Dr Zakir Husain Library named after the ex-President of India, (Late) Dr. Zakir Husain in 1973, is the Central Library of the Jamia Library System, which includes the Faculty and Center Libraries. Stocking a rich collection of over 3.57 lacs learning resources in all major discipline taught in the university and spread over an area of 23,038 sq. feet, the library caters to the academic needs of the University students, staff & research scholars. The collection consists of books, periodicals, pamphlets, manuscripts, photographs & Electronic Resources. The library provides open access to users; except Rare Books Section; Manuscripts and Archival material where closed access is observed. The Text Books Section also observes closed access system.
The library has fully computerized its most actively used collection, which is now available to users through OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue) with network access across the campus-wide LAN.
The Digital Library provides electronic access to thousands of E-journals through 15 major databases in various areas of Sciences, Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities, Engineering & Law.
The library has a dedicated Internet Area where students are encouraged to make use of E-Journals, with regular Orientation Programmes.
The library has also been functioning as a referral center on Islamic Studies, Urdu language & literature, and receives requests for its bibliographic information from all over the country. A number of scholars visit the library for its reference & consultation.
Collection: Library has a collection of about 3.28 Lacs books and bound volumes of periodicals, about 2500 manuscripts, 200 microfilms, and subscribes to 440 journals. Library has reserved some of its collection as Textbooks collection, which is to consulted in the library or can be issued for overnight.
The library has valuable source material on the history of freedom movement in the form of private papers of the eminent leaders such as Maulana Mohd. Ali Jauhar, Hakim Ajmal. Many eminent persons and lovers of library have donated their personal collections. There are 11 such collections and are housed separately as "Special Collections".
The library has a separate "Jamia Authors Collection", which houses 3000 books written, edited and compiled by persons who are or were associated with Jamia Millia Islamia.
The library has developed a centralised database of all the Ph.D/M.Phil theses awarded by the Jamia.
Rare Books Section: The library is also in possession of same valuable books in the Urdu language on Vedas, Upanishads, Ramayan, Mahabharat, Bhagavat Gita, Manuscripts, Bhagwan Mahavir Gautam Budh, Guru Nanak and Sick religion, Swami Dayanand Saraswati, Swami Vivekanand, Sri Aurobindo, Radha Swami Movement etc.
Membership: Library membership is open to the faculty, research scholars, students, and non-teaching staff of this university. Scholars and faculty members from other Universities are allowed to use the library facilities for reference only. All the registered members are issued a Membership Card for all transactions in the library.
Inter Library Loan (ILL): Inter Library Loan service supplements its stock by obtaining materials from other libraries on demand from the users. The library is an institutional member of British Library, American Center Library, INFLIBNET, and Delnet.
OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue): The library has fully computerized its most actively used collection, which is searchable through OPAC. The OPAC allows search by author, title, subject, call number, keywords, and Boolean search. The Call Number indicates the location of the book on the self. The computer catalogue, OPAC is extremely user-friendly and enables searches to be conducted with ease and speed.
Shelf Arrangement: Books are processed by using AACR-II code for cataloguing and Dewey Decimal Classification. The Call Number in the OPAC helps in locating the books on the shelves. Books are arranged on the shelves in numerical order from 000-999.
Reference Services: The Library maintains a separate reference collection consisting of fast finding tools such as almanacs, atlases, biographical and language dictionaries, directories, handbooks, and statistical compilations. encyclopedias, technical data, maps, films, etc. The reference books are not issued as a general policy and are consulted within the library. The library provides the reprographic services in this section also.
The section-in-charge may be approached to provide or guide the users to the required information, or in locating the specially shelved books on request.
Photocopy Services: The library provides photocopy services through private contractors. The services are located as a separate unit next to main entrance of the Text-book Section/Reading Halls. The users can approach the unit directly. They may also request at the Circulation Counter. For any difficulty or assistance, the users may approach the In charge, User Services.
Internet Service: Library has setup a separate & dedicated Internet Service Area from May,2003 through 2 Mbps leased line for the members. At present the service is available from morning 9.00 A.M. to 5.30 P.M. in all working days. Internet facility is open for the registered users of the Library only. No outsider is allowed to use this facility.
Information/Help desk: For smooth functioning of OPAC and Internet services, Information desk has been setup and a staff is posted to look after the services. The users are welcome to contact the person available on Help Desk.
Library and Information Science Course: Dr. Zakir Husain Library has been offering and an academic programme leading to the Bachelor’s degree in Library and Information Science to meet the needs of the Library and Information Science profession. The degree programme in Library and Information Science is an intensive in nature, and thereby demands students who is highly motivated and dedicated to learning. Although classes are held and students are taught but one confined an emphases on self-instruction and participative learning.