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Zakir Husain Library


Dr Zakir Husain Library is the university's central library. Established in 1920, it was named after Dr. Zakir Husain, former President of India and Jamia's former Vice-Chancellor in 1973.

  • Originally housed in the old building with an area of 23,038 sq.ft, the library has developed as the university evolved (deemed university in 1962 and central university in 1988).
  • The new building was planned in 2003, and the library shifted to its present premises in 2009.
  • The new library has a carpet area of 9,930 sq. mtrs (1,06,850 sq. ft.). 
  • A stacks capacity for about 6 lakh books and a seating capacity for 1275 users, including
  • Reading Hall Annexe in the old building.  
  • The library is air-conditioned and equipped with the new technology for efficient functioning.
  • The Digital Resource Centre facilitates access to e-Journals and other in-house digitized e-resources.
  • Learning Centre for Differently Abled provides support to visually impaired students through assistive technology.
  • Online Catalogue provides bibliographic access to library's integrated computerized catalogue of English, Hindi, Urdu, Arabic and Persian books.
  • Libsys-7 fully supports automated in-house library operations.
  • CCTV system with 32 cameras provides electronic surveillance.
  • The library's LAN, linked to Jamia's campus-wide network, is supported by three servers and 150 workstations for student use.
  • The library provides remote login facility for e-journals to faculty, researchers and other bonafide members.
  • Single-window search facility for its e-journals, e-books, inhouse digitized documents, and open access resources through EDS (Ebsco Discovery Service).
  • A federated search tool, Knimbus, is available to search journal articles in multiple databases.