To support the divergent and vigorous academic activity of the Institute, the NICED library is fully geared to meet the needs of the scientists and other research workers. NICED Library has undergone several phases of modernization since 1988. It began its journey with a mere collection of a few books in a small room. From 1999, Local Area Network (LAN) was set up and Scientists were provided with internet facilities. Recent addition to our facility is the second Reading room for journals in the JICA building.
The library remains open to its readers from Monday to Friday from 10 am till 5.45 pm and follows calendar of holidays as per central government rules.
The readers have open access to journals and books. Calm ambience of the reading room and the rich collection of the library help to promote scholarly endeavours of the scientists and research fellows.
Circulation of Materials:
Readers may borrow books and journals for home for a stipulated period of time. Daily issue is also done for reference purpose and library norm proposes returning the documents by the end of the day.
Online Journals / Resources :
To meet the demands of the scientists for nascent information, NICED Library is increasing its online resources of journals and books. It subscribes to Blackwell journals, ASM journals online and databases like Science Direct. Apart from these its resources include the online journals available through ERMED Consortium joined by ICMR. NICED is thus able to access 1500 full text online journals that this consortium offers enriching its online resources. ICMR has also formed its own consortium. JCCC-ICMR is an extension of J-Gate Custom Content (JCC), for the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). It covers 693 full text journals received collectively at 24 institutions/centres of ICMR and 215 open access journals.
NICED being a research Institute, the collection of journals outweigh that of the books. But the library maintains a core collection of books in specialised biomedical areas like Microbiology, Biochemistry, Parasitology, Pathophysiology, Immunology etc.
The library has built up a bibliographic databank collection from different databases catering to the needs of the scientific pursuit.
Computers in the Library:
The library is equipped with 6 computers having 24 hours internet connection. This facility helps the researchers to surf the Internet as and when required for their reference purpose.
The library has a photocopier and it provides photocopying service to its users free of charge. It also provides photocopies to outside users like summer trainees, visitors, research scholars etc coming from all over India. For Inter Library Loan of documents, photocopied documents are provided to the loanee library.
Inter Library Loan:
NICED Library has a rich resource of journals in particular and serves to fulfill the needs of ICMR libraries in the Eastern region of India. However, its Inter-library loan service is not only restricted to the ICMR Institutes but also to the Biomedical Institutes in and around Kolkata.
External Users / Visitors:
NICED has collaborations with different national and international institutes of repute. Scientists and visitors from different institutes abroad regularly visit the library. University scholars, summer trainees coming from different parts of India get their training from NICED and use the resources of the library for their scholarly needs. For details, contact library-in-charge, Mrs. Saheli Samanta , email: email@example.com
Role of the Library Staff in Helping Users:
NICED library is a specialized library catering to the specialized group of users- scientists of the Institute and research fellows are always in demand of very specific information. The library staffs are well-equipped with the modern technology and have a good idea of the information sources wherefrom they serve the needs of the users. They have a sound skill in information transfer process and do so effectively and efficiently.