ABOUT THE LIBRARY
Library: The Sahitya Akademi Library is one of the most important multi-lingual libraries in India with a rich collection of books (approx. 2 Lacs) on literature and allied subjects in 24 languages recognised by the Sahitya Akademi. The Library is also well-known for its huge collection of books on literary theories and criticism, women's studies, cultural histories and translation studies. It's specialized collections include publications on and by Rabindranath Tagore, Sri Aurobindo and Mahatma Gandhi. It also includes enriched reference books focusing mainly on Indian and World literature, philosophy, religion, art and culture. The library also has a special collection of books donated by Prof. Gopi Chand Narang. The computerization/ retro-conversion of all 24 language books has almost completed. Online catalogue for there language books are now available on our website for users.
The library also maintains a small collection of bound volumes of literary periodicals. Online Indexing of periodical literature received in the library is being carried out from 1988 onwards (hard copies of the Indian Literary Index are available for 1988-90 and 1996). Information Alert Services (Newspaper Clippings, Current Contents and Book Reviews) are also available for consultation.
An average of 150 users visit the library on any given working day, making it one of the most populated libraries in the region.
The regional offices' libraries of the Akademi at Bangalore, Kolkata and Mumbai have sizeable collections. The libraries at the Regional Offices are being built up as centres for the concerned regional languages and are being envisaged as liaison institutions for important language libraries in the regions. The computerization/ retro-conversion of books have also been started at regional office libraries.