Rabindra Bharati University Library system consists of the Central Library, Sangeet Bhavan Library and departmental libraries attached with academic departments. Rabindra Bharati University Library was started in the year 1962 in a small room at Jorasanko, the ancestral house of Rabindranath Tagore. Within a year whole library was shifted to the first floor of Maharshi Bhavan where a spacious accommodation of books as well as readers was provided. In the mid-seventies a part of library was shifted to Emerald Bower Campus on B T Road, along with some academic departments of Arts faculty. A four-storied library building Kendriya Granthagar Bhavan was constructed and now central library is located there since 2001. In the end of 2007 when all departments of Visual Arts and Fine Arts faculty were shifted to E B Campus, the library of Jorasanko campus was also shifted to E B Campus and accommodated in the first floor of Sangeet Bhavan.
Membership: The membership is open to teachers, students, research scholars, officers and non-teaching employees of the university. The reading facilities are provided to outside scholars engaged in serious reading and research.
Library Hours: Central Library
Monday to Friday – 10.30 AM to 8.30 PM
Saturday – 10.30 AM to 5.30 PM
Sangeet Bhawan Library
Monday to Friday – 10.30 AM to 5.30 PM
Central Library remains closed on Sunday and other University holidays while Sangeet Bhawan Library remains closed on Saturday, Sunday and other University holidays.
Library Collection: Central Library has a collection of more than 120500 books, 2550 bound volume journals, 800 theses, conference proceedings, reports and rare books. Books are categorized as general books and reference books. Students, research scholars, teachers and other library members can borrow general books while reference books have to be read within the library premises.
Current Journals: Rabindra Bharati University Library regularly subscribes 250 print journals which are displayed at the periodical section in the 2nd floor. Central Library also provides access to a good number of e-journals and some e-resources.
Special Collection Section of the central library has a special attraction to readers. This section has developed since 1962 when Government of West Bengal purchased the books of Sajani Kanta Das and donated them to the university. Later the collection of Kalidas Nag was added which was purchased by the then Vice-Chancellor Professor Hiranmoy Bandyopadhyay. Also “Kshitindra Nath Tagore Collection” donated by Menoka Devi, “Sukumar Bhattacharya Collection” and books, journals donated by Prafulla Sengupta were preserved in this section for reference and use. Renowned actor and Dada Saheb Phalke Awardee Soumitra Chattopadhyay also donated a part of his personal collection to this University. After accessioning and cataloguing those books were preserved in this section. Lastly students of eminent singer Maya Sen donated books to central library.
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