Fr. Verstraeten Central Library of St. Xavier’s College plays a pivotal role in the teaching-learning process of the College. It is the fulcrum of all academic activities of all UG & PG coursesand research studies. The Library has a rich collection of around 69,000 books, old and rare books, valuable reference books, journals, educational CDs/DVDs and innumerable e-books, e-journals, and other resources for the use of its members.
Nobel Laureate Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore once mentioning the significance of libraries said,
If one could control the age long tumult of the ocean in such a way that it would remain quiet like a child asleep, then that silent, uproar could be compared to a library. Here language remains silent, the mighty waves still, the deathless lustre of the human soul is here enchanted in black print in the prison house of paper. If of a sudden they were to rise in rebellion, break upon the silence and make good their escape through the barrier of print! As many a flood lie congealed in the hard snow in the heights of the Himalayas, so the library encompasses within its narrow limits the mighty torrents of the human soul.
|Reference Section||7.00 am – 7.30 pm [Mon-Fri]
9.00 am – 6.00 pm [Sat]
|Lending Section||9.00 am – 6.00 pm|
|Reprography||9.00 am – 4.00 pm [Mon-Fri]|
|E-Resource Access Centre||9.00 am – 5.00 pm|
|E-Book Library||9.00 am – 7.00 pm [Mon-Fri]
9.00 am – 6.00 pm [Sat]
|Library Office||9.00 am – 6.00 pm [Mon-Fri]
9.00 am – 2.30 pm [Sat]
The membership of the Library is open to Fathers, faculty members, research scholars, students and support staff of the College. The outside research scholars, eminent persons of the society, retired faculty members and staff members, and alumni/nae members of the College are also eligible for getting membership subject to the approval of the College authority.
|Sl. No||Patron Category||No of Items||Loan Period|
|1||Fathers||10 Books||30 Days|
|2||Faculty Members||08 Books||30 Days|
|3||Students||04 Books||14 Days|
|4||Research Scholars||08 Books||30 Days|
|5||Support Staff||03 Books||30 Days|
The Central Library of the College has well-equipped and spacious reading room facility with seating capacity of 250 (two hundred and fifty) users. The reference books, periodicals and current awareness sections also function from reading room for reader’s convenience. Some rare collections of the College are displayed in the reading room.
The book bank facility is provided only to students belonging to economically challenged groups and communities. Besides regular library facilities, they can issue at most four books from book-bank for a full semester. The textbooks are mainly emphasized for this section, though very few common reference books may also be lent out.
Books and journals relating to different competitive examinations like IAS, Career / Service Oriented programs and other documents related to the subjects are available for consultation in the library.
Books and e-books relating to UGC CSIR NET / SET ( JRF & LS ) are available in the library.
The Ready-Reference Tools relating to general reference consultation are available in the Reading Room. The following categories of Ready Reference Tools are generally available:
One internet-facilitated computer is directly connected with the photocopy machine for taking print out of any online and also offline materials.
CD-ROM databases, CDs/ DVDs for both borrowing and reading room reference.
The newly added resources to library (books, journals, CDs etc.) are displayed for 7 days in the Reading Room.
Students and faculty members can place requisition for a book that is not available in the library. The requisition should be given in the Demand Book Register available from the concerned library staff and through the Web OPAC facility.
Thanks to generous donations of books by the Provincial Governments and European missionaries during the last two centuries, the Central Library holds a golden treasury of very old and rare documents. Since these documentary heritage is continuously decaying with time the college initiated a project for preservation and conservation of these rare documents with the full financial support from UNESCO, New Delhi in 2006. Under the collaborative project, selected rare documents from the College library have been recovered, preserved and digitized. The oldest collection dates back to AD 1632. As part of the project, a set of 4 DVDs containing some of the digitized documents and rare paintings was published. All these documents are preserved with much care in Goethals Library.