Introduction

The Library of the India International Centre was established in 1962. It now houses about 37,000 volumes on social sciences, history, biography, literature and the arts. It has a good reference collection on Indian studies including a special section of about 700 rare books called the “Bilgrami Collection”.The Library also houses two special collections: the “India Collection” owned by the British Council and the “Himalayan Club Library” owned by the Himalayan Club.

The "India Collection" consists of books, maps and documents on India numbering about 3000,  and spans the period from the 17th century to 1947. The Collection includes translations of original Persian works relating to Mughal history and British works on Indian history, archaeology, philosophy, religion, customs and folklore, the arts, sciences, biography and literature.

The "Himalayan Club Collection", as the name suggests, consists of about 550 books on various aspects of the Himalayas, including flora and fauna, mountaineering and travel literature.

The Library has six cubicles which are rented out to members for quiet reading. Photocopying facilities are available on payment. The Members can also avail themselves of the limited inter-library loan facilities.

The Library subscribes to about 160 periodicals and newspapers, both national and international. It also receives a fair number as gifts or in exchange. Of these, the scholarly/academic periodicals are bound annually and preserved for reference.

The books in the Library are classified according to the Dewey Decimal Classification scheme and catalogued online into machine-readable form with all bibliographic details. The Library is a member of DELNET (Developing Library Network), which has more than one million records of books available in machine readable form. The Library is automated and networked in order to provide efficient reference service to its members.