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The Library of the India International Centre established in 1962 is the magnet that draws writers, readers, researchers to its quality collection and beautiful ambience. The Library houses about 50,000 volumes on Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Social Sciences, Language and Literature, Art and Culture, History, Biography, and has a good number of updated collection of reference books. The Library also has three valuable special collections: “India Collections”; ‘Bilgrami Collection’; and ‘Himalayan Club Collection’ and has completed the documentation work on the leading architect ‘Walter Sykes George’ containing a collection of papers, maps, photographs, correspondence etc. Shelves in the Library

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 earliest publication in the collection is a valuable editionof Philip Baldaeus’ ‘True and Exact Description of the Most Celebrated East India Coasts of Malabar and Coromandel’ printed in 1672. Also included in this collection is Col. Tod's ‘Annals of Rajasthan’ published in 1829. The collection has books by Mildred Archer, B.H. Baden Powell, A.L. Basham, J. Bradshaw, Percy Brown, R. Forbes and M. Wheeler among others. There is also a valuable collection of journals, newspapers, dictionaries and lexicons on Indian languages and dialects.

A special section of reference and rare books on Indian studies donated by Sayeed Bilgrami known as ‘Bilgrami Collection’ has about 700 books on history, travels, biography, literature, philosophy, religion, customs and folklore.The ‘Himalayan Club Collection’, consists of about 550 books on various aspects of the Himalayas including flora and fauna, mountaineering and travel literature.

Walter Sykes George (1881–1962) was an English architect active in India during the first half of the 20th century, mostly known for being part of the team of architects who designed New Delhi, the new capital of India, from 1911-1931. The Library has completed the documentation work of available resources named as ‘Walter George Collection’ containing letters, correspondence, photographs, papers, maps etc. 

The Library receives about 195 periodicals and newspapers, both national and international through subscriptions, gifts or in exchange. Of these, the scholarly/academic periodicals are bound annually and preserved for reference. The audio-visual collection of the library has more than 2000 CD/DVDs and has a strong archive of audio-visual material on various programmes organised by the IIC. The Library also houses the assistive-technology equipment to facilitate better access to such audio-visual material. The Library also has the facility to read the books using ‘Kindle’. Some of the Public Domain Resources in Audio Format and in Mobi Format supporting to the Kindle device have been listed on the IIC Website. (List of sites with Public Domain Resources in Audio format and Kindle Books)

The books in the Library are classified according to the Dewey Decimal Classification Scheme and develop the catalogue of books into machine-readable form on ‘VIRTUA: A VTLS Library Management Software Package’. The Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) is available on the Web, which not only provides bibliographic information on the books, but also provides bibliographical information on the articles from the selective editorial books

Being a member of the DELNET (Developing Library Network), the Library has an advantage of accessing bibliographical information on books and can borrow books on Inter-Library-Loan from different libraries of Delhi and some of the Libraries in other parts of the Country.

Library has access to the e-resources available on JSTOR. It also has ventured to provide selective access to e-books, articles etc. in different formats that are part of the Open Access platforms through the e-book management system ‘CALIBRE’.

The Art Reference Library (ARL) which was inaugurated by the then President of the Centre, Mr. Soli J. Sorabjee, on 1 August 2014, housed in the upper basement of the Kamaladevi Complex, has now been shifted to the newly created space adjacent to the Main Library overlooking the fountain lawns. The newly constructed and aesthetically designed ARL was formally inaugurated by  Dr. Kapila Vatsayayan, Chairperson, International Research Division, IIC  on  May 2, 2019.  Dr.Vatsayayn was flanked by  Shri N N Vohra, President, IIC; Shri Soli J Sorabjee, Chairman, Library Committee; Shri K N Shrivastava, Director, IIC; Secretary, IIC; Heads of Departments and the regular users to the Library.

The collection of 1,400 books, magazines, art catalogues, posters and pamphlets cover subjects like architecture, ceramics, conservation, drawing, fashion, furniture design, glass work, jewellery, metal work, paintings, photography and sculpture, textiles, folk art, handicraft and iconography to name just a few. It also has about 200 books on cookery, some donated by Mrs BhicooManekshaw, whose association with the Centre dates back to 1973 to the time of her passing away in 2013. It is to her that we owe the very popular cookbook published by the IIC in collaboration with Niyogi Books entitled Secrets from the Kitchen: Fifty Years of Culinary Experience at the India International Centre.

Six hundred books have been taken from the main collection of the IIC. Others have been donated by members and the Programme Division. We especially thank Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan for donating books from her valuable collection, and Mrs Usha Malik for giving us books from Shri Keshav Malik’s rich collection, including his own works. We are also grateful to the Foundation of Museum of Modern Art (FOMA), Karachi, who have donated over 78 books. FOMA is an independent Trust whose main aims are to promote the study of art in its historical and contemporary contexts, and set up museums of modern and contemporary art and art libraries.

The Art Library will be accessible to all members between 9 am to 8 pm on all working days, from 10 am to 5 pm on Sundays and declared holidays. This is a reference library only and books cannot be issued out. There is a comfortable area to sit back and enjoy this growing collection of books.
Art Reference Library (ARL) Rules:

  1. The timings of the Art Reference Library (ARL) are 9.00 am to 8.00 pm. The ARL will remain closed on 6 national holidays  (26th January, 15th August, 2nd October, Dusshera, Diwali and Holi)
  2. Members, staff of the centre and temporary members registered to use the main library are eligible to consult the ARL;
  3. Books and other material of the ARL can be used as reference within the premises of the Library; 
  4. Photocopying, printing and scanning facilities are available in the main library. Members are requested to inform the library staff of their requirements, who will make necessary arrangements to get the work done and collect the payment as fixed from time to time;
  5. Members may use the ‘Recommendation Slip’ available with library staff to suggest new titles. If the suggested book is approved by the Library Committee, the staff will inform the member accordingly;
  6. All Inter-Library Loan requirements and its use will be handled by the main library;
  7. The Library reserves the right to introduce any change in the rules as they deem fit. 


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