The University Library collection is hybrid with its traditional information resources being gradually supplemented by the electronic resources. The Total Library Collection is 4,40,930 of which 2,23,082 is Print and 2,17,848 is Electronic. Details of Print Books (Print) – 2,14,484, Theses – 779, Dissertations – 4,962, Journal archives – 13,110, UN Documents – 2,857. Details of E-resources E-Journals – 18,066, E-Databases – 20, E-Theses – 1660 and E-Books – 1,98,102. Exclusive Collection for Competitive Examinations is popularly sought after.
Parallel to the traditional library services, the automated Library presently facilitates value-added services such as Research Assistance, Referral service, Citation analysis of research output, Institutional Repository, Orientation programmes, Workshops, Conferences, Exhibitions, Information product presentations, Free trials, Newsfeeds, e-Alerts and Open sources. Access to a digital library of e-reference works, e-books, e-databases, e-journals, e-theses, online tutorials and the OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue) is also made available through Discovery Service on Library portal. Remote login facility is another unique service helps 24×7 access to all the e-resources from the library portal remotely from anywhere in the world. Information access facility made possible to the Visually Challenged was one of the facets contributing to winning a National award by the University in 2011. State-ofthe-art Louis Braille Centre enables the differently-abled to access content using modern technology.
E-Shodhsindhu Consortium Service (ESS)
Pondicherry University Library is member of the E-ShodhSindhu Consortium and has access to about 7534+ e-journals and 4 e-databases. Access being IP based, e-resources are accessible in the University network. Pondicherry University Library is identified as one of the 30 Document Delivery University Libraries in India under the E-ShodhSindhu Consortium to cater to the journal article requests of all the universities in the country.
The Dag Hammarskjold Library of the U.N. Secretariat in New York has arranged for the distribution of U.N. Documents and publications to users and Research Scholars around the world through its depository libraries since 1946. There are about 405 Depository Libraries in 145 countries and 16 of them are in 13 cities of India. Pondicherry University Library has the honour of being one of the 16 U.N. Depository libraries in India.
An independent Library building with a beautiful inspiring ambience of greenery around is focused in developing with technology. The spaces have been revamped and modernized with modular furniture, large number of computers to access e-resources with high speed bandwidth facility, comparable to any world class library. An additional new Building with 50,000 sq. ft. namely the Library Annexe offers 24 hour reading facility, Scholars Hub, Competitive Exam Book Section, a special laboratory for the Visually Challenged (Louis Braille Center), multimedia lecture hall, Auditorium, Cafeteria, etc. Five School Libraries as Reference Libraries manned by qualified library professionals were established in 2011 to cater to the immediate reference needs of the Departments of each respective School of different disciplines. Exclusive Campus Libraries are established at Karaikal and Port Blair. We have the credit of being the third University in the country in 2012 which established the surveillance system with Radio Frequency and Identification (RFID) and Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) functional.