The Library has developed together with the
college as an indispensable part of the entire
college. The location of the Library has been
changed a number of times. Initially the college
library was situated in the Bethune School Hall.
In 1940 Bethune College was shifted to the Christ Church Building now named 'Vidyasagar Bhavan' and the library was shifted to the first floor of the building. With the increase in the number of students, honours subjects, library grants and simultaneous increase of books, the necessity of a separate library building was strongly felt. In 1983, the library was bifurcated into the Arts Library and the Science Library and the two wings were shifted to two separate buildings - Mrs. Mrinalini Emerson's (ex-Principal's) quarter became the science library and the second floor of the centenary building now named 'Kadambini Bhavan' became the Arts Library.
A New building has been constructed beside Chandramukhi Bhavan where the Science library is now located on the ground floor.
The Library has a rich collection of about 1,00,000 (one lakh) books and journals. These include some rare and priceless books and journals. About 1100 new books are added every year. There are separate libraries for Science and Humanities to provide better accommodation and convenience. Each department has its own Departmental library too..
Thus addition to the General Library, every department (except Statistics & Hindi) has a departmental library. The departmental libraries have been built up with the aim of providing easy access of books to students. It contains texts and reference books which are often needed by the students and they can borrow these books with permission from the departmental teacher. The functioning of the departmental libraries are determined by the departments concerned.
Both the Science and the Arts Libraries are
We have multi-user library software under client server connected by LAN to various departments.
The widely used Linux-based Library software LibSys (College Version) has also been installed. Since all the departments of the college are connected through LAN, On-line Public Access Control (OPAC) is available to all departments.
The main features of this software are :
- Powerful catalogue search facility based on author / title / keyword / subject
- Password authenticated multiple users
- Issue and Return facilities
- Status enquiries on both users and books
- Stock verification
- Purchase of books
- Reservation facilities
- (Proposed) Web access of the library database through internet by the users