1. Introduction: Library is the storage of knowledge in a university. The teachers are the head, students are the body and library is the heart. In fact, university library is the heart of the institution and integral part of the university. The university library offers its users a full range of information and enquiry services with the help of state-of-the-art techniques and technologies. The Library’s mission is to enable and enrich the teaching, learning and research endeavours of the University by delivering flexible access to relevant information resources and by providing quality services and facilities. To meet these needs the library provides access to an extensive range of information resources both electronically and in print.
The KU Library plays a key role in the whole educational process of Khulna University. About 800 users visit the KU Library every day. Out of them, 200 to 250 users make use of circulation facilities, 50 to 70 utilize the photocopy services and 400 to 450 avail the journal and newspapers facilities, while other readers access text books, reference books & reference service facilities. Moreover, a good number of users search online books and journals through our in-house workstations.
To control and support a large number of users, the KU Library has several sections. All the sections of the library work together as a team to support the whole university community. Different sections of the library have been created for providing fruitful library services to the users’ community.
2. University Library Objectives:
a) To support the mission of the University for emerging as a premier academic university, embracing traditional values of higher education as well as the knowledge required for the global community in the 21st century.
b) To identify, acquire, organize, store, and provide on-demand access to the available intellectual and research products of scholars and to support teaching, learning, research and creative endeavours.
c) To provide increasing access to digital collections while continuing to build and improve access to collections in all formats to meet the research and teaching needs of the university.
d) To foster information literacy by working with the KU community to think critically, create new knowledge, and be life-long learners.
e) To provide and ensure quality services and good professional practice in library activities.
3. Established and location: Central Library of Khulna University was established in 1991. At present it has own two storied building (under construction four storied) The central library is located between 1st Academic building and 3rd Academic building.
4. Library Resources: The library collection growth steadily. At present Text Books : 40,821, Reference Books : 1,510, E-Books : 15,271, Journals : 5,635, e-Journals : 4,32,650, CD and Audio-visual : 360. The collection of KU library comprises of books and periodicals related to the field of all disciplines. The library also stocks reference publications such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, annual reports and publications, survey reports, census reports, country reports, statistical yearbooks and other publications. Very important and rare maps and atlases are also available for students in the reference section of the library.
Books are placed in open stacks for convenience of use. Library personnel are ready to assist in locating information, answer on-the-spot queries and provide instruction in the use of the catalogue, databases, resources, indexes, and abstracts whenever needed. Users can read books, journals, periodicals, newsletters, newspapers, etc. inside the library and are allowed to pull books from shelves for reading and borrowing purposes.
Shirley Islam Library: (Journal and Reference Section):
The reference section is located on Shirly Islam Library Building. Shirley Islam library is a very important wing of a central library which providing reference materials, viz. encyclopedias, dictionaries, daily newspapers, print journals, periodicals, magazines, maps, newsletters, research reports, and pure reference reading materials. The print journals are especially important for users, particularly those who carry out their research work in the Library. One Deputy Librarian is entrusted to look after this section.
5. Muktijuddah Corner : KU Central Library has launched a Muktijuddah Corner from march 2010 at its the north- west corner of 1st floor. This corner consists of a good publication related to history of liberation war of Bangladesh, viz. books, photographs, journals and monographs. The rare collections of this corner are the daily Joybangla, manuscript hand-writing constitution of Bangladesh. The corner is enriching day by day. It is noted that this corner will provide to the students and the faculty members of KU to know the dedication of the heroic freedom fighters and history of the liberation war of Bangladesh and its independence.
Procurement Section: This section is situated on the ground floor of the Library Building. It procures new materials to add to the existing collections to meet the requirements of the academic community.
Processing Section: Without processing, no book can be made readily available for users. To locate a book very quickly, processing it properly is essential. After receipt of library materials, there is number of jobs to be done in the library, such as, physical checkup of books, sealing, cataloguing, classification, data entry, preparing book slips, book pockets, pasting and finally shelving.
Organization of Library Materials: Books are arranged on shelves subject-wise and are classified according to the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) scheme. Sears list of subject headings and Library of Congress subject headings are used to determine subjects. Books are catalogued according to Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR-2). The library staff is ready to assist any member in his/her search for desired library materials. Manual and automated catalogue is available in the KU Library. To find out bibliographical information of the resources available in the Library. Users of the Library are encouraged to take help from library personnel if and when required.
Reserve Section: This section is very important for students since a minimum (1)one copy of all titles is available here for study purpose. It consists of a spacious study room, where more than 120 students can sit at a time. The section is situated on the 1st floor of the Library.
Library Committee: The Library is advised by a committee consisting of representatives from different schools and disciplines of the University. The Vice- Chancellor of K U acts as the chairperson of the Library Committee. On the other hand, the Librarian of KU Library acts as the Member-Secretary of the Committee. Responsibilities of the committee are to advise the library personnel in formulating library policies, procuring library materials, improving library and information services, operational matters, and so on.
Library Personnel: To meet the growing demand of users, professionally trained personnel are responsible for taking care of the KU Library and its contents, including the selection, processing, and organization of materials and the delivery of information, instructions, and loan services to meet the users need
6. Members : All students, teachers, BOG members, officers, teaching assistants, research assistants and faculty assistants are entitled to become the library member.
Services : Currently, the library provides lending service, reference service, readers’ guidance service, internet service , reading service, database searching and printing service, current awareness service, SDI and reprography services to its users. The Wi-Fi and broadband internet connection of the library help the library users to access online resources easily.
Library remains open six days a week as follows:
Sunday to Thursday: 9:00 am – 7.30 pm (without break), Saturday : 9:00 pm to 5:00 pm (without break)
On Friday, public holidays and other dates announced by the university authority, it remains closed.
Circulation Section: The circulation section is located on the 1st floor of the library building. lending and borrowing services, users’ guidance, reference services, referral services, in-house telephonic response and any query regarding library services are maintained by this section.
In this sections for home use each member at the following classes has the privilege of browning books form the library subject to the conditions and restrictions as laid down bellows: –
Regular students of the university:- 3 books at a time for a period of 15 days.
Member of teaching staff of the university: not more than 20 volumes for a period of one semester.
Research follows: not more than 5 volumes for a period of 15 days.
The member of the syndicate and officer of the university or persons specially permitted by the Vice-Chancellor not more than for a period of 30 days.
Late Fine: If any borrower fails to return borrowed item(s) in due date, delay fine will be charged for each item. If any user loses or damages any item of library resources she/he has to replace it or pay two times of the current value of lost or damaged item(s).
[Please contact KU library for detailed library rules]
The E- Resources Section:
Online Journals, e-Books and other e- resources are accessible at Khulna University Central Library from the following publishers are made via different programme including the Bangladesh INASP-PERI Consortium (BIPC), TEEAL and UGC consortium. (http//www.udl-ugc.ac.bd.)
All these resources are can be access within the university network (LAN) without any password. Now it has access to thousands titles of full-text online research journals and other resources in various disciplines from 92 agencies and publishers. All users can find many electronic journals and access full-text articles of the bellow-mentioned databases.
1. E-books through UGC Consortium
a. Cambridge University Press (http://www.oxfordscholarship.com), Humanities (462 Titles),Social Science (1009 Titles), Basic Sciences (476 Titles),Computer Science (53 Titles)
b. Pearson (lib.mylibrary.com)
Taylor & Francis Group (http://www.taylorandfrancis.com): Agriculture, Biomedical, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Life Science, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, Business & Management, Development Studies, Urban Studies, Built Environment (Architecture), Economics, English Language & Linguistics, Sociology
Mc-Grow hill Book co.( www.mcgrawhilleducation.pdn.ipublishcentral.com), (To explore the above e-resources please click on : www.udl-ugc.gov.bd)
2. E-Journals through UGC Consortium
JSTOR: (Journal Storage) An online archive of around 2000 scholarly journals of different disciplines like language & literature, business, science, social sciences, arts, history, life sciences etc. please visit http://www.jstor.org
ACM Digital Library (DL): (Association for Computing Machinery) The ACM Digital Library is the most comprehensive collection of full-text articles and bibliographic records in existence today covering the fields of computing and information technology. The full-text database includes the complete 1134 collection of ACM’s publications. Please log onto http://dl.acm.org.
Emerald: The world’s leading scholarly publisher of journals and books in business and management with a strong and growing presence in disciplines including LIS, social sciences, engineering, linguistics and audiology. Please Log onto: http://www.emeraldinsight.com
3. TEEAL (Through UGC)
TEEAL (The Essential Electronic Agricultural Library) as a world class digital knowledge repository, is searchable, offline, containing over 325 reference journals and more than 429,000 full text PDF articles covering agriculture related disciplines from 80 plus leading publishers. Access a wealth of agricultural information in the following subjects:
Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Engineering, Agro forestry, Animal Science, Aquaculture
Biotechnology, Crop Science, Development Studies, Entomology, Genetics and Genomics, Horticulture, Microbiology, Natural Resources, Nutrition and Food Science, Phytopathology
Plant Breeding, Plant Physiology, Soil Science, Veterinary Science
To explore the TEEAL e-resources, within KU campus, please click on http//www.teeal.org
Step-1 : user ID : http//192.168.210.4
Step-2 : Sign in/ pass word [Self email address]
4. E-resources through other organizations:
AGORA (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture): An outstanding digital library collection in the fields of food, agriculture, environmental science and related social sciences. AGORA provides a collection of 3500 journals and 3300 online books to institutions in 107 countries. To access AGORA http://www.aginternetwork.org, please contact KU library.
OARE (Online Access to Research in the Environment): A database of 5,710 online journals and 1,119 online books of environmental science, including biotechnology, biology, ecology, energy, geography, geology, hydrology, meteorology, oceanography, urban planning etc. To access OARE, please conduct KU Library or begin a OARE session, go to http://www.oaresciences.org
HINARI (Health Internetwork Access to Research Initiative): One of the world’s largest full text online collections of biomedical literature consisting of 7,000 online research journals published by the leading publishers in the world. To access HINARI, please visit http://www.who.int/hinari/en
Address : who.int/hinari/en, User ID : BAN260, Password : 76072.
E- resources Bangladesh INASP-PERI Consortium (BIPC),
Khulna University subscribes to the ‘Bangladesh INASP-PERI Consortium (BIPC)’ http://www.inasp.info/, http://peri.inasp.info/peri/peri.plf to access full-text articles/abstracts/bibliographical information of online journals of different publishers on different disciplines through the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences (BAS). It is a consortium of 35 leading universities and research organizations of Bangladesh, allows access to following over 5000 online journals and other resources. Access to online journals is IP based. All users of KU can access these on-line journals from the LAN (local area network) of KU.
American Astronomical Society: The Journal of American Astronomical Society (JAAS) focuses on the astronomy and closely related branches of sciences. To explore the resources please click on http://aas.org/journals
American Institute of Physics: American Institute of Physics (AIP) becomes the fastest growing scientific networking site explicitly for researchers in the physical sciences areas. To explore the resources of this organization please click on http://journals.aip.org
American Society of Civil Engineers: The ASCE Research Library is a comprehensive online tool for locating articles of interest across all disciplines of civil engineering. To explore the resources of this organization please click on http://www.ascelibrary.org
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE): ASABE Technical Library includes a range of content together with journals, textbook materials, monographs, standards and proceedings as well as the important reference work-in-progress, Design Topics. To access ASABE technical library please visit http://asae.frymulti.com
Annual Reviews: It offers authoritative and analytic reviews in 34 focused disciplines within the Biomedical, Life, Physical, and Social Sciences. To access annual reviews please visit http://www.annualreviews.org
BanglaJOL: Bangla JOL is a database of journals published in Bangladesh, covering the full range of academic disciplines. The objective of Bangla JOL is to give greater visibility to the participating journals, and to the research they convey. To access Bangla JOL, please visit http://www.banglajol.info
Beech Tree Publishing: Beech Tree makes accessible to its international, peer-reviewed academic journals on public policy for science, technology and innovation and on the evaluation of research. To access articles please visit http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/beech
Bentham Science Publishers: Bentham Science answers the informational needs of the pharmaceutical, biomedical and medical research community. To explore the resources please visit on http://www.bentham.org
Cambridge University Press Online Journals: It currently publishes over 220 peer-reviewed academic journals for the global market. To access all these valuable resources please visit http://journals.cambridge.org
EBSCO Host: EBSCO Information Services is the leading service provider of e-journals, e-books and e-journals package and related services. Its Business Sources Premier database provides more than 2300 journals in all disciplines of business, please visit http://search.ebscohost.com
Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS): INFORMS publishes 13 scholarly journals, including a journal for the practice of OR/MS (Interfaces), as well as an on-line open access journal (INFORMS Transactions on Education). To access the resources please visit http://journals.informs.org
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.: It is universally acknowledged for publishing authoritative peer-reviewed journals and trade magazines in biotechnology, biomedical research/life sciences, clinical medicine and surgery. To access journals please visit http://www.liebertonline.com
Nature and Palgrave Macmillan Journals (NPG): Nature and Palgrave Macmillan (NPG) publishes journals, textbooks, monographs and professional reference works in print and online. Their program focuses on business, the wider range of social sciences and the humanities. To explore resources, please visit http://www.palgrave-journals.com
Optical Society of America: 16 renowned journals on optics and photonics published by OSA, conference papers, and selected OSA meeting content, including Advances in Optics and Photonics (AOP) are available here. To explore resources, please visit www.opticsinfobase.org
Professional Engineering Publishing Journals: As publishers to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, their portfolios of Journals represent the best in mechanical engineering. To explore the valuable resources of this publisher please click on http://journals.pepublishing.com/home/main.mpx
Royal Society: The Royal Society publishes seven journals, covering the biological and physical sciences, history and philosophy of science etc. To access journals please visit http://royalsocietypublishing.org/journals
Royal College of Physicians: The Journal Clinical Medicine of this organization includes articles from original papers, professional issues, clinical guidance, medical humanities, ethics and clinical governance. To explore the valuable resources please click on http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/rcop/cm
SPIE Digital Library: The SPIE Digital Library is the most extensive resource available on optics and photonics, providing unprecedented access to more than 275,000 technical papers from SPIE journals and conference proceedings from 1990 to the present. To explore the valuable resources please click on http://www.spiedigitallibrary.org
Springer: Springer Link is one of the world’s leading interactive databases for high-quality STM journals and the Online Archives Collection. To access over 2,834 journals from Springer please visit http://www.springerlink.com
Symposium Journals: Symposium Journals is a pioneer in the publication of online-only academic journals, i.e. journals that have no printed editions but otherwise have the same aims, traditions, standards, and presentation as conventional journals. To explore the valuable resources please click on http://www.symposium-journals.co.uk
University of California Press: Caliber is the online journals hosting service of University of California Press. Designed to meet the research needs of scholars, researchers, and students, Caliber holds the content for most journals published by UC Press. To get access, please click on http://caliber.ucpress.net
The UN Data Portals: The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) is offering a lot of resources related to country profiles, statistics on agriculture, crime, education, energy, environment, finance, food and agriculture, gender, health, HIV/AIDS, human development, industry information and communication technology, population, refugees, tourism, trade, and millennium development goals indicators etc. To access the resources please visit http://data.un.org
Wiley-Blackwell – InterScience Content: It is one of the largest archives of over 1.5 million articles of scientific and scholarly research. To access the resources please visit www.interscience.wiley.com and www.thecochranelibrary.co
World Bank’s Open Data Site: It is one of the largest archives of The World Bank’s data. The open data initiative is intended to provide all users with access to the different World Bank publications. To explore the valuable resources please click on http://data.worldbank.org
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