book exchange and internal loan.
Relevant Website: www.nationallibrary.gov.in
Central Secretariat Library
The Central Secretariat Library (CSL) originally known as Imperial Secretariat Library,
Kolkata was established in 1891. Since 1969 the library has been housed at Shastri Bhawan,
New Delhi with a collection of over seven lakh documents mainly on social sciences and
humanities. It is a depository of Indian official documents, central government and state
government documents. The collection of Area Studies Division is unique in which books have
been arranged according to geographical area. It has an extremely rich rare book collection, with
a large biographic collection.
It provides all possible readers’ services to central government officials and other research
scholars visiting the library from all over India. In the recent past, the CSL has digitized the
Government of India gazette, committee and commission reports and has also developed the
Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) system for its collection.
The library has two branches, namely, Hindi and regional languages wing popularly known
as Tulsi Sadan Library, Bahawalpur House, New Delhi that houses about 1.9 lakh volumes of
Hindi and 13 other constitutionally approved Indian regional language books and a text book
library located at R.K. Puram, New Delhi which caters to the need of the wards of Central
Government employees of undergraduate level.
Relevant Website: www.csl.nic.in
Other important libraries include: Raja Rammohan Roy Library Foundation, Delhi Public
Library, Rampur Raza Library and Khuda Baksh Oriental Public Libirary.
Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
The Nehru Memorial and Museum and Library comprises a Museum on the life and times
of Jawaharlal Nehru; the research and publication division; a library that has a pre-eminent
position among the social science libraries in the country; the oral history division; the
manuscripts division; the centre for contemporary studies; the planetarium; and the Nehru
learning centre for children and youth. The Archive is the biggest collections of private papers of
individuals and institutions, especially from the freedom struggle. This vast repository of India’s
modern and contemporary history is used by scholars and academics from all over the world
extensively for their research work.
The centre for contemporary studies runs a Fellowship programme (thirty-two Fellows)
which is highly regarded in the academic world, it also regularly conducts academic activities
such as lectures, conferences, book discussions, panel discussions, conferences/workshops, etc.
The publications division brings out the works of pre-eminent persons from the social
sciences, proceeds of conferences, seminars, and also publishes a research series called
The planetarium, the only one in Delhi region, is visited by thousands including school
children, college students, teachers, and general public for first-hand knowledge on astronomy
and space technology.
Relevant Website: www.nehrumemorial.nic.in