P K Kelkar Library

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P. K. Kelkar Library (Formerly Central Library) of the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur is housed with all modern amenities, and is situated in a magnificent three-storied building covering an area of 5730 square meters. The mission of the Library is to provide information services and access to bibliographic, full text both in digital and printed resources to support the scholarly and information needs of all students, faculty members and staff.

The Library caters information to support the teaching and research to the students and faculty members of the institute. It has an excellent well equipped air conditioned Library having high bandwidth computer network enabled with WiFi and VPN for accessing Library E-Resources round the clock from anywhere. Library is fully automated with high end servers and more than 50 computers for in-house operations with trained manpower.


The Abstracting and Indexing periodicals, Microform and CD-ROM databases, Technical reports, Standards and Thesis are important part of this collection. Each year, on an average 4500 books and journal volumes are added to the collection. The total collection breakup is:

  • Books (general and reference) 175,000
  • Cartographic materials 500
  • Machine-readable databases 25
  • Periodicals(back volumes) 135,000
  • Technical Reports 25,000
  • IIT Kanpur thesis 15,000
  • ISI standards 10,000
  • Periodicals on current subscription 1,200

Following is the area-wise breakup of the Library's collections:

  • Science 35%
  • Technology 32%
  • Humanities and Social Sciences 28%
  • Other Area 5%

Borrowing Facility

Source:Library Website

Borrowing privileges are given only to the Faculty, Visiting Faculty, Research scholars, Staff and Students those who are registered in the library.

Borrowing Privileges

Faculty, Academic staff  : 20 Books 180 Days

Ph.D. Students  : 15 Books 30 Days

PG Students, Group A & B Staff  : 10 Books 30 Days

UG Students & Group C & D Staff  : 10 Books 14 Days

Superannuated Faculty  : 05 Books 90 Days

Alumni Membership  : 05 Books 30 Days

Overdue Charges:  : 20 Paise per day

Reserved Section

Library also has a reserved section from where Students/Faculty can issue books against their ID card. Issued books have to be returned on same working day.

Operating Hours

The Library opens 358 days a year, with the following schedule of hours:

  • Monday-Friday  : 8 A.M. to 12 midnight
  • Saturday  : 9 A.M. to 12 midnight
  • Sunday & Holidays  : 9 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.
  • Examination days  : round the clock

"Library is closed on National holidays. Library On-line services are accessible 24X7 hours."

Circulation Hours

  • Monday-Friday  : 9 A.M. to 9 P.M.
  • Saturday  : 9 A.M. to 4 P.M.
  • Sunday & Holidays  : no circulation

Library Resources & Collection

Organization of Collections

Books are basically organized by the revised 20th edition of Dewey decimal classification order order (DDC20), and placed, collection wise, on the sequences of steel racks beginning from a part of the second floor and extending to top one. a descriptive dictionary card catalogue, based on AACR2 levels 2 cataloguing rules, has been maintained for the traditional access by author, title, LCSH subject headings and by name of series. each week, new arrivals of books are displayed on the ground floor for readers.

Text Books

User community of the academic library constitutes mostly the students and teachers. the academic course structure of the Institute requires various sets of prescribed text books. therefore, the library maintains a separate collection of limited copies of such books for use within the library itself, so large number of students may share the same in equal measures. that exactly is the collection is issued for home reading.

Reference Books

Reference collection has good collection of reference tools, such as encyclopedias, handbooks, directories, yearbooks, almanacs etc. which are secondary or derived sources of information. these collections are continuously updated with new tools and new editions and supplements to old ones, in order to give only the latest on the subject.


Thesis collection includes only the M. Tech., M.Sc. and Ph.D. thesis submitted by the students of the institute. this collection is around 15,000.


The collection of back volumes periodicals is divided into three sequences which are on the top floor in the Library.

Compact Shelving Sequence consisting of periodicals upto 1965.

Indexing and Abstracting journals

The bulk of other back volumes have been placed on the racks in a single alphabetical sequence.

The library maintains a card catalogue and on-line catalogue service for information about the holdings of periodicals and the location of individual titles. the currently subscribed journals are placed in the departmental/funding order, the sequence in each division being alphabetical again, also located on the top floor. the latest issues are displayed on the slanting covers of the pigeonholed racks. a rotating Linedex, in alphabetical order of titles, has been maintained for easy location of the current journals. periodicals, single issues of bound volumes are not issued for home use except for overnight reading by the faculty members. newly checked-in-journals issues are displayed on the top floor, three times a week, and the bibliographic details of the same placed on the network.


Of late, the library has been building the collection of some information resources in CD-ROM and other magnetic media. among them are some of the most important abstract-based databases. with its well equipped CD workstations, information seeking and researching has become a great deal more fun and easy than ever thought before. Some of the most used international databases on CD-ROM discs and diskettes, including archival files maintained by the library are:

  1. Oxford Dictionary
  2. Ulrich on Disk
  3. Psychology
  4. Sociology
  5. Cumulative Book Index
  6. Encyclopedia sci & tech
  7. Biological Abstract
  8. ASTM
  9. BIS
  10. LISA
  11. National Geographic
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