The CDS Library is rated to be one of the best-specialized libraries in South India. Hence, a number of teachers and research scholars from other universities and research institutions visit CDS every year, mainly for using the library and for having research consultations with the faculty and interaction with the M.Phil and Ph.D. students of CDS. The best library services including online information service are provided to them by the Centre.
The K.N. Raj Library continues to provide Book Selection Lists, display of latest catalogues of leading Universities Presses, prominent publishers, book lists and reviews, display of books on approval from several reputed book suppliers, etc. for the benefit of Faculty and Scholars, thereby improving the quality of books selected for the library.
During the year 1161 books, 111 eBooks and 16 CD-ROM / DVD were added to the collection. The library catalogue [OPAC] is available online at http://cdslib.cds.ac.in:8380/opac4x/. CDS Information Repository (Digital Library) using the DSpace Open Source Software is installed to capture/preserve digital content and make them accessible to scholars and faculty. The library automation software Libsys4x is used by users and staff for the day to day operations and catalogue search.
The K.N. Raj Library subscribes to 100 Print Journals and 12 Newspapers. The library also received 56 print periodicals/journals as a gift. The subscription to Oxford Online – Social Science collection (79 journals), Wiley Online (24 journals), ProjectMUSE – Social Science collection (113 journals), Science Direct – Economics, Econometrics, and Finance (106 journals) were renewed. Access to the EconLit (599 journals) and JSTOR (2600 journals) was provided by the ICSSR/NASSDOC consortia. These six journal databases jointly are providing access to 3521 e-journals.
The Electronic Database Unit (EDU) continued to provide services to internal as well as external members. The EDU has a collection of databases in Economics, and related disciplines in Social Sciences. Some of the prestigious statistical databases are Annual Survey of Industries, Census of India Data, CMIE ProwessIQ, EPWRF India Time Series, IndiaStat, National Sample Survey Unit Level Data, IMF Balance of Payment Statistics, IMF Direction of Trade Statistics, IMF International Finance Statistics, RBI Database on Indian Economy, UN Comtrade and World Bank Data. EDU also provided the document delivery / ILL service through DELNET and JNU Library.
The online ‘content alerts’ site has been updated. The following is the URL http://knrajlibrary. wordpress.com/ of the service. For the convenience of library users, popular social media tools are extensively used to disseminate about the library resources and services, they are (a) Facebook https://facebook.com/knrajlibrary, (b) LinkedIn in.linkedin.com/ in/knrajlibrary, (c) Twitter https:// twitter.com/ knrajlibrary, (d) Google Plus https:// plus.google.com/117599930063574349978 /about, (e) ScoopIt http://www.scoop.it/t/infoknrl and (f) Content Alert Broadcast Channel on Telegram Messenger App (https:// telegram.org/). To subscribe to KNRL Content Alert Broadcast Channel on Telegram Messenger App service just send a message [NAME] Add KNRL Alerts to +91 9188451892 from your Telegram Messenger App. As part of enhancing the information services, a Content Alert Broadcast Channel on WhatsApp Messenger (https://www.whatsapp.com/) was launched on April 25, 2018. For subscribing to this information service just send a message “[NAME] Add to KNRL Alerts” to +91 9188451892 from your WhatsApp Messenger.