Sivanath Sastri College
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|Location||Kolkata, West Bengal, India|
|Affiliations||University of Calcutta|
Sivanath Sastri College is an undergraduate college for women in Kolkata, India. It is affiliated with the University of Calcutta. The name commemorates the legacy of Brahmo social reformer Sivanath Sastri.
The library was founded on the ideals of the nineteenth century Brahmo educational movement with its focus on providing quality education to women as pioneered by Pandit Sivanath Sastri. Today even though it is hard-pressed for space and lacks desired manpower, the Sivanath Sastri college library continues with its mission to help the community to grow.
The library has a collection of more than 39,000 volumes which also include a small collection of conventional reference books. The library functions as a consortia of five separate units: the Central library, the Honours Seminar library, the Staff-room library, the Departmental library of Geography and the Departmental library of Botany. While all accredited users may access the Central library, access to the Honours Seminar library is restricted to the Honours students and teachers. The staffroom library is for class room reference, while the departmental libraries are for use by the teachers and the students of the respective departments. Apart from the books acquired under college grant and UGC grant there is a small collection of books donated by the users and well wishers named "Prafulla Chandra Roy Text Book Library".
The central library provides a large reading room capable of accommodating more than 70 readers at a time. Other facilities include the UGC book bank for needy students, access to the internet is also provided to the users at the central library. Readers have access to UGC INFLIBNET's N-LIST e-resource consortia for full text journals and e-books.
Computerization of the library
Computerized automation of the library started in 2004 using the WinISIS software. Responding to changes in technology, the library today uses the open source library management software Koha to meet its automation needs. The online public access catalog (OPAC) is available and can be accessed at http://ssclib-opac.l2c2.co.in/