Nalanda University envisions its Library to be the central fulcrum of its master plan, both in terms of its design and bearing. The Library aims to become an apex resource center with the state-of-the-art resource (print and digital) and services. It will be a constant companion in the academic journey of the entire community of the University and contribute to the quest for creating new bodies of knowledge. The University library is committed to excellence in services and supporting intellectual inquiry, research and lifelong learning needs of the University community. Its vision is to provide seamless access to information through innovative services that drive intellectual exchange and foster interdisciplinary cross-campus research. It is also committed to building an intellectual center ensuring access to quality resources in a variety of easily accessible formats for the overall growth of students and teachers. Nalanda University Library is fully automated by KOHA integrated library management software.

Developing Library Network (DELNET)

University has registered itself as a member of DELNET (Developing Library Network). DELNET has been established with the prime objective of promoting resource sharing among the libraries through the development of a network of libraries. It collects, stores, and disseminates information besides offering computerized services to users, to coordinate efforts for suitable collection development and also to reduce unnecessary duplication wherever possible.


The library is equipped with modern high-end technologies and infrastructures. The library has access to over 170 e-books, 4,800 e-journals from different online databases.

The Library has purchased the South Asia Archive (SAA) and also subscribed Bibliography of Asian Studies.

Gift Publications

The University library has received a donation of books and journals from Prof. Wang Gung Wu, who is a member of the Governing Board, Nalanda University. Prof. Ken Gardiner from Australia has also donated books on medieval Chinese and Korean History.

The library is enriched with the private collections of Professor Ashoke Kumar Bhattacharyya, Dr. Magraret Chatterjee, Professor Arvind Sharma, Mr. Yubraj Krishna, Dr. Paraspati Nath Sinha, Mr. J.C. Kapoor, Mrs. Urmila Kapoor, several authors and eminent persons from academia.

Information Library Network (INFLIBNET)

Information and Library Network (INFLIBNET) Centre, Gandhinagar is an Autonomous Inter-University Centre (IUC) of University Grants Commission (UGC) of India. It is a major National Programme initiated by the UGC in March 1991 with its Head Quarters at Gujarat University Campus, Ahmedabad. The e-shodh Sindhu Consortium subscribes a large number of resources for its member institutions. All electronic resources subscribed are available from the publisher’s Web sites. The access includes full-text e-resources, Bibliographic databases, and other open access resources.

Introducing Indian Diplomat Collection in the NU Library

Indian Diplomats have significantly contributed to creating a better understanding of India to the World and vice versa through their writings. As part of the 77th Indian Foreign Service (IFS) Day on 9th October 2023, poet-diplomat Mr. Abhay, K expressed his heartening message towards Nalanda University for creating a special corner at its library to honor the rich legacy of writings by Indian diplomats.

Library Automation

To automate the sub-systems of a library system, Library has implemented a library automation software, KOHA. Koha is a New Zealand term which means gift or donation. Koha is an Open-Source Integrated Library System (ILS). It is a web-based multilingual Integrated Library System to cater to the automation of large libraries around the world. Koha satisfies all the functional requirements of a library management system.

Membership: Inter-library loan / Resources Sharing

The Library offers inter-library loan service to enable faculty and students to obtain books, articles and other materials that the library currently does not hold.

Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC)

The library offers web OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue) which allow users to browse Bibliography records. Click here to access OPAC.


  • Selective Dissemination of Information (SDI)
  • Current Awareness Services (CAS)
  • Reference and Information Services
  • Information Literacy
  • Orientation program for users
  • Reprographic service
  • Anti-plagiarism tool-Turnitin
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