Bethune College Library



The Library which has a rich collection of rare books is an integral part of this heritage 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 divided into two sections, one for Arts and one for Science. Mrs. Mrinalini Emerson's quarters was converted to the science library and the Arts Library was shifted the second floor of the centenary building, 'Kadambini Bhavan'. Presently the Science Library is housed in the ground floor of a new building beside Chandramukhi Bhawan.

Arts Library Floor Area: 4900 sq ft
Science Library Floor Area: 1904.33 sq ft

Infrastructural Features:

  • Computerization of Library with multi-user Linux-Fedora based library software Libsys 7.0 Web Version
  • Library Automation enabled by RFID technology since 2019.
  • Open Access Library
  • Around 8 computers for OPAC Searching for students
  • Reading Room to accommodate nearly 50 students in Arts and Science Libraries. Also, open access feature ensures access to students near bookshelves where they can sit and read.
  • All departments are connected to Library server through LAN
  • Internet facility for students
  • Circulation Desk
  • Fumigation Machine
  • Server Room
  • Book exhibitions organised on various occasions
  • CCTV Surveillance (nearly 8 cameras in Science & Arts Libraries)



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. In addition to this, each department has its own Departmental library managed by the concerned department. 

Following is the detailed description of books & journals added in the last 4 academic sessions: View List  

Journals & Magazines

Apart from the e-resources, the library subscribes to around 12 journals and magazines.

E- Resources

Archive & Manuscript Section

The Archive and manuscript section of this heritage institution was established in 2006 with grants from both State and Central Governments. It contains documents dating back to the inception of the college, i.e., 1879. Presently the archive and manuscript section has been shifted to the newly constructed Archive Building beside Kadambini Bhawan.
Currently, the Archive holds 240 Classified files, out of which, 145 are digitized, laminated and enlisted. 56 such files are bound, digitized, laminated and enlisted. There are some unclassified files in the archive. About 100 laminated old photographs are present in the archives. Some important files include a letter written by Chandramukhi Basu (1890), Principal Miss A.L. Janau's message to students (1917) and a letter written by Pritilata Waddedar (1931). 

Rare Books :

About 160 Rare/Old books and other documents published by Bethune College have been digitized.

Braille Books:

At present 42 such books are present in the library.

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