Library Collection

Books

The well-designed University Library, with more than 1,78960 books , Journals (345) and monographs and caters to the needs of the students ,research community and the public. A few rare personal collections of great scholars however procured. Mention may be made of an old collection procured from the first mobile library started in 1931 at Mannargudi.

India Office Library Records (1600-1900) are available in Microfilm. Scholars of repute, researchers and students frequently visit the library for reference. Moreover, a current awareness service, selective dissemination of Information and reprographic service are offered to them. Apart from the availability of photostat machine, materials such as linguaphone records, audio cassettes, video cassettes and CD’s are available for reference in the Library.

Journal Back Issues

Tamil Dailies and weeklies have been purchased from 1982, when the Library was started. All these back issues are preserved for the benefit of researchers. Besides several very rare journal copies, donated by various scholars, are also preserved in the library.

Private Collections

Several scholars have contributed their books to the Tamil University and they are preserved in the Library. Many patrons and scholars have donated rare books to the Library.

Restricted Maps and Other Maps

Restricted Survey of India Maps have been purchased and preserved. In addition, maps of many countries are preserved in the Library

India Office Records – Microfilm Collections

The India Office records pertaining to the British rule India from ca. 1600 to 1900 are preserved in the form of Microfilm.

Children’s Library

It contains about 500 books. Most of them are related to general knowledge, basic science, moral tales and jokes. There are some pictorial fictions, attracting youngsters to read.

Computer Information Centre

An information database of all the theses that were produced on topics related to Tamil Nadu from the year 1857. Library automation Software has been purchased and the Tamil and English books are being listed in digital media. CD-ROMs on various subjects have been collected and they are available for the use of researchers.

Extension Activities

User Orientation Programmes are arranged for the first year students of various courses of the University, so that they get easy access to the resources of the university.

The conference hall at the Library is being used by the research students and other students of the University for conducting meetings and coaching classes.