About the Library

“One best book is equal to hundred good friends but one good friend is equal to a library”.
-Dr A.P.J.Abdul Kalam

The library is the powerhouse of our College. The library collects, achieves, and disseminates the information to its users rendering to student’s needs. The library is located in the heart of the campus incorporating modern technologies to deliver the readers the right information at the right time. Bethlahem College of Education Library is dedicated to delivering quality service and an outstanding collection of materials to support the mission, goals, educational, and research needs of students, staff, faculty, administration, and public users and in support of the college's diverse curriculum.

Vision of Library

  • To support and enhance intellectual crossroads for the Bethlahem College community.
  • To endorse teaching and research and discourse by leading the campus in acquiring, organizing, and making scholarly resources accessible.
  • To make an inspiring space for study, collaboration, and discovery.

Mission of the Library

  • To aid the College to carry out its objectives namely conservation and dissemination of knowledge through teaching, publication, and extensive programs.
  • To satisfy the present and future information needs of the users and to evolve a well- organized system for information storage and retrieval.
  • To educate and assist college students and staff in the identification and effective use of information resources preserve the library collections and materials and maintain and upgrade physical and technological set up to enhance the quality of service.
  • To deliver intellectual access to information through learning activities that are integrated into the curriculum and help all students achieve information literacy by developing real cognitive strategies for selecting, retrieving, analyzing, evaluating, synthesizing, creating, and collaborating information in all formats and all content areas of the curriculum.


  • To deliver current library materials and databases that support the academic curriculum
  • To collect library materials in all formats, broaden and update all collections to meet the needs of Bethlahem College of Education programs, and support the various aspects of the institution: teaching, training, research, and services
  • To meet or exceed accreditation standards by NAAC.
  • To provide access to the library resources and servers via web pages, Digital Repository, and online recourses.
  • To help the faculty members and students to attain high academic distinction.
  • To facilitate the creation of new knowledge.
  • To facilitate optimal use of knowledge by all staff and students.
  • To encourage and foster reading habits among staff and students.
  • To provide a curriculum-based, flexibility scheduled, open-access learning environment that accommodates all learners.


  • The library has an area of 3744 sq.
  • The digital library is equipped with 9 systems
  • The seating capacity in the library is 150
  • The library works between 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on working days.
  • Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) is accessible in our Library.
  • The library is automated.
  • The printer and copier are meant for use.
  • Internet’s bandwidth/speed is 2 Mbps.
  • The reference section has 2500 volumes
  • The reprography section has a photocopier.
  • The library is partnering with an inter-library loan service.
  • Information and Library Network (INFLIBNET) N-List facilities are available.


Library membership is open to the faculty members, research scholars, students and administrative staff of the college. Research scholars and faculty members from other universities can use the library facilities with the special permission.

Borrowing Facilities

  • The privilege of borrowing books from the library is restricted to members only.
  • Members are provided OPAC with RFID Barcoding identity cards.
  • Library identity cards should be issue for borrowing books. These cards are not transferable.
  • Number of books to be borrowed varies according to the category of the members.
  • Loss/damage of cards and books should be reported immediately to the Librarian.
  • Readers will be charged with fines for overdue loans at the @ Re.2/- per book per day.


The basis for the automation of the library was started with the manual entry of the details of the books. These facts were continued in the data entry terminals and stored. Databases for books, journals, and these were shaped. The database for serial holdings is under development. Web- Based OPAC has been shaped for more than 15,775 books available in the library. Circulation activities were computerized providing statistics on the issue and return of books and demands about issues and retrieval of books.

Library Resources

Collection growth has been done custody given the interdisciplinary nature of the study in this College. Library obtains books on various fields of information – Education, Home Science, Humanities, Management, and Science. Also supplying to the academic needs of the students and faculty members of the college, the library has a profound collection of reference resources such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, yearbooks, census reports, bibliographies, etc. The present collection exceeds 9000 Title which includes textbooks, reference books, theses, and back volumes of journals. It endorses 50 periodicals and also receives 1 (one) journal as a gift and on an exchange basis. It also contains learning materials in a wide variety of electronic formats. The Library has an extensive range of reference books on all subjects and areas taught at the college. Apart from this, we have a collection of dictionaries and thesaurus, biographies and autobiographies, encyclopedias, handbooks, project books, books on general knowledge, current affairs, books on English grammar, humanities, and location awareness. In accumulation, books for competitive exams like NET, SET, TET, TRB, and TNPSC are accessible in the library for reference. Internet facility is available in the library. There are no specified hours for internet usage in the library. The printer and photocopying machine are available in the library. For issuing books, the Radio Frequency Identification system (RFID) is surveyed. There is also an OPAC system in the library through which various library resources can be easily studied. Our College Library has a reading room with the capacity of a chair of 150 and M Ed Resource Center.

Regular library hours, book bank systems, question banks, and regular assignment arrangements ensure the maximum utilization of the library resources in full. Thus the library is well equipped and the library resources are used to the maximum.

Access to Library Resources

All documents are classified according to Dewy decimal Classification Scheme. Open Access System is adopted in the library. OPAC (On-Line Public Access Catalogue) has been created. Multi-searches via author, title, and subject and class number are possible. Special reference collections of books are placed in separate section.

Current Awareness Service

The new books are displayed in the display racks. The wrappers or jackets of the latest additions are displayed in the notice board.

Selective Dissemination of Information

SDI is provided manually to limited extent based on the requirement.

Reference Service

The library assists readers in finding information in the library books and journals, in preparing bibliographies, in guiding readers generally in the most efficient use of the library’s resources and facilities.

Newspaper Clipping Service

The newspaper clipping from 5 dailies on various subjects are made available to readers for reference.

Display Services

Special displays are arranged on important events in the main reading hall.

Library Activities

As part of Library activities, Students Corner and Career Corner are conduct in our Library. Students from Matriculation and Government Schools take part and develop their reading skills during the summer vacation. For the career corner, the employment news, General Knowledge books, Current affairs are given to our student- teachers for their future careers. Scholars from various universities and colleges utilize the Inter-Library Loan (ILL Library) facility. The college toppers are given a Gold Card facility for using the library in their lifetime. Best reader and User awards are given to the student-teachers and faculty members. Library Week is celebrated to promote the reading traditions among the students and various competitions were organized. World book day is celebrated every year in our library. This year world book day was celebrated with a theme of ‘gift a book and get a friend to give them chance to put their reading and knowledge very creatively and in innovative ways. A Bookfair was organized in our library as it enables them to know new titles of the books. Our library provides an opportunity for the students and faculty members to attend book exhibitions in other colleges. Our library has a well- operative readers club to improve students reading skills, and raising awareness among students of a wider range of written materials. Kavithai day was celebrated to encourage students writing skills and to appreciate the power of poetry and how it can capture the creative spirit of the human mind. We conduct library committee meetings twice a year for providing feedback, sharing ideas, and asking questions to know the needs of the students and staff.

Library Rules

  • The library will be kept open from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. on all working days
  • Personal books and files should be left on the rack at the entrance of the library. Plain sheets may be taken instead.
  • Students/Staff should enter in the Gate Register while entering the library.
  • The library users should possess their ID card while they are inside the library.
  • Silence should be strictly observed in the Library.
  • Discussions are not allowed inside the library.
  • Books will be issued only on production of Bar-coded ID card.
  • No sub-lending of book is permitted.
  • Membership Cards are not transferable.
  • Marking and underlining with pencil or pen and folding the paper edges for book marks are absolutely forbidden. Readers shall be held responsible for any damage done to the book belonging to the Library and shall be required to replace such book or pay the value thereof.
  • The arrangement of chairs and other furniture in the reading area should not be disturbed.
  • For the benefit of its users, the library is following the Open Access System. The books, current journals, back volumes taken out the racks shall not be replaced. They should be left only on the tables.
  • UG students can borrow three books and PG students can borrow three books at a time.
  • Books will be issued normally for a period of seven days. Depending on the demand for the books at a particular time, some books may be issued for three days or for overnight use only. If a book is not returned on the due day, a fine of Re.2 per day will be collected.
  • The following conditions are to be followed for the renewal of books.
    1. The book has to be produced in the Library for renewal.
    2. More than one renewal will not be allowed.
  • A book may be extended, provided there is no particular demand for it.
  • Absence from the College will not be allowed as an excuse for the delay in the return of books.
  • Students are expected to use the books with care. If a book is lost or damaged borrower should replace the book or pay penalty 5 to 10 times the cost of the book.
  • Users are allowed to take the photocopies of the required articles.
  • Photocopying of full.
  • While accessing the E-resources of the library, proper entries are to be made in the records of the library. Downloading of the information is also permitted.
  • Accessing unwanted and unnecessary information from the internet is strictly prohibited.
  • New books received will be on display for a week.
  • Using of Mobile Phones inside the Library is strictly followed.
  • Violation of the rules would lead to expulsion of the student from the college.
    1. The above rules are introduced to regularize the use of the library resources and will be reviewed periodically to meet the changing needs.
    2. Any changes in the rules or information to members will be notified on the Library Notice Board as and when required.

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