10 Facts you should know about Hansa Mehta Library in Vadodara

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Shrimati Hansa Mehta Library, Every Fellow Barodian gets into the memories of their college life after listening to these words. The University Library of The MS University started functioning from 1957. It is named after Smt. Hansaben  Mehta, first Honourable Vice Chancellor of this University.

In the present article, we will tell you about some facts, reading which you will surely feel proud of your Alma Mater.

1. No. of Books

The Library started with a collection of 25,000 books. Now, It is having a collection of 5,54,886  including bound journals as on date and is the only Library in the country using Library of Congress Classification scheme.

2. Free WiFi for Students

This is the first Library in the State to provide Wi-Fi facility catering to the educational needs of the academic fraternity of The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Universities, and Institutes of Higher Learning around Baroda since 2004.

3. Fully Air Conditioned Library

It is the first University Library in the state of Gujarat which is fully air conditioned.  

4. A Large Reading Room

The Library incorporates a large Reading Room of 10,600 sq. ft. capacity. As many as 1600 readers at a time can sit and read peacefully from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm i.e. 12 hours a day throughout the year except National holidays.

5. Inter-Library Loan Service

The Hansa Mehta Library is a Document Delivery service Centre with 21 other Universities in the country to provide Inter-Library Loan service from Print journals subscribed in University Library System.

6. Awards

Indian Library Association has felicitated University Librarian of Smt. Hansa Mehta Library as the ‘Best Librarian of the year 2004’ at the 51st All India Library Conference held at Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra.

Smt. Hansa Mehta Library received the Best Library Award in the year 2006 at 52nd All India Library Conference held at H N Bahuguna University, Srinagar, Garhwal.

7. Technical Processing Unit

Technical Processing Unit of Smt. Hansa Mehta Library undertakes the responsibility of classifying all the documents received for University Library System. It also maintains its catalog for the users’ inventory.

8. Usage of E-Resources

The Library is ranked 33rd in the country in the usage of E-Resources. With 2,27,780 downloads from 23,000+ online journal titles accessed from the University Library and MSU campus for the year 2015-16.

9. 9 Libraries on a Single Server

Out of 13 constituent Libraries under the University Library System, 9 Faculty Libraries offer Library operations using bar code technology thereby running successfully nine libraries on a single server.

10. Total Publications

The Hansa Mehta Library has total 3476 Publications under its name till now in the period between 2010 to 2017. Apart from that, the H-Index which defines the productivity of the University amounts to 66. Which is a matter of pride for all Barodians!

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