Central Reference Library, Kolkata

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Introduction: The Central Reference Library, Kolkata is a unique repository of Indian National Bibliography collections and was established in the year 1955 by the Department of Culture. However at present it comes under the purview of the Ministry of Culture, government of India. It is situated in the same campus of the National Library in the annexe building. However it is administered by an independent Librarian who also plays a dual role as its Editor. The primary objective of this institution is to compile and sell the Indian National Bibliography, an authentic record of books published in 14 different Indian languages and English. Apart from that, the assimilation and sale of The Index Indiana a unique selection of articles in contemporary Indian language periodicals also comes under its ambit.

  • Collection at Central Reference Library,Kolkata:
    Indian National Bibliography
    The Indian National Bibliography has been published monthly since 1964. But the regularity of the publication has suffered in between for various reasons. It has been conceived as an authentic bibliographical record of current Indian publications in Assamese, Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu languages, received in the National Library, Kolkata under the Delivery of Books and Newspapers, (Public Libraries) Act, 1954.

    Index Indiana
    This is a unique venture to trace the periodical literature appearing in the Indian Language periodicals. The first issue of the Index Indiana appeared as quarterly in 1977 and since 1981 it is being published as annual cumulated volumes. It includes works in Bengali, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil and Malayalam periodicals Indian Literature, Social Science, Indian Systems of Medicine, Folk literature, Social Science, Philosophy all of great help to research scholars.
    This index is divided into three parts – classified part, subject index and author index and Language bibliography.

    Indian Language Bibliography
    Some of the language bibliographies like Tamil, Bengali and Assamese are published by CRL itself while those in Malayalam, Urdu and others are done in collaboration with state governments.

  • Other services at Central Reference Library,Kolkata:
    Development of the North East
    On the direction and encouragement of the Department of Culture, the Central Reference Library, Kolkata is actively participating in the development of the North Eastern Region. As part of this activity the CRL regularly organize training programs for Library professionals of the North Eastern region on the Compilation of Bibliographies in their respective languages.

    Apprenticeship Training Programme 
    Under this tenet Postgraduate Library Science Students of different Indian Universities are imparted training in the compilation of bibliographies by manual process and by machine generation in different language scripts at CRL Kolkata.

  • Membership at Central Reference Library, Kolkata:The library offers reading facility but there is no lending facility. Because of its huge collection of bibliographic materials it attracts research scholars from far and wide. Apart from the usual members, individuals who are members of The National Library can also avail the facilities of CRL,Kolkata.
  • Address: The Librarian
    Central Reference Library
    Government of India
    Department of Culture
    Belvedere, Calcutta – 700 027
  • Telephone: 24791721 / 24791722
    Email: crlinb@cal3.vsnl.net.in

Related Pages: http://www.crlindia.gov.in/