilliant users are its driving force to excel further. The main mission of this library is to satisfy its parent body i.e. the college. But, the x-factor is the higher authority that always endeavours to take it to the next level. In a nutshell, it is the learning resources centre of the Ramakrishna Mission Residential College (Autonomous), Narendrapur.
One important facility of this college library is the newly developed E-Library Reading Room. At present, there are 48 All-In-One PCs in total along with internet connectivity provided via Wi-Fi network. In addition to this, there is a printer attached to the PCs for the students to take print out. Two separate computers are provided for catalogue (Book) search. This E-Library actually facilitates the students to access required academic information, to prepare notes, to comprehend different topics of their interest, to prepare themselves for semester examinations, to sit for different competitive examinations namely IIT-JAM etc. The students can also access different e-resources (ebooks & ejournals) and previous year’s questions. This well lit and spacious E-Library is a very popular place among the students. The timing of E-Library:
Monday to Friday : 10:30 am – 8 pm
Saturday : 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
The Books from the Book Bank are issued for the whole semester and every semester for all students. .
At present, there are total 48 computers in the reading room with internet connectivity for the students. Students, even, sit for online examinations like JAM, IIT etc.
The students can access e-journals and e-books from anywhere and anytime through N-List programme of INFLIBNET. They are assigned individual ids and passwords for this purpose.
The students are allowed to take print outs of their required information from the reading room.
Ramakrishna Mission Residential College (Autonomous), Narendrapur library has a large and rich collection of textbooks, curriculum enrichment materials, reference books, journals, magazines and other documents. At present, total number of books accessioned is approximately 90061. Total number of subscribed and purchased printed journals and magazines is 39. The library makes 7 newspapers accessible to the users for current affairs. In addition to the above, the library subscribes to the N-List programme of INFLIBNET wherein the users i.e. both students and staffs can access e-journals and e-books of different publishers or sponsoring bodies from anywhere and anytime. The users are provided with individual login ids and passwords for that purpose. The library has a comprehensive collection of religious books including Vedas, Gitas, Upanishadas, Mahabharata, books on Sri Ramakrishna, Swami Vivekananda, Sarada Devi, Sister Nivedita, and so on. A great percentage of the total collection is text books and curriculum enrichment materials to meet the need of the parent body i.e. the college.
Ramakrishna Mission Residential College (Autonomous) Library is served by two Librarians namely Sukchand Hazra and Arnab Saha Kundu. The librarians are supported by a team of dynamic staff members who work tirelessly to maintain routine library operations and satisfy the library clientele.
The Library Circulation Counter, E-Library and Librarian’s Room are located in the first floor of the new College Annex building namely Sarada Bhavan while the Reading Room is located in the second floor. The Library Stack is located in first and second floor.
The library opens at 10:30 am and closes at 5 pm except E-Library which closes at 8 pm. On Saturday, the library including E-Library closes at 1:30 pm.
The Reading Room opens at 10:30 am and closes at 4:30 pm.
Books are issued Monday to Friday between 10:30 am and 4:00 pm.
No. Book issue-return facility is not available on Saturday.
This library is a Closed Access Library. Students are not allowed to access the stack in person. They have to access the OPAC or Computerized Catalogue to search books and fill up Requisition Form to place demand. Subsequently the Library Staff extract the books from the stack and make them available for issue. The teaching staff, however, can access the stack in person.
Printing facility is available but students must bring papers along with them.
No. There is no photocopying facility available for students.
The bona fide students of the college, teaching and non-teaching staff members, monastic members and research scholars can use the library.
Books, here, are lent mainly on Short Term and Long Term basis. Long Term Issue is also known as Book Bank facility where in students are issued right at the beginning of the semester a number of books (5-10) depending on the subject for that semester. On the other hand, for daily requirements the students can issue maximum 2 books at a time for 14 days.