The University of Kashmir Library upholds the mission of the institution by supporting excellence in research and teaching by fostering a rich learning environment through vibrant knowledge facilities both in print and online. The library is committed to equal access, academic and intellectual freedom, supportive learning environment, ongoing improvement in its resources, and cooperative and helpful staff. As a knowledge hub our library is committed to a user friendly and user-centredaccess to information.
In my tenure as Chief Librarian, I would like to cultivate our greatest resource—the library staff. To provide user-centered services, I want my staff to engage with students and faculty and to create online tools that will facilitate patron access to information. Since we are fortunate to have access to several online consortia resources, I am hopeful that our library staff with focus on creating subject focused online guides of reference materials, online databases, and weblinks. My other hope is to get our librarians out in the classrooms to assist faculty and students by offering library literacy tutorials. Successful research is possible when our researchers have fast, reliable, and access to credible information sources. Research and instructional support will be provided by our staff in a variety of formats and methods appropriate for meeting individual patron needs.Our staff will strive to ensure reliable, timely service that meets the needs of the students, staff and faculty.
The University of Kashmir library was established alongside the foundation of Jammu Kashmir University in 1948. After the split of Jammu Kashmir library in 1969, the collection was shared by the University of Jammu and the University of Kashmir. In 1975, the Central library of the University of Kashmir was moved to the current location in 1984 and renamed as the Allama Iqbal Library in July 2002.Alongwith the central library there are fifty seven affiliated libraries for various departments, Institutes and Centres. The Allama library system is the largest of its kind in all of Jammu and Kashmir.
Allama Iqbal Library has sixteen divisions and is a pleasant and comfortable place to work and study.The current holdings of the library exceed 6,36,000 books. The library also has a collection of Braille books, audio visual materials, electronic books, journals, newspapers and other print materials. Besides the print collection, the library offers 24 hour access to its digital collection of journal databases through the UGC-INFONET Digital Library Consortium. Through this consortium, library provides access to a leading Bibliographic Database known as J-Gate plus or J-Gate Custom Content for Consortia (JCCC) where under the contents pages, abstract and full text articles (wherever available), appearing in around eight thousand (8000) reputed scholarly Journals in Science, Social Science and Humanities are made available to the users on-line. The JCCC provides article-level access for all the journals subscribed by the UGC-INFONET Digital Library Consortium as well as journals subscribed by 22 university libraries designated as Inter-Library Loan (ILL) Centres of the INFLIBNET Centre. For articles from journals that are not accessible in a given university, the interface facilitates semi-automatic generation of ILL request directly from user(s) to the INFLIBNET Centre or to one of the ILL Centres as the case may be. Photocopying facility at nominal rates is also provided to library patrons.
The internet access centre in the library comprises of three labs and E-Resources centre with around 80 computers. It provides high speed internet access to University faculty, research scholars and students. We also provide wireless network access (Wi-Fi) for those who would prefer to bring their own laptops or notebooks. Wi-Fi configuration of laptops and notebooks are also provided by browsing staff. The Library distinguishes itself by providing Remote Access Facility (RAF) to all the subscribed electronic journals and journals accessible via UGC-InfoNet digital library consortium. This facility helps the registered users to access all the E-Resources available at Allama Iqbal Library from any part of the world through the Internet.
I welcome you to our library and look forward to your input in helping us serve you, our patrons. I encourage you to give us regular feedback and help us make our library a state of the art knowledge hub.
Mrs. Sumaira Nabi