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  • All categories of members except the short term users (on special permission), research scholars, staff members are given the facilities of lending Books.

  • Temporary reading facilities are offered to non-members with proper identification.

  • There are five reading rooms in the Asiatic Society. The main reading room is in the new building, first floor for books and journals and second floor for manuscripts. For reference books and for Persian, Urdu and Arabic books, users are advised to consult the reading room of the reference section in the first floor and the ground floor of the old building respectively. For consulting bound volumes of journals there is a separate reading room in the Metcalfe Hall.

  • All users are provided with Xerox/scan facilities of the relevant portion of the books and journals etc. available in the Library.

  • Internet facilities are available in the main reading room.

  • Searching database of the library through OPAC is available.

  • Digitization of rare text has been initiated.

  • Good and efficient reference services are provided to the users. As the society possesses good collection of reference sources, the queries are answered carefully to meet the need of the users.

  • Bibliographies of different topics on the occasion of seminars and on demand of scholars are prepared regularly.

  • Current Awareness Service for notifying Arrival of New Books and New Issues of Journals is provided to the users through monthly bulletin and notice board.




Issue return of books

Access to current issues and back volumes of journals.

Access to database

Access to manuscripts & rare books

Photocopying service

Bibliographic service

Current awareness service

Reference service (both short term & long term)