The Library has developed together with the
college as an indispensable part of the entire
college. The location of the Library has been
changed a number of times. Initially the college
library was situated in the Bethune School Hall. In
1940 Bethune College was shifted to the Christ
Church Building now named 'Vidyasagar Bhavan' and
the library was shifted to the first floor of the
building. With the increase in the number of
students, honours subjects, library grants and
simultaneous increase of books, the necessity of a
separate library building was strongly felt. In
1983, the library was bifurcated into the Arts
Library and the Science Library and the two wings
were shifted to two separate buildings - Mrs.
Mrinalini Emerson's quarter became the science
library and the second floor of the centenary
building now named 'Kadambini Bhavan' became the
Arts Library. Presently the Science Library is
housed in the ground floor of a new building
constructed beside Chandramukhi Bhawan.
Arts Library Floor Area: 4900 sq ft
Science Library Floor Area: 1904.33 sq ft
- Computerization of Library with multi-user Linux-Fedora based library software Libsys 7.0 Web Version
- Library Automation enabled by RFID technology since 2019.
- Open Access Library
- Around 8 computers for OPAC Searching for students
- Reading Room to accommodate nearly 50 students in Arts and Science Libraries. Also, open access feature ensures access to students near bookshelves where they can sit and read.
- All departments are connected to Library server through LAN
- Internet facility for students
- Circulation Desk
- Fumigation Machine
- Server Room
- Book exhibitions organised on various occasions
- CCTV Surveillance (nearly 8 cameras in Science &
The Library has a rich collection of about 1,00,000
(one lakh) books and journals. These include some rare
and priceless books and journals. About 1100 new books
are added every year. There are separate libraries for
Science and Humanities to provide better accommodation
and convenience. In addition to this, each department
has its own Departmental library managed by the
Following is the detailed description of books & journals added in the last 4 academic sessions: View List
Journals & Magazines
Apart from the e-resources, the library subscribes to around 12 journals and magazines.
- The library subscribes to INFLIBNET-NLIST https://nlist.inflibnet.ac.in/
- Other resources
Archive & Manuscript Section
The Archive of this heritage institution was
established in 2006 with grants from both State and
Central Governments. It is a rich resource comprising
documents that date back to the inception of the
college, i.e., 1879.
Currently, the Archive holds 240 Classified files, out of which, 145 are digitized, laminated and enlisted. 56 such files are bound, digitized, laminated and enlisted. There are also 09 unclassified files present in the archive. About 100 laminated old photographs are present in the archives. Some important files include a letter written by Chandramukhi Basu (1890), Principal Miss A.L. Janau's message to students (1917) and a letter written by Pritilata Waddedar (1931).
Rare Books :
About 160 Rare/Old books and other documents
published by Bethune College have been digitized.
At present 42 such books are present in the library.