Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology a Central Library with a total area of 25,000 square feet, a part of which is airconditioned . After obtaining University status, with its expansion in all fields viz. increase in the number of students and faculty as well as increase in disciplines, a need was felt for complete computerization of library activities.
In pursuit of this goal new Windows based software running in Visual Basic with an Oracle Database was installed. Simultaneously we upgraded the hardware to the latest Pentium IV computers installed on a network.
Circulation was computerized and bar coding system was introduced to speed up library transactions.Accordingly, all faculty and students were issued bar-coded membership cards for access to the library.
From this academic year onwards the acquisition, processing and transactions of the journals will be computerized to facilitate easy search and retrieval.
This has gone a long way in simplifying and speeding up library operations.Our reference section has also been considerably augumented.
We have also acquired the latest state of art LCD projectorsd for video display on a large screen.We have increased the number of journals subscribed to 334 journals of which 177 are international journals.At present we have total of 60,000 books in our central library.
A new section on self improvement has been opened in the library for an all round development of students.The library has also added books on self-confidence, public speaking,Vocabulary and foreign Laguages such as German,French , Japanese etc., .Apart from books written by great thinkers, business strategies and Psychologists. We also have a separate section for Tamil Books.
Our Library will continue to augment its resources and modernise with latest techniques in the future.Our modernised library has a Pentium LAN server with 4 nos of AT486DX4 nodes by which issues and returns are done.Students and staff members can search for the books , on the Author , Title or Subject heading and their availabiltiy using the software LIBGENIE. Also we have subcribed to MALIBNET(Madras Library Network),IIT LIBRARY and British Council library through which we can access the library in and around Chennai City.