Library

Name of Unit:                                                                                University Library

Correspondence address with Phone No.:                         Bihar Agricultural University,

            Sabour, Bhagalpur – 813 210

            Phone:  +91-641-2451700

Brief Introduction:                                                

The library was established in 1908 with the start of Agricultural Experiment Station and Agricultural School at Sabour. It continued with its basic activities of information resources development by collecting, processing, organizing, storage and retrieval of information; maintaining liaison with other related University libraries for resource sharing and exchange of information; providing need based current awareness, reference and bibliographic services and facilitating online access to wide range of information resources in print and electronic versions. Open access system is followed in the Library and the books are arranged as per Dewey Decimal Classification scheme and catalogued as per A.A.C.R.-II.

During every financial year library procures about 400 / 500 titles under different schemes of University / ICAR. Some of the holdings (Books and Journals) are of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Those are the rare documents of this University library. The Library has a total of 42,203 books and back volumes of Journals. It subscribes 40 Indian Journals and 14 news papers including popular magazines. Library has acquired data bases like: AGRIS, AGRICOLA, CABSAC, HORT CD, CROP CD since 1973. It has 552 theses of M.Sc. and Ph.D. scholars. Library provides services like: E-Access, CD-Rom Search, Photocopying, Circulation, Reference, Book Bank, Resource Sharing and Clipping, etc.

The library has the rare privilege of possessing, some unique books which are over 300 years old and were procured in the year 1913.

 

(i)  HORTUS MALABARICUS: 12 VOLS.

Published in 1686-89-1703 by Henry Southern Company, Piccadilly West. This publication is original in nature and very rare and in scripted in Latin, Arabic, Brahmi (Sanskrit) and Malayalam with 794 beautifully engraved black and white plates. The book deals with different horticultural plants located at Malabar Hills in peninsular India. There is a separate commentary on all the 12 Vols. for its description written by Francis Hamilton published in 1821 in English language for the benefit of the users who are not conversant with above 4 languages.

(ii)  MUSEUM RUSTICUM ET. COMMERCIAL: 6 VOLS.

Published in 1764-1766 by R. Davis, London. The book deals with marketing of agricultural products along with the art, commerce and manufacture. These are in the form of letters from various experts in their own field narrating experiences to the editor MUSEUM RUSTICUM ET. COMMERCIAL on the topics mentioned earlier.

(iii)  PLANTS OF COAST OF COROMANDEL: 3 VOLS.

Published by George Nicol, Book Seller to His Majesty, London in 1795-1819. The book deals with coastal plants of Coromandel contains 300 beautiful colored engraved plates of different plants with their generic characters, description and observations in English. These colored engraved plates are still intact with no signs of fading of their colors and are very lively and beautiful for the benefit of botanist and other users.

(iv)  Mahatma Gandhi:

A collection of 500 photographs gathered from sources all over the world brought out by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to enshrine the life and work of Father of the Nation and published in 1954.

 

Teaching Programme

Under P.G. Programme an introductory course Library and Information Services has been introduced as Compulsory Course for Master’s Programme in all disciplines and optional for Ph.D. scholars.

 

Modernization

The library has eight computer systems with internet facilities. The library has acquired online access of CAB Abstract with 700 full text journals and trial access of CABI e-Books. It has also online access of full text journals through CeRA, open access journals on Agricultural Science and e-Theses from Krishi Prabha.

    

Consortia

The University Library is a member of Consortium for e-Resources in Agriculture (CeRA) and Krishi Prabha. E-Journals of American Society of Agronomy, Annual Reviews, CSIRO, Elsevier, IndianJournals.com, Oxford Journals, Springer Link and Taylor & Francis are available through CeRA.   

 

LOOKING FORWARD:

1. New building of University Library with modern facilities will be built.

2. Automation and Digitization of University Library will be done shortly.

3. Modernization of University Library is in process.

4. E-resources and the subscription of Indian / Foreign Journals for University Library will be enhanced.

 

Contact details of the Staffs:

Teaching

Sl.No.

Name

Designation

Phone

E-mail

1.

Dr. Rajesh Kumar

Associate Librarian

0641-2451700

rajeshbau99@gmail.com

Non Teaching

1.

Sri Vijay Kumar Ram

Clerk

 

 

2.

Sri Bhudeo Pd. Yadav

Clerk

 

 

3.

Sri Bhartendra Pd. Singh

Field Overseer

 

 

4.

Sri Manoj Kumar Ram

Lab. Assistant

 

 

5.

Smt. Anita Jha

Lab. Attendant

 

 

6.

Sri Om Prakash Choudhary

Peon

 

 

 

Brief CV of Dr. Rajesh Kumar:

Rajesh Kumar, M.Sc. (Math.), M. Lib. & Inf. Sc. (Gold Medalist), Ph.D. has been working as Associate Librarian, University Library at Bihar Agricultural University, Sabour, Bhagalpur since 6th Feb. 2012. Earlier he served as a Librarian / Information Scientist at Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES) (formerly State Observatory), Manora peak, Nainital for 17 years. He received advanced training in Computer Application, Library Software, Library Automation and Digitization. He has published 5 research papers besides several Academic Reports. He has guided Master of Philosophy in Library & Information Science and several students have completed dissertation of M. Lib. & Inf. Sc. and training of professional works under his guidance / supervision. He has participated in the several National and International professional workshops, seminars, consortium and conferences. He is also teaching post-graduate course Library and Information Services for M.Sc. & Ph.D. students of the University.

 

 

 

 

 
From VC's Desk...

Dr. M.L. Choudhary acquired Master’s Degree in Horticulture from Banaras Hindu University; Doctorate in Horticulture from Banaras Hindu University and Post Doctorate from USA during 1992-95....

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