The Central library of the college is a lifeline to the academic activities of the institution. It has been catering to the informational needs of our students and faculty members of all the departments since it’s establishment. It is situated in the 1st floor of the annex building with a spacious reading room at the entrance to accommodate around 150 students at a time, hence a good space to ponder over reading.It has a stock of more or less 20,000 books and multiple copies ensures availabilityof resources in all section and discipline.The mission and objective of the central library is to support the academic curriculum and learning process through the available resources which increases every year and thus helps broaden the perspectiveof the learners. And most importantly an effective assistance to the readers in procuring and dissemination of information they look for in various formats.The library is trying its best to adapt with the technological advancements like digitization of the whole system, computerised record keeping facilities, online public access catalogue and keeping of periodicals, journals, e- resources is in progress/process. The dedicated staff members of the library help in preservation of all the resources, circulation policy, issue and renewal process. The library always remains under assessment by the authority for its significant and proper strengthening.
Central Library Profile :
The quality of education in a college depends to a large extent on its library. SCBC College takes pride in its adequately stocked, well-maintained and extremely active central library, which the students find indispensable throughout their academic years at the college. The library proves itself useful to the teachers also by providing academic resources for their own researches and higher learning, which in turn reflect in their classroom teaching. As of now the central library has a stock of more or less 20,000 books, but the number increases every year. The spacious reading room, where sometimes the teachers also conduct a few lectures, provides the students the right environment for enhancing themselves. The college authority has decided to give the central library a significant facelift very shortly which proposes to include a comprehensive digitization of the whole system, computerizing record keeping of stocks and the issue/return process, offering online public access catalogue, keeping periodicals helpful for the students’ career prospects, becoming subscriber to various academic journals, developing an e-corner where students would be able to access the internet for their study, etc. The most efficient staff members in the library execute their responsibility of dealing with books and students with utmost care and efficiency.
A student with a Borrower’s Card can borrow a certain number of books for studying at home. S/he can keep the book/s for maximum 14 days, after which s/he must reissue them or must pay a fine. One student can reissue one book consecutively twice maximum. Students with a Reference Card enjoys only the reading facility at the library reading room. The library keeps a student’s College Identity Card as long as s/he possesses any library book.
N.B. Students are not cleared for collecting their university examinations unless they procure a library clearance certificate.
No shouting and loitering about in the reading room is permitted. Maintaining silence in the reading room is strictly observed. Preserving the overall ambience suitable for study in the reading room is a mandatory member responsibility.
No library member is allowed to borrow the books kept in the ‘Reference Section’ (books meant for researches and higher studies) for home.
Any current student of the college is eligible for the central library membership. Willing students should contact the Library for the membership application procedure. However, breaking library rules and unlawful possession of Library books/ periodicals/ other Library things would lead the College authority to revoke the concerned student’s membership.
As of now the central library has a stock of more or less 20,000 books, but the number increases every year. The books prove immensely helpful for the students’ examination and aid themadequately in their overall academic development.
The library currently features no facility of e-resources to provide. But creating an e-corner in the library, where students would be able to access the internet for their study, has long been an aim of the College. Digitization of the library record keeping system would also enable the library to coordinate centrally the database of the e-resources provided by various departments to their students.
Online Public Access Catalogue:
The proposed digitization of the college library aims at offering computerized catalogue search services through the Web OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue).
Departmental library is an extension of the library's role in supporting the educational programs of the college.Each department houses a library which can be considered as a repository of particular discipline. It is administered as a part of central library system and it’s functionality is controlled by the respective departmental faculties.These departmental libraries provide additional books and reading space to both the stakeholders. The divisional collection helps the students select books conveniently and use properly for reference purpose and even encourages research in particular field.Departmental libraries are located within the departmental roomswhich exhibit greater convenience of accessibility, saving the time of teachers and staff members. This parallel library is running with a vision to support academic system efficiently.
The proposed digitization of the college library intends to connect the library with INFLIBNET (Information and Library Network, an autonomous Inter-University Centre of UGC) in order to make use of the various facilities and resources provided by the national programme for the College’s academic and comprehensive development.