Brief Introduction

Name of Unit:

University Library

Correspondence address

Bihar Agricultural University,
Sabour, Bhagalpur – 813 210

Phone No.:

+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 makes collection building of about 4,000 / 5,000 titles under different schemes of University / ICAR. Some of the holdings (Books and Journals) are of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. These are the rare and valuable documents of this University library. The Library has a total of 45,000 books including volumes of Journals. It subscribes 74 Foreign & Indian Journals and 31 news papers including popular magazines. Library has acquired data bases like: AGRIS, AGRICOLA, CABSAC, HORT CD and CROP CD since 1973. It has 680 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.

It had been published during 1686-89-1703 by Henry Southern Company, Piccadilly West. These publications are original in nature and very rare and scripted in Latin, Arabic, Brahmi (Sanskrit) and Malayalam with 794 beautifully engraved black and white plates. These books deal 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.

It had been published during 1764-1766 by R. Davis, London. These books deal with marketing of agricultural products along with the art, commerce and manufacturing. These are available 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.

It had been published by George Nicol, Book Seller to His Majesty, London during the period 1795-1819. These volumes deal with coastal plants of Coromandel contains 300 beautiful coloured engraved plates of different plants with their generic characters, description and observations in English. These coloured engraved plates are still intact with no sign of fading of their colours and are very lively and beautiful for the benefit of botanist and allied subject’s users.

(iv) Mahatma Gandhi:


Above is collection of 500 photographs gathered from different sources scattered throughout 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.


Library Resource Developments

During the period of 2010-2011 to 2015-2016, the following information resources / items were added:

Items

2010-2011

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015 2015-2016

Books for University Library

355

2,649

1,516

663

2,088 831

Books for College Libraries

NIL

2,713

1,824

NIL

--- 4,268

Subscription of Journals

40

40

72

72

74 74

Theses

5

2

7

10

33 78

Photocopier Machine

NIL

NIL

2 including one colour

NIL

NIL 1

Computer Systems

2

NIL

16

2

NIL 5

Wi-Fi Systems

NIL

NIL

2

NIL

NIL NIL

Linux Based Server 

NIL

NIL

NIL

1

NIL NIL

Online UPS of 5 KVA

NIL

1

NIL

1

NIL NIL

e-Resources

NIL

NIL

CeRA, CAB Abstract, CABI e-Books & e-Theses

CeRA, CAB Abstract, CABI e-Books, e-Theses & Krishikosh

CeRA, CAB Abstract, CABI e-Books, e-Theses & Krishikosh CeRA, CAB Abstract, CABI e-Books, Elsevier e-Books, e-Theses & Krishikosh

Modernization

The library has twenty five computer systems with internet facilities in which five computers have been added recently. We have acquired IP addresses and two Wi-Fi systems have been set up to online access of the e-resources. Three photocopier machines including one colour with networking and duplex facilities have been acquired for the users. One comb-binding machine and one lamination machine have been acquired in the library.

E-Resources

The library has acquired online access of CAB Abstract with 900 full text journals, full access of 1,150 CABI e-Books and full access of 156+ Elsevier e-Books. It has also online access of 3,553 full text journals through CeRA, 490 open access journals on Agricultural Science, access of Krishikosh and 8,096 e-Theses from Krishi Prabha. All College Libraries of the University have also been given online access of all the e-resources.

Automation and Digitization

Automation and Digitization of library documents has initiated and till date most of new arrivals have been entered in database. Web-OPAC of University Library and Digital Repository of BAU publications are available at BAU web site for end users. Our University has been included in Krishikosh for digital repository of BAU publications. For this, University had also been included in the NAIP Sub-project entitled: “Strengthening of Digital Library and Information Management under NARS (e-Granth)”. 

Consortia

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

Teaching Programme 

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

Looking Forward

New building of University Library with modern facilities will be built. Modernization of University Library for setting up an e-library and digital library are in progress. E-resources and the subscription of Indian / Foreign Journals for University Library will be enhanced.

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

 J.R.A.

- -

 4.           

 Sri Manoj Kumar Ram

 Field Overseer

- -

 5.           

 Smt. Anita Jha

 Lab. Attendant    

- -

 6.       

 Sri Om Prakash Choudhary

 Peon  

- -
 

Brief CV of Dr. Rajesh Kumar:

Dr. Rajesh Kumar, M.Sc. (Math.), M. Lib. & Inf. Sc. (Gold Medalist), Ph.D., Associate Librarian, University Library at Bihar Agricultural University, Sabour, Bhagalpur, had served as 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 5 research papers to his credit 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.