The Central Library of Vidyasagar University began its existence in the year 1986 with the commencement of six Post Graduate departments. Since then it has grown in size and content along with the university to take the present shape. All these years the Central Library has been the life line for the academic activity of the institute. It is one of the central facilities used by all the types of members and ex members of this University. It is housed in a separate building having four floors on a plinth area near about 11000 sq. ft.
The library has a collection of more than 1 lakh volumes which includes Text Books, Reference Books & Bound volumes of Journals, Standards etc. Collection development, its organization and information retrieval are the basic functions of the library. The book collection has been supporting the teaching, research, development and other professional activities of these departments.
With the developments in Information and Communication Technologies, the behavioral characteristics of the library users have been changing rapidly and the library is trying its best to adapt with the technological advancement. The Central Library has developed computer based information storage and retrieval system in the multi-user environment using SOUL software; an Integrated Library Management Software package. The identity of all books and the library users are fully bar-coded and all Library house-keeping operations like, acquisition, cataloguing, circulation and periodicals services have been automated with the help of SOUL software package. The book database is accessible through OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue).
Now it is a fully automated modern library is on its way to becoming an outstanding learning resource centre catering to the ever growing and uncompromising information and intellectual requirements of the students, faculty, researchers and other university community members.
The Central Library has also initiated a well-equipped Centre for Digital Resource Services (Digital Library) from where users can access e-resources and Institutional Repositories.
The Central Library has now been catering to needs of about 3100 Post-Graduate students and Research Scholars, nearly 220 faculty members of 32 departments, about 160 non-teaching and administrative staff of this institute. Besides, its services are extended to a number of other organizations also through institutional membership services.
The central library of Vidyasagar University, being a member of UGC-Infonet Digital Library Consortium, provides online access to more than 7 thousand peer-reviewed full text journals and database services. It has also a good collection of Electronic books in its Digital Resource Centre.
To ensure proper surveillance, Electronic Surveillance System has been adopted in some important service areas within the library. The Library has recently installed 802.11n based Wi-Fi service for all Student, Staff, Faculty and Other University Members. This service is available 24 X 7 in the entire library area free of cost. The library also has a well-equipped Xerox centre and the users can avail this facility on payment of a nominal charge.
Print Service is also available from the CDRS unit against nominal charge.
To cope with the ever increasing demand of the users the university library has become members of two renowned and enriched libraries, viz. IIT library, Kharagpur and British Council Library Kolkata.