Until December 2008, St. Xavier’s College had various departmental lending libraries and reading rooms namely:
- Arts & science lending and reading sections
- B.Com lending and reading sections
- Economics, Political Science& Sociology lending sections
- Book Bank
All these departmental libraries and the book bank got merged into one integrated centralized library since January 16, 2009. This got christened as Fr. Verstraeten Central Library in July 2015.
With the introduction of centralised library, the readers are given access to library documents, books and periodicals irrespective of their departments. The new centralized system provides open-access, where the readers find out their required books from the library shelves.
Thanks to UGC funding in 2008, after it had declared St. Xavier’s as a Centre with Potential for Excellence (CPE) in May 2006 and the College became the first autonomous college in West Bengal in July 2006, the Central Library organized the retro-conversion of all the books and classified them under the scheme of Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC), Sear’s list of Subject Headings and Anglo-American Cataloguing scheme.
The entire database of the library was initially kept in LIBSYS-4.0 which has now been converted to KOHA open source Integrated Library Software (ILS), with the latest version 16.05.
All the books in the library are now catalogued, bar-coded and RFID tagged for easy circulation and better security.