The Library of the Regional Centre is located in A.C. Joshi library Building, Panjab University Campus, Sector -14, Chandigarh. The Library caters to the needs of students, research scholars, faculty members of the Panjab University and social scientist of the North Western region of India.
The Library remains open for consultation from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m Monday to Friday and from 9 a.m to 3 p.m on Saturdays. There are three sections in the Library. The Seminar/News clipping Section and Books Section, having segregated reading spaces for consulting seminar papers and books, etc for the Research scholars and the main Reading Hall having ample sitting capacity for the Library users.
Services & Facilities
The computer units were provided in the Library with free internet access to the Library users visiting the library for their research interests in field of social sciences.
The Wi-Fi facilities and multiple electric extension boards were provided to the students so they can use their Laptops with free Internet accessibility for their academic activities.
Books, Journals & Research Papers
The library is currently subscribing to Social Science journals, some are of foreign publications and remaining are Indian journals. These include Sage Online Journals in social sciences, which can be accessed by the Research scholars and Faculty members of the University, in the Panjab University Campus and Outside through remote access. Apart from these we have subscribed journals in the field of social sciences in Punjabi language under the budget head : Regional Language journals to promote social science in Punjabi language in the region.
The ICSSR library maintains a vast collection of books in the field of social sciences. In addition ICSSR library serves as the major reference point for scholars in the field of social sciences.
ICSSR Library is a resource centre for numerous research papers in the field of social science. ICSSR Library is subscribing to several dailies in English, Punjabi & Hindi published in the region.
Back Volumes of Journals
TThe library is currently subscribing to Social Science journals, some are of foreign publications and remaining are Indian journals. These include Online Journals in social sciences, which can be accessed by the Research scholars and Faculty members of the University, in the Panjab University Campus. Apart from these we are subscribing journals in regional language ( i.e. Punjabi language ) to promote social sciences in Punjabi language in the region.
The ICSSR library maintains a vast collection of books in the field of social sciences. In addition ICSSR library serves as the major reference point for scholars and social science fraternity for social science research in the north western region of the country.
Currently, library is subscribing to e- Library resource i.e. ‘PROWESS IQ Database / CMIE which is of immense benefit to students, research scholars and social science fraternity especially, to Management, Economics and Other social sciences. As it is interactive query-able database of financial and corporate information of the listed and unlisted companies in India.
ICSSR Library is a resource centre for numerous research papers & seminar papers and other library material in the field of social science.
Back Volumes of Journals
The Library has large collection of bound journals covering different fields of social sciences, since its inception. There is separate area allocated to keep the back volumes of journals.
The library maintains clipping files of the select newspapers in English and Punjabi. The Clipping files pertain to the states falling in the jurisdiction of the Regional Centre and on issues of relevance to the country as a whole. These files cover the relevant information of some academic value on Economic, Political and Social aspects of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Chandigarh.
The Library has over the years has vast collection of the Seminar titles in various topics/trends/problems/aspects/views of social sciences, held at various places in the North Western Region of India . These seminars were organized by different Colleges, Institutions, Departments of the Universities of the Region, are sponsored/ financed by ICSSR North Western Regional Centre, Chandigarh
The Librarian provides the reference services to the Library users ( i.e. Students, Research Scholars, Faculty members of the Universities and colleges) visiting the ICSSR NWRC Library. The dissemination of information regarding library facilities and services, contents and materials, documents relevant are provided to the Library users.
The document/book processing i.e. accessing, labeling, Classification, cataloging are regularly maintained. The subscription of Journals, Reminders for missing journals, Record keeping of subscribed journals are maintained.
Publications of ICSSR NWRC Library
Social Scientists Register : North Western Region, India
Recently, prepared a Directory of social scientists of the region which provides information of the eminent social scientists covering their Designation, Department and name of University, area of specializations and contact details i.e. email & phone numbers. This initiative is undertaken to harness the vast human resources/ intellects in social sciences available in the region for promoting the research activities for the benefit of the Social science academic community and the society.
Social Science News Index
It is a quarterly publication based on clipping of news and views of some academic merit in English language newspapers namely the Times of India, Hindustan Times, The Tribune, Indian Express, Financial Express and Economic Times and Samajik Vigyan Khabar Suchi, index is based on clipping files of Punjabi language newspapers. The Suchi is published in the months of April, July, October and January each year, up to 2013.
Social Science Documentation List
This list indexes those social science journals which are not being covered by either the Social Sciences Index or the Guide to Indian Periodical Literature, but were of subscribed journals of the library of the Regional Centre, up to 2012.
The Regional Centre brings out thematic bibliographies in the field of social sciences which are prepared on special occasions like important Conferences, etc or the themes suggested by the senior social scientists and were compiled from time to time.
Subject Index to Seminars
The Regional Centre had compiled seminar papers presented in the seminars, sponsored, financed and facilitated by our Regional Centre. The Subject Index to seminar papers were compiled from the period 1985-89 and 1990 to 2003 in the year 2006 and 2005, respectively.
Article Alert Lists
This service provides details about table of contents of the Online journals (Sage publications) subscribed by ICSSR Library. It enables research scholars and faculty members of social science departments of the Panjab University to get to know the articles published in the recent volumes of the Online Journals through emails.
Library Digitization & Personnel Development
The digitization of the records (books, etc) of ICSSR Regional Library is under progress. Making efforts to meet the emerging needs of the library users and to introduce the various advanced services to the students in the near future, such as digitization of the Library and preparation of Union Catalogue under “Unite Through Union Catalogue” programme of Indian Council of Social Science Research Centre, New Delhi.
The digital database of collection of journals of ICSSR NWRC Library has been prepared for resource sharing purposes, as NASSDOC plans to compile a Union Catalogue of Journals of ICSSR Research Institutes, Regional Centres and NASSDOC. The proposed Union Catalogue will help the participating Library in finding the availability of particular journal or article in the library and in case of need arises, the photocopy/ lending of article/journal as inter-library loan can be provided.
Mr.Vinod Sharma, Library Assistant, has been working for last 19 years with the qualification of M.Phil. (Library and Information sciences) with first division and submitted his dissertation entitled “Approach of I.C.S.S.R Regional centre, Chandigarh in promoting social sciences and periodical use pattern of the social scientists”. Master in Library & Information Sciences, M.A. (History), PG-DCA, PG-M&SM.