Jadavpur University Library was started along with the establishment of the University in 1955 in order to cater the academic and research needs of the faculty, research scholars, students, officers and non-teaching staff. Since then, the University Library has gone from strength to strength to live up to the expectations of its immediate clientele. It is one of the best-equipped libraries in the country.

The University is proud of its library system, which comprises the Central Library, Salt Lake Campus Library, 37 Departmental Libraries under the Faculty of Arts, Science, Engineering and Technology, and also the Libraries attached with the Schools and Centres for studies. The Central Library of Jadavpur University is one of the central facilities used by all types of members of this University. This is the third largest library in West Bengal.


The University library system comprises the Central Library, Salt lake Campus Library, 37 Departmental Libraries, and also the Libraries attached with Schools and Centres for studies.

The University Central Library is housed in a three-storied building on the campus. Its shelf space and working space total 36,000 sq. ft.,(approx) and is being extended by new construction of Annex Building 5,500 sq. ft. (approx.). Seven reading rooms, carrels, and an alcove for bound volumes of journals provide sitting accommodation for 700 readers. There is a separate library on the Second Campus at Salt Lake. The space of the Salt Lake campus Library is 6,500sq. ft. (approx.).


At present, the Central Library has over 6,14,846 volumes of books on record (including the Salt lake Campus Library and those loaned to Departmental Libraries), 80,000 bound volumes of journals, 13000 theses and dissertations, and 37,000 items of non-book materials such as reports pamphlets, maps and micro-forms.

At present, the library subscribes to about 1159 print and 1448 online journals. The University also has access to around 3000 online journals more through INFLIBNET and INDEST Consortia. In total, the University Library has access to around 11000 Journals.The library subscribes to 30 databases which include Scopus, Econlit etc. and also about 10000+ E-books.

A considerable part of the Library’s acquisitions consists of gifts from individuals and institutions, the largest book donation having been from Sri Uday Kumar Das, Kumar S.C. Nandy of Cossimbazar, the British Council, USIS, Asia Foundation, the late A.K. Chanda, Sri M. N. Mitra, Sudhindranath Datta and others. The gift collections contain a good stock of old materials valuable for research in the humanities and social sciences.


Under the potential for excellence programme of UGC, Centre for Digital Library has been established in November 2003 in the first floor of the new annex building of the Central Library. The digital Library has a learning Resource Centre (LRC) and a reading room. The Digital Library Management Software Dspace, developed by MIT, USA and Hewlett Packard has been installed. It is an open source software and has been customized to suit our requirements. Dspace accepts all forms of digital materials including text, images, video and audio files. The Institutional Repository is being built in the Digital Library Faculty wise & Department wise.

The Learning Resource Centre has been set-up with sixty nodes for Teachers, Students, Research Scholars and Academic Administrators for retrieving On-line journals/books and for internet browsing. The Hardware infrastructure for archival of rare texts, Ph.D. theses abstracts has been installed. Besides this, the users may search all On-line journals and databases from all the computers connected to the Jadavpur University Network.


Publications entitled ‘Know your Library’, ‘Journals and Databases’ and ‘JU Library: A brief profile’ contain the information about the rules of the library and other guides to users etc. are made available to all users. These serve as guidelines for user orientation programme. The detailed information are available in the website.


●Ananya Sudhindranath : jiban o rachanapanji
●Know your Library
●JU Library – A brief profile
●JU Journals and Databases
●Catalogue of theses available in Central Library
●Triguna Sen Collection : a list of documents
●Sudhindranath Datta and Rajeshwari Datta Collection: a list of documents
●National Council of Education, Bengal : a list of documents

The Central Library & Salt Lake Campus Library remain closed on only University holidays.

The Library Hours of the Central Library are as follows:
Library Hours
Week DayCentral LibrarySalt Lake Campus Library