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For membership (or access to library) one has to submit a proof of identity, and current residential address to the In-charge of Circulation Unit. Proof of identity can be any current official document that gives your name, profession, course name & academic session (if applicable) and address of the Institute. Proof of current residential address may be Voter-card, current electricity bill, driving license, recent bank statement, pension book, etc.

To join the ISI Library one has to apply for one of the membership categories:

  • Internal Membership (Free): Staff, Research Associates, Visiting Scientists, Research Scholars, Students, Project Linked Staff and Office Bearers of the Institute are automatically eligible for membership of the Institute Library and without any subscription fee. However, they have to apply for membership. Only full-time staff of the Institute are exempted from the payment of security deposit.

  • Open Learning Membership (Fee-based): Any user, who is only interested to consult documents in the Library and like to avail other services for a short-span, must hold a valid Open Learning Membership Card (as Floating member). The validity of these Cards is limited to 30 days with a provision of prolongation by permission.

  • External Membership (Public Access): If so interested, common people having academic and research needs, may apply for the Premium Membership. If approved by the Library Authority, the concerned individual has to pay an annual subscription fee and the refundable interest-free security deposit accordingly based on the privileges s/he like to avail. Any institute or organization can also be a member of the Library on payment of an annual subscription fee as well as a security deposit.

  • ISI-Society Membership: Authorized members of the ISI Society Council are automatically eligible for the library membership by virtue of their Council Membership. However, they have to apply for membership with or without a library subscription fee. Life-members of the Council are exempted from paying the library subscription fee, but the payment of refundable security deposit is applicable to both Ordinary and Life-members.

By the act of using any facility of the Library, a user agrees to abide by the rules and regulations framed by the Institute. S/he has to follow the policy guidelines (as adopted by ISI) and academic ethos to avoid unethical practices. Additional charges may be applicable for special service demands.

Please consult to the corresponding service desk, or In-charge of the respective service unit; otherwise call us at +91-(033) 2575-2109 for more information.

Library hours: Monday to Friday (10:00 – 20.00 hours); Saturday, Sunday and other holidays (10:00 – 18.00 hours). The Library is completely closed on 26th January, Holi-day, 15th August and 2nd October.

Privileges: the following information entails on the privileges of various membership types.

Membership type

Entitlement 

Retention period

Subscription Fee

Deposits

Internal

ISI Staff, Project Linked Staff, Students, Research Scholar/ Associates, Visiting scientists and Office Bearers of the Institute.

As applicable*

Nil

₹5,000

Floating

Interested people having academic/ research needs.

One Month

₹100

Nil

Premium

Outside Students, Researchers, Trainees and Ordinary Council members of the Institute.

One Year#

₹500

₹5,000

Institutional

Any authoritative institution, or organization, and learned societies.

One Year#

₹2000

₹10,000

Life-member

Life members of the ISI Society Council.

Lifetime#

Nil

₹5,000

*No subscription fee is applicable to ISI Staff members, Visiting Scientists and Office Bearers of the ISI. A variety of entitlement is applicable for students, scholars and faculties of the Institute.

#Premium, Institutional and Life-members are entitled to borrow maximum Two (2) books at a time on payment of interest-free security deposit only. To get Life-membership one has to be a member of the “Society Council of ISI” for a lifetime.