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Maulana Azad Central Library

Welcome to the Maulana Azad Central Library, USTM

About the Library

The Central Library of the University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya (USTM), consecrated in the name of Maulana Azad Central Library came into being in the year 2011. The Library sets the goal of a world-class library by integrating information sources and services across disciplines in one umbrella by building a sound and comprehensive collection of both print and electronic resources on all branches of knowledge with a robust hi-tech infrastructural facilities and to redesign and revamping the systems and services in efficient, effective, and dynamic ways tailoring to meet the myriad information needs of students, research scholars, and faculty members of the university pin-pointedly, exhaustively and expeditiously anytime during library hours for promoting academic excellence.

The Library is named Maulana Azad Central Library after the name of Abul Kalam Azad, the first education minister of independent India, the man who introduced the national education system with free primary education and modern institutions of higher education. Maulana Azad is also credited with the establishment of the Institute for national importance like the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and the foundation of the University Grant Commission (UGC), an important institution to supervise the Universities.

Maulana Azad Central Library supports the teaching, research and extension programs of the university. All students, faculty members and research scholars and employees of the university are entitled to make use of the library facilities on taking library membership.

The Library has a collection of more than eighty thousand volumes of books on Applied Sciences, Biological Sciences, Business Sciences, Education, Engineering and Technology, Social Sciences and Humanities, offers library services through its various sections. The Library has now been catering to the needs of more than 5000 students, research scholars, faculty members, and administrative and non-teaching staff of the university. With the developments in Information and Communication Technologies, the behavioral characteristics of the library users have been changing rapidly and the library is trying its best to adapt to the technological advancement by the digitization of library. The identity of all books and the library users are fully bar-coded and all Library house-keeping operations like acquisition, cataloging, circulation and periodicals services have been automated with the help of Koha.



Sets the goal of establishing a world-class library and to empowering academic community of University of Science & Technology Meghalaya and network institutions of ERD Foundation with specialized collections & information


ØTo provide 24X7 world class library & information services to the user.

ØTo support university expansion, in terms of new programmers / research areas in a single umbrella of ERDF group of institutions.

ØTo procure, organize and disseminate information in different format.

ØManage and focus resources to deliver priorities and develop library staff within a culture of innovation and service improvement

ØTo support the educational and research programs of the university by providing physical and online access to information,  consistent with the present and the anticipated educational and research functions of the university.

Department Library

The Maulana Azad Central Library, University of Science & Technology Meghalaya has initiated to establish departmental libraries in each department. All the departmental libraries are well maintained and merged the online library catalogue with Maulana Azad Central Library, USTM and user of each of the department library can access or issue & return the books through Koha LMS. The collection of documents mainly consists of textbooks, reference books and research journal.

Sl No Department Library Code Vol.
1 NewGen Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Centre NGIEDC 272
2 Social Work DSOW 70
3 Sociology DSOC 479
4 Chemistry DCHE 100
5 Earth Science DEAS 197
6 Zoology DZOO 287
7 Law DLAW 479
8 English DENG 126
9 Rural Development DRLD 65
Total 9 2075

Access to Visitor

If you are a first-time visitor, please try to visit the Maulana Azad Central Library, USTM between 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. on weekdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The researchers from outside the university should ensure that they have a recommendation letter and an identity card before they can avail the library facilities and services. The visitor or guest user can access online resources in the E-Library Section or Computer Section located on the ground floor of the library.

Technical Processing

All the books procured in the Maulana Azad Central Library are being classified in DDC (Dewey Decimal Classification) 23rd edition; a scheme for classification of subjects used the LIS professional to arrange the books in proper order on the bookshelf for easy access or retrieval. Besides classification books are also cataloged according to MARC- 21 & ISBD format using Koha Library Management Software. The catalogue is available online across the globe for browsing and searching and also for renewing of issued books by the patron.

Frequently Ask Questions?

  1. Who can be a member of the library?

Registered members like Ph. D students, Masters / Undergraduate Students, Part-time students, Faculty members / Officers, Staff members and special member of ERD Foundation

  1. How many books can be issued by the user?


Category No. of Books Loan Period Renew Period
Faculty 4 30 Days Up to Semester Examination
Staff / Project Fellow 3 30 Days 2 Times
Research Scholar 3 15 Days 2 Times
Students 3 07 Days 2 Times


  1. Is there any special library membership facility for Students?

Yes, Maulana Azad Central Library provides special library membership opportunities to the students if someone is interested to take additional library facilities he or she must have pay additional library membership fees to the library authority.

Type Membership Fees Issuing Books Loan Period
Gold 3000 5 15 Days
Silver 2000 4 15 Days
Bronze 1000 3 07 Days


  1. Is there a fine for the late return of books?

Yes, fine charges as per the following

Category of Member Fine Amount in (Rs.) per day
Faculty 20
Staff / Project Fellow 5
Students 5


  1. Where can I pay library dues?

Library dues can be paid in cash in the circulation section directly and Library professionals will generate a fine receipt.

  1. What are the issue/return timings in the Library?

Issue and return can be done on working days only

Days Time
Monday – Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.


  1. Whether the library is open on Sunday?

Yes, the Library is open on Sunday for reading purposes only, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and no Issue & Return is done on Sunday.

  1. Can books be reserved if issued?

Yes, all members of the library can reserve issued books.

  1. Can I borrow Journals or Magazines for overnight or for short period?

No, we never issue Journals & Magazines outside the library.

  1. Can I suggest a purchase of a book for the Library Collection?

Yes, a registered library member can directly recommend a book for purchase by filling “Book recommendation form” that can be obtained from the library website or in the library.

  1. Can we refer to the dissertation & Ph. D. thesis?

Yes, all the members of library can refer to dissertations & Ph.D. Theses. Outsiders are not allowed to refer to dissertations and theses.

  1. Can the dissertation/theses be issued?

No, we can never issue grey literature.

  1. If, I lost an issued book, what I have to do?

You are required to report immediately in the library by writing application to librarian and after that you have to submit the new copy of the same book to the library within stipulated time.

  1. Can I take a photocopy of reading materials or personal book in to the reading hall?

You can bring your personal copy or photocopies study material in to the reading hall after verifying at the entry gate to our staff at the time of entry and exit.

  1. Can I renew the issued book in my name for one more week?

Yes, but check with the library circulation counter whether the book is reserved by anyone else.

Know Your Library Team



Library Advisory Committee

To function smoothly and safeguard the interest of all sections of the library users, formation of policies, rules & regulations and implementing the library policies in a judicious manners, the Maulana Azad Central Library is advised by a Library Advisory Committee formed by Honorable Vice Chancellor, Dr. PG Rao in 2015 with the following representatives:

Members Designation Department
Dr. Papiya Dutta Chairman Department of Rural Development
Vice Chairman Department of Applied Biology
Mrs. Nandita Barman Convener Department of Library & Information Science
Mr. Nurujjaman Laskar Member Controller of Examination & Admissions
Member Department of Botany
Member Department of Social Work
Mr. Harimall Thakuri Member Department of Commerce
Mr. Lalit Saikia Member Department of Earth Sciences
Dr. K. C. Bora Member Department of Computer Application & Electronics
Ms. Angjom Anu Devi Member PQH School of Education
Member University School of Law & Research
Dr Md Mukutor Rahman Member Librarian


Milestone & Recognition

2020 February RFID, J-Gate
2019 July I-Scholar
2018 June Implemented & established departmental library through Koha Networked Library System
2018 May Weekly Library Report
2018 April New Library Timings (8 a.m. – 10 p.m.)
2107 October Job Alert
2017 April NDL registration started
2017 January Implementation URKUND with Anti Plagiarism License
2016 December Signed MoU with INFLIBNET Centre for Shodhganga.
2016 August IP based Webcam installed in the library for surveillance
2016 August Daily E- News Clippings started
2016 July Library started Institutional Repository
2016 July Library computerization with Koha LMS
2016 May DELNET – Institutional membership
2016 April NCTE Inspection committee visited
2015 July National Seminar On Convergence of Technologies in LIS (NSCTLIS -2015)
2015 March BCI Inspection committee visited
2014 February UGC / AICTE inspection committee visited
2014 February Library computerization started with LMS software (Local made)
2013 October NCTE Inspection committee visited
2012 March AICTE Inspection committee visited
2011 Library established along with the University


Library Opening Hours

The library remains open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. throughout the year, except national holidays.

Days Library Hours Circulation Hours
Monday – Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Reading Only


Library Policy

  • Book Acquisition Policy
  • Weeding out policy of library documents
  • Write off Policy
  • Stock verification method

 Library Rules & Regulations

A. Membership

  1. Only enrolled Students, Researchers, Faculty and Staff as registered members are allowed to use the Library.
  2. Members should produce their Library Membership card at the entrance of the Library.
  3. A duplicate Library Membership card will be issued on payment of Rs.100/-.
  4. The ex-faculty/staff members may be enrolled as members against a security deposit of Rs. 5000/- (refundable) and registration fee of Rs. 1000/- (non-refundable).
  5. Some eminent academicians/scholars and other dignitaries may be enrolled as special members on the recommendations of competent authority only against a security deposit of Rs. 6000/- (refundable) and registration fee of Rs. 1500/- (non-refundable).

B. General Rules

  1. Readers should observe strict silence inside the Library.
  2. Use of Mobile phones is not permitted inside the Library premises.
  3. Users are not allowed to carry eatables/drinks inside the Library premises.
  4. Library membership card is non-transferable.
  5. Personal belongings like bags (laptop, shoulder, and sling), umbrellas, etc. should be deposited at the Property Counter against a token. These are not allowed inside the Library.
  6. Readers are advised not to leave their valuable items like money wallet, passport, credit card etc. at the Property Counter.
  7. Marking, scratching, damaging, mutilating, stealing, library materials or property will invite disciplinary action against the defaulters.
  8. Readers should not carry books from one section to another and should leave the books on the reading table after consulting.
  9. Readers should not talk or discuss as they may disturb other readers. Reading halls are meant for individual study and research only.
  10. Users should not rest or keep their feet on tables, chairs, shelves, etc.
  11. The library shall not be responsible for any loss or damage of the personal belongings of the users.
  12. Library staff shall not transmit telephone calls or other personal messages to the readers.
  13. The Librarian reserves the right to suspend the membership of any member found misbehaving with the library staff or with any other member.
  14. Enter your name and Sign in the register kept at the entrance counter before entering the library.
  15. Show the books and other materials which are being taken out of the library to the staff at the entrance counter.
  16. The librarian may recall any book from any member at any time and the member shall return the same immediately.

C. Overdue charges

  1. 5/- for per book per day will be charged to the user if books is not returned after the due date.
  2. Membership shall be suspended for repeated delay in returning the books.

D. Use of computers / laptops etc.

  1. Computer in the library premises should be used for academic purposes only.
  2. Online chatting/dating, browsing of social networking sites is strictly prohibited. Strict disciplinary action will be taken against the defaulters.
  3. Playing games on computers is strictly prohibited in the entire Library premises.
  4. Readers must carry their Library Membership card while using the E- Library. They must show their ID card on demand.
  5. Readers should not to share their Internet access ID and Password with other students.
  6. Changing the settings and display of the computers kept in the Library is not permitted.
  7. Use of laptops in the cubical systems where computers are already installed is not permitted.
  8. Readers should not remove/unplug computer cables/connections, network cables and other peripherals/accessories in the library.
  9. Personal keyboard, mouse, etc are not allowed inside the Library.
  10. Library users must take care of their Pen drives, CD/DVD ROMs, mobiles and wallets etc.

E. General Reading Hall

  1. The right to use General Reading Hall is exclusively reserved for bonafide members of Library.
  2. Members should produce their Library Membership card at the entrance.
  3. The seats are to be used/ occupied on the first come first served basis.
  4. Capturing/reserving seats for friends/future use is strictly prohibited.
  5. Readers should not scribble on table tops or damage them.
  6. Readers should not clutter the table with heaps of books and other reading material.

F. Visitors

  1. Consultation facility is available for Research Scholars of other Universities/Institutions for a short period.
  2. The Research Scholars/students from other organizations should bring recommendation letter from Supervisor/Guide or letter from the concerned Department/Organization.

G. Circulation

  1. Maximum of three text or general books can be issued at a time for 7days.
  2. Maximum two times renew can be allowed to the user.
  3. Students can reserve books at the Circulation Counter in case they are already issued.
  4. Books in demand may not be renewed.
  5. Readers are responsible for books issued against their names.
  6. The material such as rare books, thesis, dissertations, loose issues of periodicals etc. marked for consultation shall not be issued.
  7. Borrowers must satisfy about the physical condition of the books before borrowing otherwise they will be held responsible for any damage later or at the time of return.

NB: These rules are subject to revision / updating from time to time. For latest Library rules and regulations, please visit university website regularly.

Annual Report

Floor Plan

Maulana Azad Central Library, USTM is located in ground floor of the academic block – ‘C’ and the library has been arranged according to Section Wise from Section 01 to 25 including Journals, Magazines, News Paper, Thesis & Dissertations.

Flow Chart of the Maualana Azad Central Library, USTM

Library Services

  • Inter Library Loan
  • Reference Services
  • Referral Services
  • Selective Dissemination of Information
  • Online Document Delivery Services
  • Current Awareness Services
  • Library Portal based services
  • Reprographic Services
  • Content Service
  • Orientation Program
  • Organized Question Bank
  • News Alert Services
  • 24/7 Web-OPAC
  • 24×7 Ask the Librarian Service
  • SMS Service / E-mail Service
  • Extended Library Opening hours 8 am to 10 pm
  • Information desk
  • Research Support Service
  • Library E- News Clipping Service
  • Plagiarism

Maulana Azad Central Library has a collection of over 80000+ books in the area of Science & Technology, Management, Humanities & Social Sciences and related subjects based on selection by Faculty and Students of USTM. Above text book, Maulana Azad Central Library has also reference books according to departmental needs.

Print Journals

Maulana Azad Central Library, USTM is subscribing 150 (National 120 + 30 International) Print Journals for the academic needs of user.

Magazines & New Paper

Maulana Azad Central The central library has approximately 16 magazines, 7 daily news papers and 1 weekly employment news paper.

Sl. No Name of Magazine Frequency
1 Frontline Monthly
2 The Week Weekly
3 Competition Success Review Monthly
4 Science Reporter Monthly
5 Banking Services Chronicle Monthly
6 Pratiyogita Darpan Monthly
7 Mahendras Master in Current Affairs Monthly
8 Business Today Fortnightly
9 India Today Weekly
10 Readers Digest Monthly
11 North East Today Monthly
12 Corporate Citizen Monthly
13 Banking Services Chronicle Monthly
14 Spinco Biotech Cutting Edge Monthly
15 BIC : Business and Industray Connection Monthly
16 Aaina Jibonor (আইনা জীৱনৰ) Monthly


Sl. No. Name of News Paper Frequency
1 Assam Tribune Daily
2 The Times of India Daily
3 The Telegraph Daily
4 The Meghalaya Guardian Daily
5 Amar Asom (Assamese) Daily
6 The Hindu Daily
7 The Economic Times Daily
8 Employment News Weekly


Thesis & Dissertation

Maulana Azad Central Library, USTM has 45 Ph.D. thesis and 1305 dissertations.

Donated Collection

Maulana Azad Central Library, USTM has also arranged separate donated section for the donated collection. At present 305+ donated books are available.


E-Journals and Online Databases


Online Public Access Catalogue 

MACL Intranet 

Online Databases


J – Gate





SSC Online 


Oxford Scholarship Online 

Gale Virtual Reference Library 

E-Thesis & Dissertations

Link https://shodhganga.inflibnet.ac.in/handle/10603/160102

Research Support

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