LIS Group

Library & Information Science Professional's Group

bookmark bookmark
Admin On December - 28 - 2013

National Library, Kolkata (India)

The National Library is located at the Belvedere Estate very near to the Alipore  Zoo in Kolkata. is the largest library in India by volume and India’s library of public record. The National library of Kolkata is considered to be the institution of national importance under the ‘Department of Culture, Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Government of India’.National library of INDIA The library is designated to collect, disseminate and preserve the printed material produced in India. The library is situated on the scenic 30 acre (120,000 m²) Belvedere Estate, in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta). The Library is the largest in India, with a collection in excess of 2.2 million books. It is India’s only Category 6 library and is one of the four depository libraries in the country.  where publishers are required, under The Delivery of Books And Newspapers (Public Libraries) Act, 1954, “to supply books published in India, by Indians abroad or any title that might be of interest to Indians”.It is also India’s sole repository library where all books, publications and official documents in its custody have to be stored in perpetuity. 

Calcutta Public Library was established in 1836. It was not a Government institution. It ran on a proprietary basis. People contributing   300 in subscription became the proprietors. Prince Dwarkanath Tagore was the first proprietor of that Library.  300 at that time was a significant amount, so poor students and others were allowed free use the library for some period of time.
The Calcutta Public Library had a unique position as the first public library in this part of the world. Because of the efforts of the Calcutta Public Library, the present National Library has many extremely rare books and journals in its collection.


Collection in National Library of India

  • Indian Languages Collection
  • ​Rare books
  • Manuscripts
  • Science and Technology Collection
  • Indian official documents
  • Foreign official documents
  • Newspapers and periodicals
  • Maps and prints
  • Microform
  • Indian Languages Collection in National Library
  1. Assamese Language Collection
  2. Bengali Language CollGujarati Language Collec
  3. Hindi Language Division
  4. Kannada Language Collection
  5. Kashmiri Language Collection
  6. Malayalam Language Collection
  7. Marathi Language Collection
  8. Oriya Language Collection
  9. Punjabi Language Collection
  10. Sanskrit, Pali and Prakrit Languages Collection
  11. Sindhi Language Collection
  12. Tamil Language Collection
  13. Telugu Language Collection
  14. Urdu Language Collection
  15. English Language Collection
  16. Foreign Languages Collections
  17. East Asian Languages Collection
  18. Germanic Languages Collection
  19. Romance Languages Collection
  20. Slavonic Languages Collection
  21. West Asian and African Languages Collection
Categories: Library Science

Leave a Reply