“Knowledge is Supreme Power, Library is a Gateway to Global Knowledge”
Welcome to Library and Information Centre (LIC) of School of Planning & Architecture (SPA). LIC is a Knowledge hub containing rich and comprehensive high-quality information resources on architectural design, building construction, structural engineering, landscape architecture, interior design and decoration, decorative arts, urban planning & design and regional planning, construction management, economics, law, environment, rural development and other allied areas. LIC provides access to wide range of comprehensive and suitable information resources and services to support the teaching and research needs of students and faculty of SPA. The pleasant ambience and well-furnished space LIC creates conducive learning environment inspiring students to excel in their education and research. LIC with its modern state-of-the-art facilities serves as an innovative partner in supporting the teaching, learning and research activities contributing significantly to the Institute’s mission of academic excellence.
To become a premier Learning Resource Centre with state-of-the-art library resources and services in the Architecture, Planning and related areas.
The mission of the SPA Library and Information Centre is to provide access to high-quality information resources in all forms to the faculty, students and staff in support of teaching, learning, scholarship and research mission of the Institute. With a commitment to excellence in services, LIC offers information resources and innovative services to support the intellectual inquiry, research and learning needs of SPA user community.
- To establish and maintain an effective relationship with the students, faculty, and researchers of the Institute to ensure an integrated approach to the creation and delivery of information services.
- To select, collect, create, organize, preserve, manage and provide access to information sources in print, non-print and digital forms, regardless of physical location, to support scholarly pursuit, learning, teaching and research in the Institute.
- To facilitate and promote access to the fast-growing and expanding collection of digital information sources.
- To develop and provide quality collections, user facilities/services and conducive learning environment for study and research.
- To create and deliver a range of networked information and document delivery services that encourage the study, scholarship and collaborative learning.
- To manage the information resources effectively and actively promote the optimum usage.
- To collaborate with other libraries, networks and consortia to optimize the access to knowledge resources.
Library used VTLS Virtual Software package for library automation in 2006 and changed to “NewGenLib” Open Source Library Management Software in 2015. The library has automated all the house-keeping operations and developed library database. The library database consists of all the books, back volumes of periodicals, CDs/DVDs, current journals and theses/dissertations. The database is accessible to all users within the library and also in the campus network. Computers are placed in different locations of the LIC to use OPAC and Internet to access library resources for academic purposes.
Library has excellent quality of about 14963 Books on various subjects viz, Reference Books architectural design, building construction, structural engineering, landscape architecture, interior design and decoration, decorative arts, urban planning & design and regional planning, construction management, economics, law, environment, rural development and other allied areas.
- Reference Books
Reference books are the books to be consulted for reference within the Library. Library has good collection of about 2000 Reference books which include Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Standards, Bound Volumes of Periodicals, Theses, Maps, Important Subject Reference Books, Text books, Reading Materials, Syllabus & Question papers, Rare and Valuable books, Out of print and irreplaceable documents, Oversized and special books.
- Current Journals
LIC receives 65 scholarly journals and 7 newspapers. Journals are displayed in alphabetical order in the journals display racks for easy reference and consultation.
- Back Volumes of Periodicals
LIC has good collection of about 1164 bound volumes of journals. LIC binds and preserves scholarly and other useful journals every year for easy reference and future use. The bound volumes of journals are arranged alphabetically on the shelves.
Library has very rice collection of about 2650 theses on Architecture, Planning and allied subject areas. The theses of B.Arch, B.Tech (Planning), B.Tech. (FSP), B.Tech (DTDP), B.Design (ID), M.Arch (ID), M.Tech (Planning), PGDID, Ph.D. and all other courses are arranged course-wise according to student roll number and kept for easy reference and use.
- Reading Materials
LIC has good collection of ITPI reading materials on various planning subjects and related areas which are extensively used by the students.
LIC has about 131maps on various subjects.
Library has 1522 e-resources such as CD-ROMs, DVDs, Video cassettes etc on various topics are available for use by the students and faculty. Computer systems with multimedia facility and Internet connectivity are provided to access these digital resources. Facility for individual and group viewing of educational videos/DVDs are being made available in LIC. The details of these resources can be searched using the computer catalogue.
- Free Internet Resources
Library & Information Services
- OPAC Service
The OPAC enables users to search and find the documents available in the Library easily and quickly. OPAC (Computer Catalogue) allows search by author, title, subject, keywords, boolean searches as well as through several other access points. The shelf number indicates the location of book on the shelf. The library provides orientation on the use of the OPAC to the users.
Users can know the status whether a book is available in the Library or not. They can reserve the book, if the book is issued out. Users can also access the new books list from OPAC. Multimedia links are provided to enable users to access table of Contents and abstracts for some books. Library provides access to the scanned pages of Table of Contents to important reference books.
- Circulation of Books
Library Circulation comprises the activities of lending library books and other materials to the users for reading at home. A circulation section is one of the key sections of a library.
- Reference Service
Reference Service covers various user-friendly and helpful services. The objective of reference service is to help the users in various ways. Readers may approach the Circulation Desk for information or any assistance in the use of the Library Collections and Services. The primary purpose of Reference Service is to assist students, faculty and researchers in locating the required information, or information sources available in the LIC or elsewhere. Staff provides assistance in locating the misplaced books, if reported by the users. Users are requested to contact the Library staff members in case of any difficulty in finding the required information in the library. Library Staff is available at different locations in the LIC to help readers to
• Identify and use electronic and print sources.
• Locate information in LIC and elsewhere.
• Answer specific information questions.
• Formulate information search strategies.
- Current Awareness Service
Current awareness services help users to keep up to date with the latest professional developments in their field of interest. CAS is provided to the users by sending list of new arrivals, display of new books, journals list of contents pages of latest journals etc.
- Inter-Library Loan Service
LIC Circulation counter arranges to borrow documents that are not available in its collection, on Inter Library Loan from other local libraries for academic and research purpose. This is done on an Institution-to-Institution basis. Such materials will have to be handled with utmost care and returned to the LIC well on time. LIC has established an excellent co-operative arrangement with important resourceful libraries to avail the services offered for the benefit of SPA community.
- Internet Service
• Internet facility is open for the registered users of the Library only.
• Users are advised to make use of this facility only to support their academic and research activities.
• Users are requested to make way for the others to use the facility.
• As for the safety of the systems, please bring to the notice of the Librarian any misuse of the systems.
• Internet facility is available between 9.00 am to 8.00 pm on all working days.
• All the computers are equipped with the Electronic Surveillance Software to detect the Internet sites visited and searched by each user.
• Librarian reserves the right to stop extending this facility to a person found misusing, apart from initiating disciplinary action as per the rules.
- Scanning Service
Documents Scanning facility is provided in the Library at nominal cost. Library materials can be scanned subject to copyright regulations.
- Photocopy Service
Photocopy facility is available on payment basis. Material available in the library can be photo copied subject to copyright regulations.
- Videos/CDs/DVDs Service
The Library multimedia collection has 1550 of CDs, DVDs, and streaming titles. Browse our DVD titles on our OPAC or search the Libraries Catalog. Visit our Streaming Media web page for help finding our streaming audio and video titles.
- User Orientation
User Orientation refers to introducing the users to the Library and its collection arrangement, system of organization, physical layout, facilities, activities, rules & regulations etc. User Orientation is concerned with educating the users in the efficient and effective use of Library facilities, resources and services.
- Bibliography Service
Library provides information about books and other materials related to specific subjects. Bibliographies on a particular topic will be prepared and provided to the users on their request.
- Book Bank Service
Library has a Book Bank facility to provide free text books and other reference books for the benefit of SC and ST students. Books are issued to students for one month / semester which must be returned immediately after completing their examinations. If any student availing the facility loses the book / damages the book / disfigures the book, he / she has to replace with new book. The prescribed application form must be filled in and submitted with the recommendation of the Head of the Department before the books are issued.
- Press Clipping Service
Newspapers received in the library would be scanned, marked and cut the relevant articles and displayed in the notice board for sometime before they are filed for future reference. Newspaper clippings are often used when people have to write a report or make a presentation on current events.
- Library Membership
- Library Membership Extended to Outsiders
- Borrower Privileges
- Circulation Procedures
- Overnight Issue
- Overdue Charges
- Renewal of Books
- Reservation of Books
- Loss of Books
- General Rules
- No Dues Certificate (Refer SPA Library Rules Document Below)
Monday – Friday: 9.00 A.M. TO 8.00 P.M.
Saturdays: 10.00 A.M. TO 5.00 P.M.
Note: The Library is closed on Second Saturday, Sundays & Closed Holidays.
Users are requested to observe the warning bells and facilitate the closing of the library without any problem.
- The first warning bell/ buzzer will be given 15 minutes in advance.
- All transactions with members at the Circulation counter will close 10 minutes before closing hours.
- A second warning bell/buzzer will be given 5 minutes before closing time.
To ensure proper security and surveillance of all potential locations of the Library, we have installed 32 CCTV cameras at different locations in the Library. The Digital Video Recorder continuously provides real-time outputs of all 32 cameras for viewing at the ‘Console Room’, and also at specific terminals located at Security Checkpoint and other sections in the Library. The DVR recorders will store the real-time outputs of all 32 cameras in its memory. CCTV Installation at the Library has immensely facilitated the effective surveillance of all important locations of the Library.
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