Central Library is in TCIRD Building Thapar Technology Campus, Patiala.
The Library is open 24 hours.
Lending services are available Monday to Saturday 8.00 AM to 8.30 PM.
Library Resources (Print Collection)
The Library has a total collection about 60,000 printed volumes including books, textbooks, standards and theses & dissertations. Books are organized on open access shelves in various collections.
General Collection: This is the largest collection of books in the library. Books for professional reading, research and supplementary texts are kept in this collection.
Reference Collection: While most books are available for loan books in Reference Section, Theses & Dissertations, Periodicals and Standards can be consulted within the library. subject to copyright regulations reference material can be photocopied. Photocopy Service is available in the library.
Textbooks Collection: Textbooks for undergraduate courses are kept in a separate collection. Since only a limited number of copies of each title are available, students are encouraged to buy their own textbooks. attractive discounts have been arranged from some book dealers to Institute Students.
Book Bank: Students can also avail of Book Bank facility which is maintained with the grant from the Central and State Government. The facility is meant primarily for students of weaker sections allows lending of textbooks for the whole semester.
Light Reading Collection: While the strength of collection lies in technical subjects, an impressive light reading (leisure, sports, fiction, self-development) collection is available for loan.
Course Material: Course material in a large number of subjects, prepared by experts under the sponsorships of agencies such as All India Technical Education are very good help for studies. You may find these course materials in the General Books section. In due course, web based course ware will be made available online.
Journals and Magazines: Only journals with professional and research orientation are subscribed by the Central library. General magazines etc are mostly subscribed by hostel libraries. Library subscribes to several daily newspapers including on each in Hindi and Punjabi are subscribed by the regularly.
Search Complete Journals catalogue
Links to E-journals
Question Papers: Question papers of past years are available at the Help Desk for reference. You can make photocopies of relevant papers on charge basis. We are making efforts to make the papers available in electronic form.
The library has established access to a large number of online and CD-ROM based electronic information resources, such as bibliographic databases and electronic journals. Theses and dissertations submitted to the Institute in electronic format since 2003 are also now available online on DSpace server.
How to locate books in the Library
If you are looking for all the books on a particular subject, it is convenient to browse the shelves for that subject. Library books are arranged within each collection by their Subject Codes using Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) System.
DDC uses a hierarchical coding system which means sub groups fall within the same array of codes. For example-
Civil Engineering 624
Bridge Engineering 624.2
DDC codes for other main subject groups are:
000-099 General Works
300-399 Social Sciences
500-599 Natural Sciences
600-699 Applied Sciences
900-999 History & Geography Contents
OPAC - Online Public Access Catalogue
All the books may not be available on the shelf as many of them might have been borrowed by other members. To see a complete list of books on a particular subject one should look at the library catalogue. Library catalogue can also be used for checking particular titles by author's name, key-word or title. Library catalogue is computerized and can be accessed from a terminal in the library. Library catalogue can also be searched using a common web browser from any terminal located on the Campus.
Assistance in searching the catalogue or locating books is available from the Help Desk.
Suggestions for New Books: Library members are encouraged to suggest new books for additions to the Library. Suggestion forms are available at the Help Desk. Please route your requests through the Head of your Department/School. Books that can be useful in study or research to members are procured. Please do not forget to check the New Acquisition display racks for recently acquired titles.
After selecting your books from the library shelves please present the same at the lending counter along with your membership card. Only members are entitled to borrow books from the library. If you are not already a member you may enroll yourself at the Help Desk, where a copy of Library Rules outlining the borrowing privileges and other terms is also available. In case the book that you wish to borrow is not readily available on the shelf you may request the same to be reserved for you. The library operations are fully automated. You may enquire about status of your loans, reservations etc any time at the Help Desk.
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