About The Library

The Central Library of Kumaun University in Nainital was established in the year 1973 and has since grown to house a very rich collection of books spanning various branches of knowledge. Serving as the nerve centre of the university, this library operates under the supervision of a Deputy Librarian, ensuring its smooth and efficient functioning. To enhance user convenience and streamline processes, an automated circulation counter has been made available for the issue, return, and renewal of books. Additionally, the library has adopted an "Open Access system," allowing users greater freedom in accessing its resources. Overall, a well-stocked library like this is considered a valuable asset to the university, providing essential support to students, faculty, and researchers in their academic and research endeavors.

Vision of the Library

  • To serve as a knowledge hub of the University.
  • To inculcate reading habits among the students and teaching community.
  • To help rural students to enrich their knowledge to create better world for themselves.
  • Central Library is moving from print to electronic medium (i.e. e books & e journals).
  • Library is moving towards fully automated. (RFID).

Objectives of the Library

  • Cultivate reading habits among students and teaching community.
  • Provide accessibility to information in a well organized and coherent manner.
  • Provide facilities and services for teaching community and students to discover needed information and use them according to their needs.
  • Develop an efficient and effective library which is adaptable to the changing academic environment.

Layout of Library

The Central Library Building is located in the vicinity of Kumaun University admin block.

  • Librarian Office
  • Baggage Counter
  • Log-In/Log-Out for Students/Faculty
  • Display of New Arrivals
  • Drinking Water (RO Purifier)
  • Automated Circulation Counter
  • Reference Section
  • Internet centre for students & faculty
  • Periodical Section: Journals /Magazines (27)
  • Newspapers Section (04)
  • Toilet for staff /users

1. E-SHODHSINDHU: e-ShodhSindhu is an initiative of Consortium for Higher Education Electronics Resources by Ministry of Education.

2. SHODHSHUDDHI (OURIGINAL): The Govt. of India was to provide Plagiarism Detection Software to all Indian Universities/Institutions including Central Universities, State Universities, Deemed to be Universities, Private Universities, Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs), Institute of National importance (INIs), Inter University Centres of UGC (IUCs). The INFLIBNET Centre is a nodal agency to execute the project/initiative under the aegis of Ministry of Education.

Open Access Initiative

1. SHODHGANGA: SHODHGANGA is a digital repository set-up for submission of electronic versions of theses and dissertations by students / research scholars in universities in India and make them available in open access to the world-wide academic community in response to the UGC Notification (Minimum Standards & Procedure for Award of M.Phil. / Ph.D Degree, Regulation, 2009 and amendment made in 2016) where-in the responsibility of maintaining the digital repository of Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) is assigned to the INFLIBNET Centre.

2. SHODHGANGOTRI: Under this initiative, research scholars/research supervisors in universities could deposit an electronic version of approved synopsis submitted by research scholars to the universities for registering themselves under the PhD programme.

E-Content Development & Services

ILMS: ILMS i.e. INFLIBNET Learning Management Service is offered by the Information and Library Network Centre (An IUC of UGC) to the institutions of higher education across the country


SAGE 102 Visit Website
PEARSON 54 Visit Website
ELSEVIOUR 121 Visit Website
GALE database (Biotechnology) 08 Visit Website
Art & Science Academic Publications (ASAP) for Botany, Chemistry 07 Visit Website
E-Book Collection (EBSCOhost) for multidiscipline 1,60,000 Visit Website
Himalaya eBooks (Commerce) 48 Visit Website
JSTORE, ISID AND Web of Science (Collection of Journals) 03 Visit Website 1   Visit Website 2
Springer Link 1700 Collection and Nature Journal and Taylor and Francis Collection of Journals Visit Website

ICT Enabled Library Services

  • Computerized issue/return of books.
  • ETDs Lab for e-journals Retrieval.
  • CCTV-cameras installed in the library.
  • Plagiarism detection software(URKUND).
  • Creating Institutional domain ids for the stakeholder of library (Google G-suite)
  • Remote access software such as Remote log by OCLC has been deployed for outside users.


  • Circulation
  • Access to E-Books & E-Journals
  • IP Remote Access
  • Open Access System
  • Display of New Arrivals of Books
  • Display of New Arrivals of Journals
  • Internet Facility for Students & Faculty
  • Reference Service
  • Reading Room Facility
  • Thesis and Archives
  • Periodicals Service
  • Reprographic Service
  • Inter Library loan service

Library Automation

Library automation refers to the utilization of data processing machines, specifically computers, to execute traditional library tasks such as acquisitions, cataloguing, circulation, serial control, and other related activities. The Central Library of Kumaun University has embraced this technological advancement by adopting various Library Management Systems (LMS) over the years. Since 2007, the library has been utilizing Alice for Window as its primary automation system. Furthermore, in 2020, the library incorporated E-Granthalaya 4.0 LMS, which is hosted on the cloud and developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) in New Delhi. It's worth noting that work is still in progress concerning this system. Additionally, demonstrating its commitment to preserving historical literature and making it accessible to a broader audience, the library has digitized 850 books published before 1950. These digitized books are now available for access at dli.ernet.in, contributing to the digitization and preservation of valuable literary works for future generations.