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Periyar EVR Central Library

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Periyar EVR Central Library

The Central library spreads over an area of 7770 sq m with six floors (Excluding ground floor). It has specialized collections of books, journals & other resources in Mathematics & Sciences, Engineering and Technology, Biotechnology, Humanities, Social Sciences and Management ranging from printed books, e-books, back volumes and CDs\DVDs. The Central Library subscribes to national and international journals in print and e-Journals. The library has a video conferencing facility and NPTEL video courses, ePGpathashala, Swayam Programme and other E-Learning resources initiated by the Government of India. Central Library is using LIBSYS software for Library automation and has implemented RFID technology with self-issue and return kiosk, WEB-OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue), and online renewal facility.

Aroon Purie, Chief Executive, India Today Group

VIT Central Library has outstanding, world class facilities. Students here should count themselves fortunate and I hope they use them to the full. Most impressive!

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Total No. of Books2,27,765
Total No. of Back Volumes18080
Print Journals412
Online databases/E-Journals : (On and Off Campus access facility)

ABI Inform Complete (Pro-Quest),ACM-DL, ACS-DL, ASCE_DL, ASME-DL, ASTM Journals and Standards, Bentham Science, British Standard Euro Codes, CMIE Reports (Prowess IQ, Economic Outlook and Industry Outlook) EBSCO Business Source Complete, EMERALD Management Journals, Emerald Emerging Market Case Studies (EEMCS), Engineering Refrex, IBM Journal of Research & Development, IEL (IEEE&IEE),Indian Standards, MathSciNet, Nature Publishing Group Journals, Royal Society of Chemistry Archives (1841-2007) , Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Journals, ProQuest-ABI / Inform Complete, SAE Tech. Papers, SAGE Online Journals, ScienceDirect, Scifinder Scholar, Scopus, Springernature Journals and ProQuest-Dissertation & Theses (ETD) Part A & B.

(E-Book - On and Off Campus access facility)1,55,474
Media Resources 
CD / DVD15,650



  • Circulation Service
  • Reference Service
  • Web OPAC (On-line Public Access Catalogue)
  • Study Book Service
  • STARS Book Bank
  • Resource Sharing (Inter Library Loan)
  • Multimedia Resource Service
  • On-line Databases
  • NPTEL e-Learning Facility
  • User Education Program
  • Tele / Video Conferencing


Special Features

  • All students, faculty members and staff of the institute are members of the library.
  • Institutional Membership
  • American Library, Chennai
  • British Council Library, Chennai
  • Library Networks Membership
  • DELNET, Delhi
  • MALIBNET, Chennai
  • IT Infrastructure
  • State of Art of Infrastructure
  • LIBSYS Library Management System
  • RFID self check-in book drop and Check-out kiosk
  • 120 seater Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (Thin Client) Powered by IBM, CITRIX and N-Computing for accessing of Electronic Resources
  • DELL Poweredge 420 hosts LIBSYS
  • DELL Poweredge 520 Server hosts Digital Institutional Repository.
  • Touch Screen KIOSK for Library Information
  • Surface Table for discussions
  • Video Conferencing facility
  • Wifi Facility
  • CCTV Surveillance System

View Our Library Floor Plan

Ground Floor

  • Circulation Help Desk, Self Check-out Kiosk, Self Check-in, Periodical Section. 
  • Director - Library Office, Sr. Asst. Librarian Office, (Periodical) Discussion Room.
  • Back Volumes Section, Periodical office and WEB OPAC.

First Floor

  • Reference Section - Reading Hall, Discussion Rooms, University Librarian, Deputy Librarian & Senior Assistant Librarian and Assitant Librarian Office, Alumni Book Bank Section.

Second Floor

  • Stack Area - I (Engineering and Technology), Reading Hall, Discussion Room, Book Bank Section, Asst. Librarian Office, Technical Section .

Third Floor

  • Stack Area - II ( Science and Humanities) Videoconferencing Hall, Digital Library, Media Resource Centre, Library Server Room, Asst. Librarian Office,Discussion Rooms.

Fourth,Fifth and Sixth Floors

  • Reading Hall

View our Library Rules


Open access system is followed in the Library


 Wearing ID card is compulsory inside the library. 
 Bio-metric Entry and Exit is compulsory.

  • Strict and absolute silence shall be observed in the Library.
  • Speaking on mobile phones inside the library is strictly prohibited.
  • Bags, Big handbags, Raincoat, Jerkin and Casual wears are strictly prohibited inside the library.
  • Members are requested to keep their belongings at the entrance of the Library. However they are advised not to leave cell phones, purse, money, credit cards and other valuables in the handbag outside the library. These items are liable to be lost.
  • Library users are strictly prohibited from taking the borrowed and stamped books again inside the library. 
  • If the due date falls on a holiday for the Library, the next working day will be considered as the due date.
  • Books will not be issued to members on the ID card of others.
  • If any book is lost or damaged beyond repair, the person responsible shall replace it with a new copy or pay double the cost of the recent price and handling charges or as may be decided by the librarian.
  • Books will be issued subject to availability only.
  • No sub-lending of books is permitted.
  • Any kind of marking, underlining, clipping of books is absolutely forbidden. Readers shall be held responsible for any damage done to the book belonging to the Library and shall be required to replace such book or pay the value thereof.
  • Absence from the university will not be allowed as an excuse for the delay in the return of books.
  • Under special circumstances, the University Librarian may refuse the issue of books or recall the books already issued from any member without assigning any reason thereof.
  • There is a facility of one online renewal through WEBOPAC.
  • The Borrower will be responsible for any loss or non-return of any books issued against his / her original (or) duplicate ID Card.
  • No reminders will be issued to individuals but consolidated list of defaulters will be displayed in the library notice board.
  • New books and journals received will be on display for a week.
  • The borrower will be responsible for any loss or non-return of any books issued against his / her original (or) duplicate ID Card.
  • Reference books, Newspapers, Magazines, Journals should not be taken out.However overnight issue is available for selected reference books.
  • The Library may accept donation of manuscripts, books, periodicals etc., from the donors. Such donations once accepted will become the absolute property of the University.
  • Library timings and fine structure are displayed on the Library digital display Boards.



The above rules are intended to regulate the best use of Library resources and will be reviewed periodically to meet the Changing needs. Any changes in the rules or instructions or information to members will be notified on the Library Notice Board as and when required.

Online Multilingual Dictionary

Mendeley Reference Management Software
User Guide (Download)-Mendeley

Under the Digital India mission, Indian Government has created nation’s first and largest multilingual dictionary, access to which is completely online namely Bharatvani. We can able to translate words from 22 different languages and in the forthcoming days, Government aims to add 100 more languages into the platform and it was implemented by the Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL), Mysore.

Under Open Knowledge movement, this dictionary will be the single point reference for understanding and learning various languages of India. It has been hailed as the first and largest multilingual dictionary in India.

Using technology, Government will protect and nurture the regional languages from India, and enable easy access to the online tools for learning them.

Such online dictionary will help India to ‘foster national integration’.

This first initiative of Indian Govt. to encapsulate regional languages will help Indian technology companies to integrate regional languages into their products and creations.

BharatVani App also launched of this dictionary, which can be downloaded from Google Playstore. Anyone can create own account in seconds.


World e-Book Library

The World e-Book Library including 3 million primary sources spanning past 1,000 years of world history in more than 320 different languages. In addition, contemporary journal collections of WeL include scholarly journals and academic articles from all academic field.)


South Asia Archive (SAA)

South Asia Archive contains more than 4.5 million pages spanning the period of 18th and mid-20th century from documents across the Indian subcontinent, including India, Pakistan, Burma, Afghanistan and Bangladesh)


E-Learning / E-Content

NPTEL (National Program on Technological Enhanced Learning)

NPTEL provides E-learning through online Web and Video courses in Engineering, Science and humanity streams. The mission of NPTEL is to enhance the quality of Engineering education in the country by providing free online courseware.

URL: Online Access
Offline Access :

Swayam Prapha

Swayam Prapha
Channel 18 - (Time Table)

NPTEL (National Program on Technological Enhanced Learning)

This channel is completely covered for the topics on the subjects of Physics, Metallurgy, Material Science and Mining Engineering. The introductory lectures are mostly at the under graduate levels of engineering.There are also a few courses on advanced topics which will be corresponding to the masters and PhD level students.

Channel 30 - (Time Table)

This channel is exclusively for the subject of Mathematics.


Researgence is a research platform that auto-captures all publications of researchers of VIT from online sources and provides information on citations, h-index, SNIP, impact factor. The users will have a tool-captured list and each publication tagged could be individually ‘approved’ or ‘withdrawn’. Missing papers can be ‘linked’ from VIT’s publications’ database, while newly accepted/published papers can be ‘added’. A full video and text user manual is uploaded in member profile and member can see them after login. Other research sections such as patents, projects, collaborations, Research groups, books, editorials, conferences and awards can be manually entered by the user/member.