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People's Education Society's


Dr.Ambedkar College of Commerce & Economics


Permanently Affiliated to University Mumbai


Tilak Road Extension, Opp. Best Depot, Wadala,Mumbai-400 031


Estd. 1972

"Re-Accredited with grade- 'B'  by NAAC"

Introduction

                               The library of Dr. Ambedkar College, the fountain of knowledge and inspiration, enjoys the reputation of being one of the best Learning Resource Centre in the vicinity of Mumbai. The library was established in 1972 with the very inception of the college. The library is situated on the first floor of the college building and is made easily accessible from all sides of the college premises. It has a carpet area of about 2400 Sq.Ft. Complete catalogue of the library holdings has been created by using SOUL, Information recorded under OPAC is available and Students are using the OPAC extensively for searching the required books and journal articles. On an average 250 books per day are circulated to the readers from Home lending section, Reading Hall, and reference section of the library. The students extensively use Library Reading Hall and around 150 students are availing this facility. The library is connected with the other two libraries in Mumbai British Council Library & The American Library & UGC N-LIST e-resource.

Measures for Quality in Maintenance and Cleanliness of library

• Cleanliness and maintenance of the library is always given top priority. Floor areas of all the sections of the library are cleaned daily by clothe mop and water.
• Library stacking area is cleaned on regular basis.
• To take care of books from white ants and termites, regular paste controlling is done on quarterly basis
• Management takes care of library maintenance in terms of civil work in the library.

Human Resource Development and Staff Training

• Training and orientation to library staff is given on regular basis. Exhaustive training programe for library staff was organized to train them in using SOUL software.
• Special lectures and training programsare also arranged for library staff and supporting staff in the college.
• Library staff is motivated take higher education and education in Library and Information Science. Eight staff members in library have upgraded their education and completed Library Training Certificate
• Library staff gets promotion as per the government rule and regulations.

Source of fund for Library

Library receives regular grants from Department of Students Welfare, University of Mumbai. However main source of fund is library fees collected from students as per the university guidelines.

Sections of the Library

With a view to optimize the efficiency of the library services, it is divided into various sections such as:
• Acquisition Section
• Circulation Section
• Newspaper Reading Section
• New Arrivals
• Reference and Research Section
• Periodicals Section
• Reading Hall

Working Hours

Monday To Saturday 8.00 am. to 5.30 pm.
During Examination Period 8.00 am. to 5.30 pm.

Seating Capacity


Home Lending section
Research and Reference Section and Periodicals Section
Reading Hall
Project Discussion Area
Total

10
25
150
10
195

Number of Students/Readers


Senior College (Aided Section)
Senior College ( Self Finance Section)
External Members
Staff Members
Junior College
Total

2013
505
08
147
1991
4664

Collection


Junior College
Book-Bank
Senior College Textbooks including Reference, Dr. Ambedkar & Buddha Collection
UGC Books
Reference Books
Dr. Ambedkar & Buddha Collection
Gift / Donated Books
Total

19281
8114
26820
6792
248
386
2894
63901

Library subscribes to 30 current titles of Journals & periodicals and 17 daily Newspapers.

Library Services

Library Orientation: Library orientation is given to the new students and newly recruited staff of the college to enable them to use the library collection extensively and avail the facility of the library.
OPAC: Online Public Access Catalogue
Web-OPAC
Circulation of Books and Reading Material
           o Home Lending
           o In-House Circulation: Main Library, Reference and Research Section, Reading Hall, Periodicals, CD ROM and e-journals Sections
Reference and Information Service
Book Bank
Inter-Library Loan
Issue of Identity Cards: Identity cards are generated and issued to all the students and staff members of the College.
Specialized Services
           o Project Guidance and Documentation Services
           o Internet Surfing and Downloading Facility
           o Web OPAC
           o Photo Copying Facility
           o Access to CD Rom and e-journals
           o Preparing various Bibliographies on demand and in Anticipation of Demand.
           o Database Access Facility
           o User education
           o Career Guidance and Advisory Service for Competitive Examinations.

External Membership

In view of the consistent demand for reading hall and reference facilities from the past students and other students engaged in further studies like M.Com, M. Phil, and Doctoral Research, it has been decided by the management to extend the facility to them. Students desirous of making use of the facility are expected to register their names with the librarian of the College by paying the prescribed fees.

Rules and Regulations for external Membership

The membership is open to
• Alumni students of this College.
• Post Graduate students of the other colleges or registered students of distance education.
• Research scholar registered for M. Phil., Doctoral research.
• Any sincere person from the city of Mumbai intending to pursue some serious reading.
Enrolment
• Membership form will be available with the Asst. Librarian on the payment of Rs.10/-
• The form duly filled in should be submitted to the Asst. Librarian.
• Library Identity Card will be issued immediately on submission of the completed form and payment of fees.
• Members desirous of availing the borrowing facility, will have to pay a refundable deposit of Rs.500/- (for one book)
Fees
As decided by management from time to time
General Rules
• Books will be issued for use in the reading hall only.
• Members who have paid deposit for home lending facility will be issued only one book for a week’s period.
• Late fee of Re.1/- per day per book for first 15 days and Rs.2/- per day per book thereafter will be charged on the books not returned on or before the due date.
General Instructions
• The readers are advised to check the book(s) for any missing pages before borrowing them.
• The readers should not wait for the due date. They should return the books as soon as they have completed the reading.
• The readers will have to pay the full cost of the books returned in damaged condition.
• Loss of book must be reported to the Asst. Librarian immediately to avoid accumulation of late fees.
The college administration fully reserves the right to refuse membership to any applicant without assigning any reason.

Rules and Regulations for the Use of the Library (For Students)

Every individual entering the library should be a BONAFIDE STUDENT of the College and must have a valid INDETITY CARD. The Identity card should be produced as and when demanded by any of the library staff.

Library Hours


Monday To Saturday
During Examination Period

8.00 am to 5.30 pm
8.00 am to 5.30 pm

Circulation

Library books are lent to readers for home reading between 8.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Note: For in-house reading, books from reading hall as well as home lending section and ‘Research and Reference Section’ are provided during all working hours.

Duplicate Identity Card

In case Identity Card is lost, it should be reported to the Librarian. A duplicate Identity Card will be issued to the student against a payment of Rs.250/- on every working day, after receiving proper application and copy of a police complaint in this respect or affidavit on stamp paper about loss of Identity Card.

Library Fine

A book must be returned on or before the due date shown on the book. In case of urgent need the book will have to be returned immediately. Usually books are issued for a period of one week from the Home Lending Section. Books reserved for in-house reading are not allowed to be taken outside. In case a student fails to return a book within the time limit, a fine of Re.1 per day per book will be charged for first 15 days and Rs.2/- per day per book onwards. During examination days the fine would be Rs.50/- per day per book. A student may get a book reissued, if it is not in demand. A student taking books outside the reading hall without the special permission of the librarian will have to pay a fine of Rs. 50/- per day per book.

Mutilation of Books

It is strictly forbidden to mark library books with pencil or ink or mutilate them in any way. The reader to whom the book was/ is issued last will be held responsible for loss of pages or any other damage unless he/she has brought it to the notice of the library staff before borrowing. Any student held responsible for damage of reading materials will be liable to fine equivalent to the damage caused.

Silence

Complete silence must be observed in and around the library. Disregard of this rule will invite punishment.

Reserving seats in Reading Hall

Reserving of seats is not permitted in the reading hall of the library under any circumstance.

Discipline

The smooth working of the library is possible only if students adhere to the rules and regulations of the library. The Librarian reserves the right to refer cases of breach of discipline to the Principal.
Note: Although no specific rules and regulations are formulated for the staff, all the members are advised to observe general rules and decorum.