St.Xavier's College, Palayamkottai
LIBRARY AS A LEARNING RESOURCE
     ** The library provides open access to staff and students.
     ** At the beginning of every semester, the Librarian addresses the students, explaining the methods of using the library resources.
     ** Auto Lib software facilitates the borrowing and issue of books quickly.
     ** Journals and magazines are kept in open racks.
     ** The librarian and five library assistants ensure the use and security of resources in the library.
     ** CC TV has been established in the library for security purpose.
     ** Fire extinguisher has been installed.
     ** Books on competitive examinations are made available.
     ** Bar coding system has been introduced in the library.
     ** Book Bank facility is available in the library.

FACILITIES AVAILABLE IN THE LIBRARY

The library building was constructed in May 2005 at a cost of Rs.1.5 crore. It spreads over an area of 23,266 sq. ft, housing an Internet resource centre and a language laboratory.

     ** The library is equipped with reprography, a good collection of audio-video cassettes and CDs on the emerging issues relevant to subjects.
     ** The library has 8 computers and 1 xerox machine to cater to the needs of the users.
     ** Generator facility is provided to ensure uninterrupted power supply.

STOCK OF BOOKS IN THE LIBRARY
     ** The College Library has 1,03,281 volumes on various subjects. It subscribes to 128 Indian journals and 3 foreign journals. The library has 2790 back volumes of journals, 1333 CDs / DVDs, 5databases and 130 manuscripts.

S. No.

Department

Books

1.

English

13800

2.

Tamil

17745

3.

Folklore

12613

4.

Economics

3540

5.

Social Work

225

6.

Mathematics

7568

7.

Computer Science

6089

8.

Physics

3855

9.

Chemistry

6032

10.

Plant Biology and Plant Biotechnology

6452

11.

Zoology

5448

12.

Visual Communication

198

13.

Commerce

12543

14.

Corporate Secretaryship 

235

15.

Business Administration

196

16.

Computer Applications

6742

 

                                             TOTAL

            103281


     **Folklore Resources and Research Centre (FRRC) library, which has 10500 photographs, 339 theses, 700 hours of videographs of Hi-8 type, 3500 hours of audio documents, 180 slides and 130 manuscripts, is a treasure for international students. These documents are catalogued and made available for international scholars through computers.
     ** The Dept. of Visual Communication has the following video visuals:
               * 2,800 short films in both English and Tamil
               * 500 short video visuals

     The students / research scholars from other educational / research institutions are allowed to visit the library archives, research centres and laboratories on request. The well equipped Folklore Resources and Research Centre library is used by overseas research scholars. During the last five years, 55 special invitees and 160 research scholars visited the archives.

     The management of the library is computerized with Auto Lib software. The library makes use of INFLIBNET/ DELNET facilities. Membership identification is done through Barcode.

      The library is kept open on 270 days in an academic year. The library is kept open from 8.00 a.m. to 6.45 p.m. on all working days; from 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. on holidays; from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. on examination days. Current volumes and journals are displayed in racks for immediate reference. During the Bridge Course, the librarian motivates the freshers, explaining the methods of using the library. Library Week is held to help students get exposure to the existing books.

INTERNET CENTRE

     A separate Internet Centre has been established with 44 computers. Internet service is available for 12 hours per day to the students, who refer to e-books/ e-journals through specific websites.

ICT as a Learning Resource

     Teachers can prepare Microsoft Power Point presentations by using computers, laptops, digital cameras and CD writers in their respective departments. Photo micrographic slides are prepared using microscopes in science departments. Audio visual aids like OHPs, slide projectors and LCDs are available for teaching-learning process. Staff and students can get recent information through internet, LAN (Local Area Network) and INFLIBNET.

     Fr.Caussanel Hall, Loyola Hall, MCA Seminar Hall and Fr.Miranda Hall are equipped with LCD, screen and audio system for screening films, power point presentations, etc.
     Our Language Lab has 64 computers, a lectern with in-built amplifier and mike, a collar mike, a hand mike, an LCD and a screen for power point presentation and CD players.
     A System Engineer has been appointed to help the faculty prepare computer aided teaching- learning materials.
     The College has a total no. of 566 computers, including 46 laptops. There are 129 internet systems, 36 LCDs, 18 OHPs and 3 slide projectors.
     Central computing facility is available in the computer lab. It is made available to staff and students during and after the class hours.
The following items are uploaded / updated in the website regularly:

*	College Profile 
* Details of the departments and research centres
* Annual Quality Assurance Report (AQAR) submitted to NAAC
* Student attendance
* Semester results
* Information about seminars/conferences

LIBRARY

Dr. C.Martin

Librarian

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