The Central Library of IIT Kharagpur is one of the largest and finest technical libraries in Asia. It has been catering to the needs of the ten thousand students of undergraduates, postgraduates, research scholar, seven hundred faculty members and more than thousand staff members of the 19 departments, 9 centres, 12 schools and 15 research facilities of the Institute.
The Library is well equipped with modern facilities and resources (print and electronic) in various formats. It has also developed a full-fledged Digital Library equipped with necessary modern equipment in order to provide various Library services in digital mode. This section has developed an institutional digital repository which holds up the Institute's intellectual resources for campus-wide access and ensures digital preservation for posterity.
The Library routine services have been fully automated using the library database management software 'LibSys' version 7.
The Central Library being a core of INDEST-AICTE Consortium under the aegis of the Ministry of Human Resource and Development Development provides online access to important full-text databases in Science and Engineering subjects as well as abstracting database services. The Central Library website, provides online access to all these e-resources.
In addition to INDEST-AICTE Consortium e-resources, Central Library, IIT Kharagpur also currently subscribed a good length of e-resources e-Journals, e-books and e-database).
In all, Central Library provides IP based access to 20,664 full-text e-Journals, and 1, 22,744 full-text e-books. In addition, it has a collection of more than 3.5 lakh documents, and 300 print journals. The collection consists of books, archived volumes of periodicals, theses, conference proceedings, standards, reports, microforms, CD-ROM/DVD-ROM databases and audio-visual materials.