Improved access to information held in Indian libraries

Interlending & Document Supply

ISSN: 0264-1615

Article publication date: 1 March 2000




(2000), "Improved access to information held in Indian libraries", Interlending & Document Supply, Vol. 28 No. 1.



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Improved access to information held in Indian libraries

Improved access to information held in Indian libraries

Keywords Libraries, India, Resources, Information services

The National Informatics Centre and the Indian International Centre are promoting the Delhi Library Network (DELNET). The main objectives of DELNET are to promote resource sharing amongst member libraries; to collect, store and disseminate information; co-ordinate collection development and reduce unnecessary duplication of items wherever possible. DELNET has 122 members from most states throughout India, although the majority are based in the Delhi region. It also has two overseas members from the USA, Johns Hopkins University and the University of California.

The Library Network has taken over the compilation of the National Bibliographic Database from the Department of Culture. The libraries of two institutions, Punjabi University in Patiala and the International Institute of Tamil Studies in Chennai, have been selected to take part in a pilot project. The project will include 50,000 records of books, which will include 20,000 in English, 15,000 in Tamil and 15,000 in Punjabi. The pilot project is now nearing completion.

Members have access to 19 databases covering a wide range of topics and languages. They also have the facility of requesting interlibrary loans electronically from other DELNET members. There are training programmes and workshops organised all over India to assist members in obtaining the maximum benefit from DELNET.

For further information visit the DELNET Website at:

Source: Press release

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