Knowledge Resource Center:

The mark of a progressive institution is judged by the strength of its library, which has been aptly termed “Library is a growing organism” fifth law of library science given by Prof. S.R. Ranganathan, an authority on library science. Ever since the inception of the Observatory in 1954, its library has been steadily building up through the years and is now known to be one of the best libraries amongst those belonging to any similar scientific research institutions in the country. Institute has a well stocked automated library which is named as Knowledge Resource Centre (KRC). It is facilitated with Wi-Fi connectivity. The ARIES KRC acquires books and journals mainly related to Astronomy & Astrophysics and Atmospheric Sciences. The KRC also acquires reference books time to time. The ARIES KRC is a member of FORSA (Forum for Resource Sharing in Astronomy and Astrophysics), which was established by Indian Astronomy Librarians in 1979. The ARIES KRC is also a member of National Knowledge Resource Consortium (NKRC). NKRC provides free access of Subscribed Online Databases to DST and CSIR institutions.

KRC Resource Development

During the period 2016 – 2017, the following information resources were added:

Books                                                      : 42

Subscription to Journals                     : 74 (Print + Online) + Full Text  Databases

Publications in refereed journals      : 67

Theses awarded                                    : 04


The collection at the end  March 2017:

Books                                                      : 10,896

Bound volumes of Journals                : 11,205

Apart from books and journals, non-book materials such as slides, charts, maps, diskettes, CD-ROMs, etc. are also available in the KRC. The new features of Online Catalogue are available at Web-OPAC on ARIES home page. DSpace, an open source software is used for the digital repository of ARIES, where KRC preserves scientific documents, academic reports, photographs of special events, newspaper clippings, etc.

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