The most pitiable person, according to Benjamin Franklin is one who caught in a house without books on a rainy day. This diagnosis for happiness and entertainment made by this scholar and statesman three centuries ago holds good even today. If educational institutions are the temples of learning, the Library is the sanctum sanctorum. Nirmala true to its motto “Knowledge Purifies,” has accorded a prime place to the adobe of books. Housed in a modern and aesthetically well-designed multi storeyed building, it evokes in one’s mind the colosseum at Rome of the ancient times. The library offers a feast to the intellectual appetite to satiate young minds. The library is the most frequented place in the college both by students and by the members of the staff. It houses 61661Books, 200 Journals and Magazines both National and International. It caters not only to the needs of Undergraduate and Postgraduate students but also to the requirements of the research scholars. The library is fully computerized with bar coding facility and the books are classified by Dewey decimal classification. The OPAC system enables the students to check the availability, status and the exact locations of the books. The bar coded ID cards help to systematize the day to day book transactions. Library is a three storeyed building, and is fully automated with a wide collection of the latest Books, Periodicals and CDs, which is updated every year. The library, which has an open access system, uses technology in efficient and innovative manner. The library functions in a networked environment, and maintains two servers and over 58 PCs to support its various operations and services. Electronic resources such as INFLIBNET- N List and NPTEL are made available to all members of the library via internet and the College intranet. The library also hosts DELNET, a digital repository of research. The main objectives of DELNET are to promote resource sharing among the member libraries by collecting, storing and disseminating information and provide networked services to researchers and scholars to supplement their research activity. It contains published articles, syllabi, conference papers, question papers, theses and other related documents, with full text wherever possible.
The library also houses rare books, and articles authored by faculty of the college. Ready reference books like encyclopedias, yearbooks, and dictionaries are also available on the ground floor. The digital library is used for orientation programmes, seminars and programmes on research methodology and training in the use of various databases.
One of the best practices of the General Library is the conduct of the Publishers Exhibition through a book exhibition.
Best user awards.
Quiz competition, Essay Competition.
Six months Certificate course in Library and Informative Science for UG and PG students which is been certified by Bharathair University.
The carpet area of the Library is about 20,200 Sq. feet.
The Library established in the year 1948. It covers an area of 20200 Sq.ft.
The library is closed on Sundays and other public holidays
The Library has a seating capacity for 250 users.
Nine members of staff are available in the library to caters to the information needs of the college community.
All the students,faculty and administrative staff of the College are the members of the Library. The Nirmala College Library also extends its membership to retired faculty and visitors.
Method of Classification - Dewey decimal classification
A separate theses section is available in the Library which holds M.Phil and Ph.D theses.
|JOURNALS & MAGAZINES||150|
|CD & DVDs||307|
|Audio Cassettes for Visually Challenged Students||1100|
Links to free e-books
E-theses: Links to Shodhganga & ETD
|Computerization of Library services|
|OPAC Online Public Access Catalogue|
|Orientation programme for the students|
|Display of new arrivals|
|Current Awareness Services|
|Book bank Scheme|
|Audio Visual Presentation|
|Safety measures (CCTVs)|
|Audio Visual facility|
|Talking Book Library for Visually Challenged Students|
SWAYAM is a programme initiated by Government of India and designed to achieve the three cardinal principles of Education Policy viz., access, equity and quality. The objective of this effort is to take the best teaching learning resources to all, including the most disadvantaged. SWAYAM seeks to bridge the digital divide for students who have hitherto remained untouched by the digital revolution and have not been able to join the mainstream of the knowledge economy. SWAYAM or Study Webs of Active – Learning for Young Aspiring Minds programme of Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, Professors of centrally funded institutions like IITs, IIMs, Central Universities offer online courses to citizens of India.It is an instrument for self-actualization providing opportunities for a Life-long learning. Here learner can choose from hundreds of courses, virtually every course that is taught at the university/ college/ school level and these shall be offered by the best teachers in India and elsewhere.
URL: Swayam Platform
The National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) was initiated by seven Indian Institutes of Technology (Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Guwahati and Roorkee) along with the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 2003. Five core disciplines were identified, namely, civil, computer science, electrical, electronics and communication, mechanical engineering and 235 courses in web/video format were developed in this phase. The main goal of NPTEL Phase II (2009-14) was to build on the engineering and core science courses launched previously in NPTEL Phase I. An additional 600 web and video courses were created in all major branches of engineering, physical sciences at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels and management courses at the postgraduate level. Several improvements such as indexing of all video and web courses and keyword search were implemented.