Indian Institute Of Technology Roorkee
Information Superhighway Centre IITR
 
History of Library
 

From the very start of the institution ( i.e. 1847) a small College Library was established with a collection of a few hundred books to meet the need of about 34 students and 6 teachers. Later in 1856 its stocks were considerably augmented by the amalgamation of the Ganges Canal Library and the College Library was renamed as the Central Library. In 1862 the entire collection of the Addisocombe College Library of East India Company was added to it with the result that the collection of this library assumed considerable size and value.

In order to meet the growing needs of the institution, the strength of which had increased from 34 students in 1847 to 231 in 1873, a separate library block was constructed in the same year consisting of two big halls, one serving as stack room and the other as a reading room and two small side rooms for behind the screen jobs.

A necessity of a new library building was felt immediately after the college became the University and therefore the foundation stone for a new library building was laid on 25th November 1949 which could be occupied only in 1960.    This library underwent several renovations and design changes as per the requirement of the time.

After University became, Indian Institute of Technology in 2001, it was felt that in this building necessary expansion and information technology related provisions could not be made and therefore, a new state of art  building was planned.  The foundation stone of the present building was laid on 19th June 2004 and it was completed in June 2007.  The Central Library started functioning from the new building w.e.f. 12th July 2007.

The present building is a state of art facility building which provides the best possible environment and facilitates to the students and faculty of the institution. With its imposing dome and front elevation, it gives the look of a monumental structure.  It occupies a total area of more than 90000 sq.ft. which is completely air conditioned.  A small cafeteria, ample sunlight through dome and skylight provision, start of art cabling for internet and telephone and light, fire services, cyber room, Online Catalogue Internet, wi-fi environment are some of the main features of the new building. 

Librarians of the Central Library

Sgt J.M. Anderseley was the first full time Assistant Librarian who was appointed in 1870. Till 1939 the position remained occupied by the British before Mr. Prem Narayana Saxena was the first Indian Librarian joined. A list of Librarians of Central Library is given below.


   

Librarians of the Thomson Engineering College

1870-1874
Mr. Aldersly (Asst. Librarian)
1875-1881
Mr. S.B. Simons (Asst. Librarian)
1882        
Mr.C.C. Sullinam
1882-1883
Mr. T. H. Butler
1893-1898
Mr. J. H. Mee
1898-1900
Hony. Lt. R. Giltrap
1900-1908
Hony. Lt. C. Charter
1908-1916
Mr. H. Robey
1917-1920
Mr. R. H. cumming
1920-1922
Miss E. Linsley
1923-1928
Mr. R. Parkinsen
1929-1937
Mr. J. H. Kelly
1938-1939
Mr. Prem Narain Sharma
1940-1943
Mr. M. I. Ansari
1944-1945
Mr. M. M. Rafique

 

Librarians of the University Of Roorkee

1949-1953
Mr. M. I. Ansari
1953-1961
Mr. D. Gupta
1961-1988
Mr. R. S. Saxena
1988-1995
Mr. R. S. Rana
1995-1996
Mr. S. P. Singh
1996-2001
Mr. Yogendra Singh

 

Librarians of the Indian Institute Of Technology, Roorkee

2001 onwards    

Mr. Yogendra Singh