Library Services | Brainware University Kolkata
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The Brainware Unversity Central Library is a knowledge resource centre which houses a huge number of books, national and international journals, magazines, project reports, Govt. reports, subject dictionaries, fiction and non-fiction books, biographies, career guide books, ready references and previous years’ question papers— both online and offline. With extensive cataloguing and written down records, students are provided a vast and user-friendly index to choose from.

The library of Brainware University has also initiated two other wings for focusing on two particular disciplines, namely, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Technology Library and School of Law Library. The Central Library along with these other two houses an overwhelming collection of sixteen thousand books.

Library Hours

Library Timings Days
Central Library 8:30am to 7:00pm Tuesday-Saturday
8:30am to 7:00pm Every Monday (Except institutional holiday)(Open for book return and reference purpose only)
Pharma Library 9:30am to 6:30pm Tuesday-Saturday
Law Library 9:30am to 6:00pm Tuesday-Saturday
  • The BWU central library will remain closed on holidays listed in the Academic Calendar.
  • All online resources can be accessed 24x7.
  • Any change in the library timings will be notified in advance.
The various services offered by the University Library include:

WEB-OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue)

Catalogue of the library collections, books, journals, magazines and other materials is accessible online 24x7. From this, one can know the list of books borrowed and their due dates.

It can be accessed at http://111.93.178.142:9100/

Lending Services

These are services that deal with the activities around the lending of library books and other resources to all library users along with re-issue of the same and payment of fines for defaulters. As per the library rules, the books or other resources can be issued or checked-in as per the following limitations.

Category U.G. Students P.G. Students Ph. D Faculty (Regular) Staff
LimitDaysLimitDaysLimitDaysLimitDaysLimitDays
Text Books415415230530230
General Books115115130 1 30 1 30
Reference Books: Competition & Rare Books Not allowed (Reference Collections may be referred inside the library premises only)
Periodicals (Back) Not allowed (Reference Collections may be referred inside the library premises only)
CDs/DVDs Not allowed (Can keep from 9 am to 7 pm inside the campus premises only)

Reference Service

BWU library has separate and varied collection for references which include dictionaries, career guides, periodicals, newspaper, text books, general books, etc. The library users can approach the library desk in order to access reference and reserve materials for their requirement inside the library premises. However, they are not eligible to carry those materials outside the library premises under any circumstances.

Reprography

Keeping up with the sustainable practices, Brainware University discourages students to take printouts of any material required by them, if it is available freely electronically or online. For print materials, however, photocopying is allowed and library has photocopying services for students and staff at reasonable rates. Photocopying of such print material are only allowed which will not be damaged due to handling.

Book Reservation

BWU library users can reserve a book, if the particular book is not available for borrowing at that point of time. Upon the availability of that particular book, notifications are sent to the reserver via mail as well as over phone. If the reserver responds to the notifications and assigns a day for collecting the book, the book is then issued to the reserver accordingly. However, if the reserver does not respond to the notifications, the book is issued to the immediate user who asks for it next.

Preservation

Preservation of books and documents is very important in a library as they are comprised of organic materials (plant or animal based) which are in a constant state of deterioration. However, with proper storage, handling, and care, deterioration can be slowed down so that the documents and books are around for many generations to come and also prevent loss of informational content.

BWU library ensures protection of its documents and books through proper handling as follows:

  • The documents are stored in a clean and stable environment and away from any radiators or vents.
  • The books are kept in metal shelving which prevent any acid (found in woods) migration into paper and thus prevent deterioration.
  • The library and the work environment of the library staff is always kept clean and free from any food or drinks.
  • The books are handled with clean, dry hands and same instructions the given to the users.
  • The books are made to stand upright on the shelves to minimize wear and tear.
  • Oversized books are kept flat so that they are not misshapened.
  • While pulling the books off the shelves, it is ensured that they are pulled from the middle of the spine instead of the top.
  • Whenever possible, a library staff accompanies a student in finding a book and unloading it from the shelves, so as to ensure proper handling of the books.
  • All users are instructed not to lick their fingers while turning the pages of the books.
  • Tapes, glues, non-stainless staples, pins, paper clips are avoided to be used as fasteners or book marks and instructions for the same are given to the users.

Past question papers

To help the students to test their knowledge of any particular course they are studying, to enable them to understand the question patterns and also to boost their confidence ahead of the exams, past question papers are made available to the students.

Project reports

Student project reports are an important part of a library collection. The BWU library stores quality student project reports for archiving and also for future reference by the students’ junior peers for literature review and scope for further research.

Magazine and Newspaper facilities

BWU Library subscribes to various current print periodicals and newspapers for all students and staffs to keep them abreast with the current technological advancements, general knowledge, research and other areas of interest.

Alert Services

BWU Library subscribes to various current print periodicals and newspapers for all students and staffs to keep them abreast with the current technological advancements, general knowledge, research and other areas of interest.

The alert services include:

  • Alert to renew Library materials before due date.
  • Reminder to return/renew overdue Library Documents.
  • Reserved books return Notice.
  • Reserved book collection Notice.
  • New Arrivals alerts.

These alert services are given via Email Alerts and Telephonic/SMS Alerts.

National Digital Library

Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) under its National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NMEICT) has initiated the National Digital Library of India (NDL India) pilot project to develop a framework of virtual repository of learning resources with a single-window search facility.

All of our library users have the opportunity to become a member of National Digital Library of India simultaneously. The information regarding the registration to NDL is sent by the library following which the users can register themselves and get benefited from the vast repository of electronic learning resources.

NPTEL

NPTEL is an acronym for National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning which is an initiative by the seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). The BWU Library provides guidance through proper channel to our users to enrol in various courses the users are interested in. The users can also access the MOOC platform from the library. The video lectures are also stored in the library as learning resource for later reference for everybody.

Digital Reference Service

Today's students are not merely comfortable with computers; many would rather search online than ask a question to a librarian behind a desk. The tendency of students to turn to the Internet instead of to reference librarians is a likely explanation for the decline in reference statistics in academic libraries at a time when the student population has increased. Keeping this in mind, BWU Library provides access to various electronic resources to students no matter where they are located. For e.g., the students can access electronic versions of past question papers, scanned pages of reference books which are few in number as per their requirement.

Membership

In order to avail any library service, one must become a member of our Library. Brainware University is also an institutional member of Chitrabani Society Library and British Council Library. Hence, our members automatically get the benefits of accessing the vast resources of these two libraries as well.

Inter-Library Loan Service

BWU Library has an Inter-Library Loan Service with Sabita Devi Education Trust-Brainware Group of Institution’s Library. Our users can access BGI–SDET Library for reference as well as for borrowing services, and vice–versa.

Library Orientation Programme

The BWU Library organizes Library Orientation Programme for all the new students in the beginning of the academic year and also for new Academic staffs as per the University schedule. The objective of this orientation programme is to make the new members familiar with the various library resources, services and rules so that they can avail the services without any hiccup.

Awareness Activities

The BWU Library also organizes various awareness programmes, seminars, book fairs and workshops time to time especially for the students to instil in them the habit of reading, to make them discover of the varied facets of the world of books, to train them about plagiarism, to make them aware on the importance of journals and research articles in higher education and research.

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