Fr. Verstraeten Central Library of St. Xavier’s College plays a pivotal role in the teaching-learning
process of the College. It is the fulcrum of all academic activities of all UG & PG coursesand research
studies. The Library has a rich collection of around 69,000 books, old and rare books, valuable
reference books, journals, educational CDs/DVDs and innumerable e-books, e-journals, and other resources
for the use of its members.
Nobel Laureate Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore once mentioning the significance of
Library Hours (7.00 am - 7.30 pm):
7.00 am – 7.30 pm [Mon-Fri] 9.00 am – 6.00 pm [Sat]
9.00 am – 6.00 pm
9.00 am – 4.00 pm [Mon-Fri]
E-Resource Access Centre
9.00 am – 5.00 pm
9.00 am – 7.00 pm [Mon-Fri] 9.00 am – 6.00 pm [Sat]
9.00 am – 6.00 pm [Mon-Fri] 9.00 am – 2.30 pm [Sat]
The Central Library: At a Glance
The Library provides services to the students, staffs, research scholars,
faculty members and Fathers of the College through an automated mode by using open source library
management software Koha (version 16.05).
The software has also been integrated with RFID technology.
There are three lending counters including a self-circulation kiosk.
Auto generated e-mail alert services for every library transaction.
The entire library is now integrated with the RFID enabled Gate Security
System with the help of two-pedestal antenna.
A round-the-clock surveillance is made through the CCTVs.
Computerized attendance system at the entrance for the students.
Library members can know their reading and search history; they can re-issue
their issued items with the help of Web-OPAC facility from My Library.
The cubicles are specially meant for students engaged in project works and
teacher-student discussions beyond class-hour.
E-resource Access Section with Wi-Fi facility.
The library provides Book-Bank
facility for financially challenged students from all disciplines.
The library provides current-awareness service to the readers through new
arrivals display, announcement posters, newsletters, etc.
A student can borrow at most four books at a time for fourteen days, which
are further renewable for fourteen days.
Each shelf is accompanied with shelf guide, which indicates shelf number,
class number and subjects concerned.
The library presently subscribes more than 140 periodicals, including both
journals and magazines and 16 dailies.
The e-books and e-journals are also accessible through INFLIBNET-NLIST.
Oxford, Pearson and Gale Virtual Reference Library e-books, Online Sage
journals are available from Central Library’s E-Resource Access Section.
The library has Institutional Membership with British Council Library and
Previous years semester question papers
Previous years semester question papers
The membership of the Library is open to Fathers, faculty members,
research scholars, students and support staff of the College. The outside research scholars, eminent
persons of the society, retired faculty members and staff members, and alumni/nae members of the College
are also eligible for getting membership subject to the approval of the College authority.
No. of Items
The Central Library of the College has well-equipped and spacious
reading room facility with seating capacity of 250 (two hundred and fifty) users. The reference books,
periodicals and current awareness sections also function from reading room for reader’s convenience.
Some rare collections of the College are displayed in the reading room.
Book Bank Facility:
The book bank facility is provided only to students belonging to economically
challenged groups and communities. Besides regular library facilities, they can issue at most four books
from book-bank for a full semester. The textbooks are mainly emphasized for this section, though very
few common reference books may also be lent out.
Career Guidance Books:
Books and journals relating to different competitive examinations like
IAS, Career / Service Oriented programs and other documents related to the subjects are available for
consultation in the library.
UGC CSIR NET / SET Books:
Books and e-books relating to UGC CSIR NET / SET ( JRF & LS ) are
available in the library.
General Reference Section:
he Ready-Reference Tools relating to general reference consultation are
available in the Reading Room. The following categories of Ready Reference Tools are generally
Guide book etc
One internet-facilitated computer is directly connected with the
photocopy machine for taking print out of any online and also offline materials.
Off-line Database Search:
CD-ROM databases, CDs/ DVDs for both borrowing and reading room
New Arrivals Display:
The newly added resources to library (books, journals, CDs etc.) are
displayed for 7 days in the Reading Room.
Students and faculty members can place requisition for a book that is not available in the library. The
requisition should be given in the Demand Book Register available from the concerned library staff and
through the Web OPAC facility.
Download Book Requisition Form.
Thanks to generous donations of books by the Provincial Governments and
European missionaries during the last two centuries, the Central Library holds a golden treasury of very
old and rare documents. Since these documentary heritage is continuously decaying with time the college
initiated a project for preservation and conservation of these rare documents with the full financial
support from UNESCO, New Delhi in 2006. Under the collaborative project, selected rare documents from
the College library have been recovered, preserved and digitized. The oldest collection dates back to AD
1632. As part of the project, a set of 4 DVDs containing some of the digitized documents and rare
paintings was published. All these documents are preserved with much care in Goethals Library.
Other Important Services:
Institutional membership at British Council Library, Kolkata
Institutional membership at American Library, Kolkata.