Bethune College Library is as old as the college itself. The College was founded in 1879. The library was
situated in the Hall of Bethune Collegiate School initially, but then the library shifted its venue a number
In 1940 Bethune College was shifted to the Christ Church Building now named ‘Vidyasagar Bhavan’ and
the library was located in the first floor of the building. In course of time the necessity of a separate
building was strongly felt due to the increase of students, addition of Honours subjects and library
In 1983 the library was divided into two separate units- Science and Arts. The Science Library is housed
on the 1st floor of the College Office Building and the Arts Library on the 2nd floor of the Centenary
Building, now named ‘Kadambini Bhavan.’ With the opening of the post graduate course in three science
departments and an increasing collection of texts the Science Library had to be shifted to the ground
floor of Auditorium. Current books and journals which are frequently issued are housed in the New
Science Library. Rest of the books and journals are kept in the 1st floor of Administrative Building.
Library members can borrow books and bound volumes & periodicals for a stipulated period.
Kiosks are installed at circulation area for searching library catalogue. Library gives students on spot facility to search for books, check availability, membership account status, etc
Users are provided with air-conditioned and Wi-Fi enabled reading section. Readers can approach the library staff for information or for any assistance regarding how to use the library collections and services. Special information requirements as well as any referral service are also catered through this section. The library maintains a varied reference collection consisting of confined resources.
Users are allowed for on request photocopy of 30 pages of a confined book in a day.
The Central Library offers inter-library loan service to its users for books and periodicals which are not available in the library. Such resources are made available by procuring them from other libraries. Inter-library loan facilities are not extended to the Libraries outside Kolkata and subject to terms and conditions.
Access to E-Resources
Five (5) computer terminals with network facilities are available for accessing electronic resources at E-Library work Station. Library staff assists users for their ease of using e-resources. Usually online Journals, books, magazines, lectures, institutional repository, internet surfing, etc are available to access.
Email Reference Service
The Ask a Librarian email reference service is one of many ways to contact our mail id bethune firstname.lastname@example.org bethune college.library@bethune college.org.in. We primarily serve the research needs of Research and Hospital unit, but anyone can submit a question about our collections, services or facilities.
Central Library also supports and assists the apex decision making body of the institution by providing timely information. Departments are also provided with various administrative academic and policy related information for their ease of decision making.
This is one of the most important services in which users (students and teachers) are made aware of overall library facilities, services and products through an extensive interactive session. Even from time to time teachers are informed about endeavours, developments and intellectual inputs of library.
Students are catered with various career related information and information resources on request. Collection consists of electronic resources, audio-visual materials, books, magazines, etc which is effectively helping them in preparation for their prospective professional career.
bethune college Library is a member of National Medical Library’s Electronic Resources in Medicine (ERMED) Consortium. Which is an initiative taken by DGHS & MOHFW to develop nationwide electronic information resources in the field of medicine for delivering effective health care.bethune college library also provide to access 242 high quality online e-journals through ERMED Consortium.
Scanning and Printing
On demand and free scanning and printing facility is provided to every member. Even on demand scan of maximum 5 pages of confined books and mailing to respective receiver is available at emergency.
This service helped library user especially Doctor’s and Scientist’s with important news and notices published in various newspapers wherever they are and also save time of them. This service will focus interest of mainly Oncology related information.