A quick review of the IDSA library, New Delhi

March 29, 2009 at 8:12 PM | Posted in Libraries, Reviews | Leave a comment

I was at the IDSA library on Friday; will visit more this week.

A quick review follows:

Infrastructure: Awesome, huge, beautiful,spacious. Nice bathrooms, Chakachak/bright (read waste of money). Alas I can’t find a photo of the library on the net. I think I will carry my camera on the next visit tomorrow.

Books/Catalogue: Good collection on its areas/ only one computer for students 😦 ; extremely slow computer; Irritating computer and OPAC search; I did look at shelves only; full freedom to surf shelves. Shelves not labelled, alas!

Staff: Cooperative but government staff types only! Eating on desk; talking/chatting in office/counter. An administrative staff wrote “on week” instead of ‘one week’ on my approval application for using the library.

Photocopying: 50 page limit with books; innovative photocopy man will do even the whole book bypassing the official rule! Hurrah!

Canteen: Awesome! Catering by Residency Hotels; so expensive! But normal thali for lesser mortals like me only 25 Rupees and quite good! 🙂

Overall : Okay and good! Nice place to spend time and study! If I had a girlfriend I would have passed some time with her there sitting on those exquisite furniture in the huge hexagonal exquisite naturally-lit, thinly populated library! 😀

This is from the IDSA website:

The IDSA library has an excellent collection of more than 50,000 books covering the areas of national security, defence strategy, international relations, conflict and peace studies and related subjects. The library also has a number of reports and CD-ROM databases. In addition, the library subscribes to over 350 current journals both in print as well as in electronic/online versions. The library’s  resources are heavily used by the Institute’s scholars, members of the Institute and other external users.

The library is fully computerised and its catalogue can be accessed by the institute’s researchers on their terminals. The CD-ROM databases and online journals can also be accessed by researchers similarly.


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