About Library

Know your Besant women’s College Library

“Library is the key to Knowledge of the world” - Jawaralal Nehru

             Our College Library was started along with the founding of the institution in 1977. The library of the college aims at developing a comprehensive collection of materials in the various streams of the college like Arts, Commerce, Humanities, Social Science and Science and Technology, giving vital support to teaching and research in the college. The library has grown over the years to be one of the best college libraries in the Mangalore city. The library operation is partially automated with Easy lib standard version Library Management System. The library holds a wealth of material which includes over 45,000 books and print and electronic journals. The library has incorporated newer dimensions to help students in acquiring excellence in their curricular and co-curricular pursuits.

                 The Library is spacious with a seating capacity of more than 200 includingwithboth UG and PG library. The Library has WIFI connectivity which enables the users to use their own Laptops within the campus. The PG library has a collection of more than three thousand books and subscribes to various electronic resources through Institutional memberships. More than 6000+ e journals and  30,000+ e books can be accessed under The Project entitled “National Library and Information Services Infrastructure for Scholarly Content (N-LIST)” of INFLIBNET Centre, Ahmedabad.

                 Library has initiated its Institutional Repository using DSPACE an Open Source Software. E contents like Lecture Notes, Student Project  Reports, Question Papers , Theses, Publications by faculty and students, College Magazines, Newsletters, E books, In house journal etc. are added to the repository and access is provided   within the campus between 9 am to 5 p.m.

                We provide Library services to Faculty, Students, Non- teaching Staff, old Students and staff of our sister concerns. We follow Dewey decimal classification system.


 4.2.1-Library as a learning resource

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 Amount spent on Books and journals (in Lakhs)

























 Total Books collection of the Library: 45,342 (As on 31/03/2023)

Text books                                       :         15,788

Reference books                             :         24,078

Book bank books                            :         4184

PG books                                         :         1,292

Total Periodicals of the Library    :         18

Journals                                            :         11

Magazines                                        :         07

Total number of News papers      :         06

Kannada                                           :         03

English                                              :           03


Working hours

Monday to Friday from 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M

Saturday from 8.30 A.M. to 1.30 P.M.

Library will be kept closed on all Sundays and Govt. holidays.

Any changes in timings are intimated through the Library Notice Board.

Library borrowing facility

Students are entitled to borrow 2 books at a time. The loan period is 7 days for students. In case of exigency, books will be called back from all users. Return on the same day of issue is not allowed.

Books issued need to be checked for their condition before leaving the Issue counter. If you find any damage to the book, kindly bring it to the notice of the Library staff. Marking, Writing, and folding pages are considered as damage to the book.


OVER NIGHT FACILITY Issue: 3:30 PM onwards

Return: Before 10 AM



We are a member of INFLIBNET you can access online journals and E-Books by logging http://nlist.inflibnet.ac.in


E-Journals (Fulltext)

American Institute of Physics (18 titles)

American Physical Society (10 titles)

Annual Reviews(33 titles)

Cambridge University Press (224 titles)

Economic and Political Weekly (EPW) (1 titles)

Indian Journals (150 titles)

Institute of Physics (46 titles)

Oxford University Press (206 titles)

Royal Society of Chemistry (29 titles)

W. Wilson (1420 titles)



E-brary (45000+ titles)

Oxford Scholarship (902 titles)

Net Library (936 titles)

MyiLibrary-McGraw Hill (1308 titles)


Major Services provided in the library:

➢ Lending Service

➢ Reference Service

➢ User Orientation

➢ Overnight Service  

➢ News Paper Clippings  

➢ Inter Library Loan

➢ Book Bank Service

➢ Access to E- Resources

➢ CAS ( Current awareness services)

➢ Reprography Service ( Xerox)

➢ Computer with Internet facility

➢ Access to N-LIST Resources

➢ New Arrivals Display

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