The Central Library is housed in a separate building and caters to the information needs of the institute faculty, students, staff, research institutions & industries. In addition, there are smaller libraries in each department, which house books borrowed from the main library for quick reference. It has around 2 million books covering all disciplines of science, engineering, technology, humanities & social sciences. The collection comprises printed documents such as books, reports, theses, standards, atlases, patents and journal back volumes. The non-book collections include material like micro fiche/film, audio/video cassettes and CD ROM discs. It has a separate collection of prescribed textbooks under 'Book Bank' for the exclusive use of students.

The Central library currently subscribes to around 1,000 scholarly journals in sciences, engineering and humanities. Under the INDEST consortium, the library provides on-line access to a large number of full-text journal databases from various publishers. These e-journals are accessible on intranet to campus users only.

The library provides various services for its members such as - Lending of books and journal back volumes, reservation of books, inter-library loan, document delivery, photocopying, DTP & offset printing, CDROM and Internet services & video screening. All the library activities are computerized, including bar-coded ID cards and separate On-line Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) terminals for searching books in the library.

The library working hours are from 9 A.M. to 11 P.M. on weekdays and 9 A.M. to 5.30 P.M. on Saturdays, Sundays & holidays. It is closed for 7 days in a year as per the institute's list of holidays.

The Central Library maintains its own website at http://www.cenlib.iitm.ac.in



Mahendra N Jadhav
Phone : +91 (44) 2257 8740
EMail : jadhavm@iitm.ac.in