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 alphabetically. Presently the Library is subscribing to 350 journals. The photocopy facility is also available on this floor. The 1st stack hall contains journals in Biological and Chemical and Earth Sciences. The 2nd stack hall contains journals in Physical, Chemical, Mathematical and Natural Sciences.
The 3rd stack hall contains books and journals published before 1970, A/Cs & establishment & binding section.
Departments Served By CSL
The CSL is situated in the north campus of the University of Delhi to serve the needs of 12 departments of science faculty. These are as follows
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:
RIGHT OF ENTRY TO THE CENTRAL SCIENCE LIBRARY
The right of admission to the Library is reserved to the bonafide registered members of the Science Library. The entry to the Library will be against the Identity Card to be shown at the entrance. A serious view is taken of the unauthorized entrants and the trespassers.
Personal and private books, brief-case and printed matter other than library books are not allowed inside the Library. Library does not accept any responsibility for loss or damage of personal property or/personal effects left on its premises at the property counter.
LIBRARY ORDINANCES / RULES
Library tickets are not transferable, as they are tokens of privilege which only the member to whom they are issued, is entitled to. Transfer of Library Tickets is misuse of this privilege and may lead to the withdrawal of membership.
Books should not be kept beyond the due date marked on the date slip,(pasted inside the book) at the time of getting issued.
Overdue Charges. The overdue charges for keeping the books overtime are Rs.1 per day (EC Res. No. 200 dated 27-08-1996).
Members should keep the Library informed of any change of residential address, change of College, change of Subject, etc. during the period of their membership.
Members must satisfy themselves about the physical conditions of the books before borrowing them. They shall be held responsible for any damage, noticed/reported later on, at the time of returning. Members shall be required to replace/to deposit the cost alongwith binding charges) of the books reported lost or found damaged or defaced by marking etc. Defaulters may be suspended from the use of the Library by the Librarian Incharge of Central Science Library, pending the discharge of their liabilities.
Atmosphere of Study. As the University Library is a place of individual study and research, it is necessary to maintain an atmosphere of quiet and dignity inside the library. Members are, therefore, reminded that conversation or consultation among themselves or noisy or demonstrative greetings of friends inside the library is not permissible.
Smoking is also not allowed inside the library. Mobile phone should be kept on vibrator.
The library has a total collection of about 1 lakh 80 thousands volumes including books and bound journals. Some of the collections are also available in the form of CDs and floppies purchased as well as received along with the books. The books for various advanced centers are purchased and processed in CSL and then sent to them. The library is subscribing to 300+ foreign and Indian journals. The rare book section is housed on top floor of the library.
OPEN ACCESS COLLECTION
The members have the privilege of direct access to shelves in the stack halls for general books collection. It is important that the arrangement of books be maintained on the shelves for the convenience of members themselves. While books can be freely taken out of the shelves and on no account should they be reshelved by the members because of the danger of their misplacement.
TEXTBOOK COLLECTION (CLOSE ACCESS)
Science Library Text Books Section contains reading materials covering prescribed readings, recommended readings allied and relational readings and such other reading materials as may be considered important for placement along with such text-related materials.
Minimum one and even more copies as may be considered necessary be retained in the text-book collection ‘For Consultation only’.
Text Book Section is operated through the page service by the Library Staff and is not open to access by users.
Books are issued for 3 days from this section. Only the ticket marked No. 1 (Text Book) shall be used for borrowing books from this section.
Periodicals collection of Central Science Library is housed in the 1st & 2nd floors. CSL is subscribing to 300+ learned and Scientific periodicals including abstracting and indexing journals like Sci-Finder Scholar, Web of Science, Mathematical Reviews, and 28000+ Online Journals from societies and publishers.
Bound volumes of journals are arranged according to Colon Classification Scheme same as used for Books. Loose issues are arranged broadly by subject and within subject alphabetically.
‘Current list of Subscription’ which is revised annually and a Holding List of periodicals is available in Science Library and kept at the Counter of Periodicals Section for locating availability of journals in CSL. The lists are accessible through CSL website http://csl.du.ac.in.
Periodicals Section through National Union Catalogue of Scientific Serials in India (NUCSSI) and Developing Library Network (DELNET) helps its clientele in identifying availability of Journals in other libraries in Delhi and makes efforts in acquiring a photostat copy through e-mail attachment.
Postgraduate, M.Phil. and Ph.D. Students, and Faculty members of the above mentioned discipline and college teachers of the same disciplines are eligible for the membership of the Library. They have to get their memberships renewed every year, as all memberships are valid only for one academic year i.e. from July-June. In no case membership is valid for more than one academic year.
A schedule for the registration of eligible members is notified to the concerned University Departments and colleges by the Library in the month of July every year.
Application for membership is to be made on the prescribed form obtainable from the membership section of the Library on production of the Identity cards (Identity Cards not applicable in the case of faculty members).
Applicants are required to obtain a recommendation on the application form from the Principal of the College or the Head of the Department of the University as the case may be.
NUMBER OF VOLUMES TO BE ISSUED
The under mentioned categories of members shall be entitled to borrow the specified number of volumes from the library for the period mentioned against each.
A member will be entitled to library privileges according to only one of the above mentioned categories.
Members of the categories 1-4 can get last two numbers of the tickets issued to them validated for use in any other Library Unit of the system if they so desire. The other library units of the system for this purpose are Arts Library and Ratan Tata Library.
LOSS OF LIBRARY BOOKS/LIBRARY TICKETS
Members are responsible for the books borrowed on their library tickets. Neither the books nor the tickets be lent to anyone else.
Loss of library books /library tickets is reported immediately in prescribed form to the Library In-Charge Science Library.
Members shall replace/deposit the cost (along with binding charges) of the books, lost or returned in a damaged condition.
When a library ticket is lost a duplicate ticket shall be issued on the payment of Rs.5 per ticket. The member shall however continue to be responsible for any loss that the library may suffer through the loss/misuse of the lost ticket.
NO DUES CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE
CLEARANCE FOR MEMBERS
Library tickets are the property of the library. Before taking the university examination or terminating connection with the college or the university every member has to return the library tickets and clear all dues, if any, and a no dues clearance certificate is to be obtained.
No College/institution/department shall issue a discharge certificate to its students/ teachers/non-teaching staff who had been recommended by them for library membership without obtaining a no-dues/clearance certificate from the Science Library.
CLEARANCE FOR NON MEMBERS
The cases of non-members shall be settled by the College Office/Department Office locally after the verification of their records whether their membership forms were recommended by them or not. Science Library shall not issue any clearance certificate in respect of non-members. This will be followed very strictly & responsibility will lie with the University Department & College Office entirely.
ORIENTATION FOR NEW USERS
In this programme, new users are acquainted with the library and its various services. Notices are pasted regarding orientation and availability of library resources on University website, Central Science Library website and Helpdesk etc. Computer terminals are also provided for the purpose. Additional orientation programme can also be arranged on the basis of request by a group of users. Personal assistance is also available. If the users are curious to know anything, Central Scinece Library Incharge is always ready to deliver orientation.
To find out if a book is available and where it is located in the library consult the Public Catalogue, which is in the card cabinet form and is placed near the entrance to the stack hall. The catalogue is a key to all the books available in any collection of the library. The library follows unit card system i.e. all the cards 5-6 cards for each book have identical information. The catalogue through its multiple card system endeavors to satisfy multi-dimensional approaches of the readers to a document.
The public catalogue is in five parts
1. Alphabetical Dictionary Part
2. Classified Part
3. Subject Catalogue
4. Advance Centre Catalogue
5. Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC)
1. ALPHABETICAL OR DICTIONARY PART
In this part the entries are arranged under the letter of alphabets as in a dictionary. The cards are as in a dictionary. The cards are made out for authors, translators, editors, series, pseudonames, fanciful titles etc. To find out a book whose author, collaborator, name of the series is known, consult it under the first letter in the alphabetical part of the catalogue. The card contains a Call Number which indicates the location of the book on the shelves.
2. CLASSIFIED PART
This is the subject approach catalogue of the books available in the library. The collection is classified according to the Colon Classification Scheme. The cards are arranged in the classified order. All the books available in the library on the subject irrespective of their location will be found listed in this part.
3. SUBJECT PART
The Key to the classified part is available in the subject part, which is arranged alphabetically kept in a separate catalogue cabinet. This cabinet is kept in the no.1 position of all card catalogue cabinets.
4. ADVANCE CENTRE CATALOGUE
It lists the books first in alphabetical order and later in classified order for Botany, Chemistry, & Physics Advance Centres respectively.
5. ONLINE PUBLIC ACCESS CATALOGUE
Since 1994 CSL has online catalogue of books and it is also available through OPAC. The access to books could be made through author, title, keywords, subject descriptors etc.
TIPS TO LOCATE BOOKS
Care should be taken to note down the classification number as given on the card in full. Roman capitals, small letters, numerals and some connecting symbols are used in constructing the call number.
BROAD CLASS NUMBERS
For sake of convenience, selected classification numbers are given below for various science subjects:
To find out books available in the library on a particular subject, look up the subject part of the catalogue under the subject term. The subject card will give directions to look up the classified part of the catalogue under a particular class number. All the books available in the library on the subject will be found listed in this part. The classification number given on the first line (leading section) indicates the location of the book on the shelves. In addition to subject part, one must seek the help of library staff for satisfying the subject approach from computer database of books.
In case of any difficulty in consultation or use of the catalogue, members may seek help from the reference staff/any library staff.
There are various points and sections where books are kept in the library. To indicate the location of a book, a sequence symbol is written above the Book Classification Number. Various sequences and their symbols used are as follows along with their locations
SERVICES PROVIDED BY CSL
Library is essentially a service organization to cater to information needs of its users. CSL acquires the documents, processes and organizes them on the shelves for purposeful utilization of its resources and provides various useful services to its users. The various services provide by the library are given below
It is one of the most popular services of the library .It is also called lending service as books are lent or issued to the users by circulation section according to users entitlement. Library is using a Brown Charging System for charging and discharging of books. The general books and journals can be accessed through open access while textbooks are in close access and are issued for 3 days only. On an average 250 books issued and about 600 books are given for consultation against I-Card per day.
When a particular book required by any user is already issued out, then issue and return counter staff writes down the name of the user and details of that book in a register maintained by them (very shortly such reservation will be undertaken online). When a reserved book is returned back, then if that book belongs to “only for consultation” category then it is retained by 1 day for the user who has reserved it. If the book belongs to “Text Book Section” it is retained till the next day and if the book belongs to “General Category” then it is retained for 3 days.
Any book may be renewed/reissued on its due date provided, it is not reserved by any other user or it is in heavy demand.
BOOK BORROWING SYSTEM
On each occasion the book is borrowed, a library ticket is to be given at the Issue Counter and the Identity Card is to be shown. The Library ticket shall be generally restored to the members, when the book is returned, but the library ticket may be retained by the library staff, if any problem is detected at the time of return of the book, to be discharged only when the case settles.
CONDITIONS OF LOAN
Reference books, rare books periodicals (loose issue and bound volumes) and such other reading materials as marked ‘Not to be Issued’, ‘For Consultation Only’ shall not be issued out on loan except with the special permission of the Librarian-In-Charge, Science Library.
Books on loan with members can be recalled by the ‘Librarian In-Charge’ at any time without assigning any reason thereof.
INTER LIBRARY LOAN (ILL)
No library is self-sufficient today on account of ever increasing such information needs of research scholars and ongoing multi disciplinary research being conducted in the university. So when the required documents are not available in the collection of respective library, ILL facility is used to acquire documents from some other library, for the purpose of use and consultation by its scholars and teachers. Library on receiving written request from its members, arrange for its ILL by sending requisition to the particular library. Similarly CSL also lends documents to other libraries on ILL.
Such services provided to Faculty Teachers and Research Scholars selectively on demand both manually and online from e-journals.
DISPLAY OF LATEST BOOKS AND JOURNALS
Display of books and journals is a regular feature of the CSL, which keeps the users aware of the latest literature, and the development taking place in their fields of specialization. Latest issues of journals are being displayed alphabetically by the titles under broad subjects in the periodicals department. Books are displayed in the ground floor which is replaced by a new lot of books on a fortnight basis. CSL also sends some selected journals for display for 10 to 15 days to South Campus Library.
CSL has a provision for reference services. The users who approach the library with a reference query are provided with the required information or source of information. For document tracing facility, which is a part of reference, library maintains a register where users fill the information about the document to be traced such as a Call Number, name of the author and title etc. Usually library takes a few hours to trace the document. CSL staff has lot of information skill both online and manually to provide suitable reference service to users.
CSL has the provision of photocopying services through commercial photocopying service available to the users started in the year 1998 when CSL was finding it difficult to meet the user's demand. The demand of photocopying is very heavy and during the last financial year approximately 3.5 lakh pages from various journals and books have been photocopied. The CSL has enrolled with "Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore" for providing photocopy of articles from journals, which are available there on payment basis.
CSL library has 90 Personal Computers installed, and the computerization process of the library has completed. The library is using Troodon software. Prior to Troodon, the CDS/ISIS software was used in acquisitions and cataloguing section. The CSL is actively engaged in rendering e-resource availability through http://csl.du.ac.in.
INTERNET ACCESS FACILITY – E-RESOURCE CENTRE
The library is having Internet Access Facility and is available to science stream clientele only. All Internet services like E-mail, browsing, and downloading are open to all the science users. In some cases printouts of articles are also provided. Presently more then 90+ databases and 28000+ online journals from various publishers are available through IAF. A list of such online journals is on CSL Website under
The CSL taking advantage of e-mail services in day-to-day services with the users informing them latest additions and e-alert services. Articles on request are sent or received through e-mail attachments.
The university being central in character has provision to allow scholars of other universities to consult library resources Rs.100 per month. As a result research scholars and teachers from universities like Agra, Indore, Meerut, Gorakhpur, Patna, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Chandigarh, Jammu, Punjab, Roorkee, Pune etc have consulted the library and a number of scientists and researchers from IIT, NPL, DESIDOC, INSA etc. Also regularly visited and consulted the library.
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ENQUIRIES TO WHOM
In case of queries and questions regarding Central Science Library and its services.
Dr. S. C. Jindal