Central Science Library
University of Delhi
The emergence of Central Science Library (CSL) dates back to 1981 prior to that, it was a part of Central Reference Library (CRL), Delhi. However, the need to have a separate Science Library was shown much earlier by Carl M. White in 1966 who recommended "that a Science Library be created to serve the departments, which consist of Faculty of Science and that the collection now maintained by these departments and related material in the main library be used to form the nucleus of the new library. A Science Librarian of outstanding ability be employed to take charge of it and that a new building be erected to house the library". With the growth of the University, the membership of Central Library was also increasing continuously, as a result in due course of time with increasing membership and their changing information needs, it became inconvenient for Central Library to serve the users, belonging to the faculty of science effectively. So CSL was separated from CRL and housed in a separate building to serve members of science faculty .The three-storied building having a carpet area of 22,595 sq. feet with a sitting capacity of 185 seats started functioning independently with effect from 8th April 1981. The administration of CSL is under the Dean of the faculty of science.
The Central Science Library is situated in the vicinity of Science Departments viz Anthropology, Botany, Zoology, Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Environmental Biology and others. The three storeyed library building in red stone and concrete is located in beautiful surroundings of parks, flowers and ornamental trees amidst various science faculties. It is just opposite to and very near to Delhi University Computer Centre. Hence it would always facilitate in its modernization. It has a total carpet area of 22,595 sq feet and it offers a congenial environment for study and research. The total capacity of the library is about 185 seats with reading halls on 1st and 2nd floors. The library has been organized as follows:-
The ground floor of the library has the Incharge Room, Issue/Return Counter, Membership, Internet Access Facility, Public Catalogue, Acquisitions Section, Processing Section, textbooks collection and the Reference desk.
The first floor of the library has the Periodicals Section. It has three stack areas and display of new journals and a reading room where current issues are arranged subject wise. The photocopy facility is also available on this floor. The 1st stack has been completely renovated into Internet Access Facility, reading room and technical services department. The 2nd stack hall holds back volumes of journals in Physical, Chemical, Mathematical and Natural Sciences.
The 3rd stack hall contains books and journals published before 1970, A/Cs & establishment & binding section.
LIBRARY HOURS/ TIMINGS
The Library functions for nearly twelve hours during most of academic session. Library hours are subject to change and all changes in timings are notified on the notice board well in advance. The Library remains open round the year except Republic Day, Holi, Independence Day and Gandhi Jayanti. The Library Hours are as follows:
Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Saturdays & Holidays 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Sundays (During Semester Examinations) 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Central Science Library is known to be the most prestigious library which is situated in the heart Faculty of Science, University of Delhi to serve the needs of departments and centre under Faculty of Science and Mathematical Science.