Top 10 Reading Libraries To Visit In Orrisa

Albert Einstein once said, the only thing you absolutely have to know is the location of the library. The state, home to the largest kitchen in the world, in Jagannath Puri, isn’t just famous for the ancient rocks of Mayurbhanj, the 600 grand temples in its capital or being home to the largest saltwater lagoon in the world in the form of Chilika lake, but also inhabits some of the country’s best libraries. In the nonstop tsunami of global information, libraries provide us with floaters and give us a chance to swim. A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life. Here are the top 10 libraries, possessed by Orissa, which come attached with a must-go tag, for all the bibliophiles visiting the state.

Top 10 Reading Libraries In Orrisa

First Library you must visit In Orrisa

KSOM Library

KSOM Library

As a part of the various facilities extended by the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, the library is an integral part of the knowledge imparted to the students here. The library has a broad collection of information resources and innovative information services plays a vital role in the innovative pursuits of the academic community here. The library has been automated using LS Primea and the resources can be searched by an online catalogue. Collections are bar coded here and the range of resources available extends from books, periodicals, newspapers to training videos and electronic library.

Second Library you must visit In Orrisa

NISER Library

NISER Library

The library has always been considered as an integral part of NISER started at the time of its inception in 2007. It was started with acquisition of curriculum textbooks to serve students.  The library is open on all days of the year with difference in timings on days of statutory holidays. The objective of the library includes the support required in fulfilling the information need of parent institute, build and preserve collection of specialized literature in the fields of science and technology. NISER Library connects people with information by providing diverse resources and services to the academic and researcher communities. NISER Library develops and maintains a broad array of information resources, including e-journal subscriptions, digital repositories and specialized collections crossing subjects. NISER Library connects people with information by providing diverse resources and services to the academic and researcher communities. NISER Library develops and maintains a broad array of information resources, including e-journal subscriptions, digital repositories and specialized collections crossing subjects.

Third Library you must visit In Orrisa

Harekrushna Mahtab State Library

Harekrushna Mahtab State Library

The concept of Harekrushna Mahtab State Library was conceived during 1st Five Year Plan under the suggestion of Government of India and was completed in 1959 with a majestic building. It is enshrined within a beautiful land of a prime location of the Capital City, Bhubaneswar. In 1967, it was named as Gandhi Bhawan commemorating birth centenary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation. The State Library was located in this building, but in a corner. In 1987, it was renovated and entire space of the four storied building was utilized for the functioning of two Libraries i.e. State Library for the entire State of Orissa and another Public Library for Bhubaneswar City. The library is divided into administrative, technical and readers division, for convenience.

Fourth Library you must visit In Orrisa

Bakul Library

Bakul Library

Bakul is a modern attempt to encourage the concept of volunteerism in Odisha. It believes in the motto, ‘if not us, then who? if not now, then when ?’  It aims to explore what can happen if like-minded individuals came together. The main library of Bakul is a three storied building with each floor for usage by an exclusive crowd.  The space has been provided by schools and philanthropists, the books are mostly donated by people from all walks of life. No funding agency has been involved—books are either donated directly or purchased with cash donations. As word spreads, hundreds of books from across the country are reaching the Foundation to be distributed among its libraries. The libraries have over 50,000 books at present, including the 20,000 volumes in the main one in Bhubaneswar.

Fifth Library you must visit In Orrisa

AS reading Room and Library

AS reading Room and Library

Following the footsteps of an upcoming concept, the popularity of reading rooms has certainly been on the rise, in recent surveys. This library provides the comfort of having your own small self study area along with a wide range of books available for students, job aspirants and working professionals. With a limited number of seats kept for usage, the additional privilege of reading with a small crowd, adds on to the peaceful atmosphere of one’s reading experience.

Sixth Library you must visit In Orrisa

Kanika Library

Kanika Library

Established in 1922 and named after Sri Rajendra Narayan Bhanjadeo, Raja of Kanika, this Library of Ravenshaw College, is the oldest and largest library of Odisha. Since its inception as a university in 2006, the library has undergone major changes in sync with the changing needs of the times specifically to cater to the needs of an upcoming university population as well as the civil society in general. The dominant step in this regard has been to encourage an integrated library management system to augment the resource planning system, namely cataloguing and circulation of resource base of the library through an online mode. The other step of this plan has been a concerted idea and effort to develop a digital library with a focused collection of digital objects like texts, visual materials, audio/ video materials stored and retrieved through electronic media formats. This drive has also entailed a detailed process of preservation and digitalization of the old and tattered printed resources of rare category sources, bundled up and dumped in store rooms.

Seventh Library you must visit In Orrisa

ITER Central Library

ITER Central Library

The engineering Library is located at ITER, the Faculty of Engineering and Technology of the SOA. It has a qualified professional staff and is fully computerized with LibSys Library Software for its Circulation, Acquisition and Cataloguing activities. It has the added facilities of a seating capacity for 1500 students along with a well-furnished infrastructure, air-conditioned rooms with 5 floors. The library is made available to reference and text books for usage by the staff and students, alike.

Eighth Library you must visit In Orrisa

Parija Library

Parija Library

The central library of Utkal University, is named after its first Vice Chancellor, Professor Pranakrushna Parija, and is one of the finest libraries in the state of Odisha. It was set up in 1946 in Cuttack, and shifted to the campus of Utkal University in Bhubaneswar in 1962. The building of the library, an impressive edifice, is spread over a large area and comprises a spacious reading room, along with  periodical, reference, manuscript, documentation, text-book and administrative sections. The holdings of the library consist of more than 2,00,000 books and 5800 rare manuscripts. It aims to serve the information needs of its wide range of users, and provides them access to e-resources. The faculty, students, research scholars and employees of the University find Parija Library a boon to the learning environment prevalent in the campus.

Ninth Library you must visit In Orrisa

OUAT Library

OUAT Library

Central Library, being an integral part to the education and research system, is playing a vital role in the Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT). It is responsible for providing  information, support and functions as a driving factor for academic and research fields around which the progress of university is recognized. The Central Library serves a wide range of users including undergraduate students, postgraduate students, research scholars, scientists, teachers, administrators and other staff/employees of the university present in headquarters and other outlying colleges and research stations, to list. The various services provided by the library are : lending service database of current journals, current affairs, service textbook bank, inter-library loan, reprography service, reference service etc.

Tenth Library you must visit In Orrisa

VSSUT Library

VSSUT Library

The Library of Veer Surendra Sai University Of Technology is the largest technical library of the State. A separate library building has come up with the assistance from the State Govt. and U.G.C. It has started functioning in its newly constructed building since July, 1997.The new library building is a three storied building with different sections of the library designed on different floors, like the ground floor is used for the Circulation Section and the General book Bank. The first floor houses the Journal Section, Reference Section, Reprographic Section and the Administrative Section of the Library. The top floor is used for TextBook Section. With a reading hall which can fit 100 students, a portion of this floor is also used for housing the SC/ST Book Bank. The total collection of the Library is more than 70,000 volumes including Photostat and microfilms. About 70% of the total collection is of Engineering disciplines and balance 30% is of Science, Humanities and General reference type. The library has one microfilm reader for reading microfilms.

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