About IDSK Library


Our library started functioning in December 2002. It is now one of the leading libraries in India devoted to the economic and social sciences. It has rich collection of books, journals, research documents, reports, statistical databases of wide ranging areas in Anthropology, Economics, Ecology, Development Studies, Demography, Public Health, Political Science, History, Gender Studies, Human Sciences, Sociology, and Nutrition with special focus on North East India.

The library is located in two floors of the south block of the Salt Lake campus. It has several sections like reading and reference section, serial division, circulation division, new books arrival section and e-library. It has open access browsing system and has developed single window service system. A committee has been formed to look into the smooth functioning of the library affairs.

At the IDSK library, there are over 20,000 books, reference books, monographs, reports, occasional papers, working papers, special lecture series, more than 68 printed and online journals, and 8 daily newspapers, and working papers from various institutions in India and abroad.

Under Rabindranath Tagore Centre for Human Development Studies (RTCHDS), more than 2,250 books, monographs, reference collections, and CDs particularly on Rabindranath Tagore are available. In addition, it has more than 5,000 books as gifted collections of Michael Sprinker, Gopal Krishna Gandhi, Parimal Dasgupta, and Amiya Kumar Bagchi.

For more information on some of the major reports, biographies, handbooks, Yearbooks, Atlases, Encyclopedias, statistical databases, documents in non-book formats, click here.

The library also has acquired the archival documents of Rosa Luxemberg Stiftung funded project on ‘Women and Media’ which include reports, booklets, posters, pats or scroll paintings, CD ROMs, DVDs, audio cassettes, video cassettes, catalogues, transparencies and fact sheets.

A large number of research documents are available in our library through a network of 78 institutes like Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvanthapurum; Madras Institute of Development Studies, Bangalore; Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta; Asiatic Society, Kolkata; Institute of Economic Growth, New Delhi as exchange programme.

The IDSK library has institutional membership of Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, National Library, Kolkata, American Information Resource Centre, Kolkata, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata and DELNET to issue books as per requirement.

For further information, please contact the Librarian.