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.

Gift of publications

The Library has received endowments in the form of books from individual donors.

It received a large collection of books on medieval Chinese and Korean History from the collection of the late Professor Ken Gardiner from Australian National University in October 2012.

In 2014 it received a gift of publications from the International Monetary Fund, Washington DC following a discussion between the Chancellor Professor Amartya Sen and the Director of the IMF Madame Christine Lagarde.

The University has also received an offer of a donation of books from Professor Wang Gung Wu, who is a member of the Governing Board of the University.


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 such as Elsevier’s Science Direct, JSTOR, Nature, Taylor and Francis, Oxford University Press, Sage Publication and Cambridge University Press, etc.

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

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.

DELNET (Developing Library Network)

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 Center for Research Libraries (CRL)

The CRL based in Chicago is an international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries. CRL supports advanced research and teaching in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences by preserving and making available to scholars the primary source material critical to those disciplines. CRL acquires and preserves newspapers, journals, documents, archives and other traditional and digital resources from a global network of sources.

Nalanda University is a registered member of CRL and is able to access a collection of approximately five million items, including journals, dissertations and paper collections. Nalanda University is the only Indian University registered with CRL.


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. The university has already initiated the process of membership registration with INFLIBNET.

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.


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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