Library

(i) The central library in JNU houses a valuable collection of books on the arts in the 6th floor reading room. They are available for consultation from 9 am to 6 pm, daily.

 

(ii) The Departmental Library of our School is a small but rapidly growing resource. It is within the School premises, currently housed on the 1st floor of the School building. The list of books available in this library is posted as an Excel document on the two computers available for student use, as well as on the computers in the School's office. Students may browse and search through these files to locate the books they need. The library in-charge, will make books available in the 1st floor reading room (i.e., the Gallery and Room 103) from 2pm to 5 pm each working day. She will also take orders for photocopying at that time; these orders will be filled on the next working day. Most books are available for use in the reading room only; but a small number of designated textbooks are available for overnight issue.

 

(iii) The American Institute of Indian Studies in Gurgaon has the best library on art and archaeology and ethnomusicology in Delhi. It is open from 9 5, Monday to Friday. For membership, bus route, and timings, contact Dr Shubha Chaudhuri or Dr U S Moorti: +91 124 2381536; at Post Bag 67, Plot 22, sector 32, Institutional area, Gurgaon, Haryana 122001. E mail: aiiscaagaon@sapta.com

 

(iv) The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts: The reference library of IGNCA has a large collection of primary and secondary material in the broad areas of humanities and the arts. It constitutes books, reprographics of several folios of unpublished Sanskrit, Pali, Persian and Arabic manuscripts in microfilm and microfische, Photographs and slides. The Collection includes books on archaeology, philosophy, religion and ritual studies, history and anthropology, art and literature as well as folk, pastoral and community studies. They have a good web-site: http://ignca.nic.in; and are located at 1 C.V. Mess, Janpath, New Delhi 110001

 

(v) The Sangeet Natak Akademi has extensive archival and library resources on Indian performing arts. Permission to access these may be had with a formal letter to The Secretary , Sangeet Natak Akademi, Rabindra Bhavan, Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi-110001: Phones 23387246, 47, 48, Fax: 23385715, E-mail: sangeetnatak@bol.net.in

 

In addition, the SNA also has a centre devoted to Kathak dance in Delhi: Kathak Kendra, Bahawalpur House, Bhagwan Dass Road, New Delhi-110001. Telephone: (011) 338-5065; Fax: (011) 338-7182

 

(vi) The National Archives of India is the repository of the non-current records of the Government of India and is holding them in trust for the use of administrators and scholars. It is an Attached Office of the Department of Culture under Ministry of Tourism & Culture. It was set up in March 1891 in Calcutta (Kolkata) as the Imperial Record Department and subsequent to the transfer of the National Capital from Calcutta to New Delhi in 1911 it was shifted to its present building in 1926. It has a vast library and a museum of manuscripts. It is located opposite the IGNCA near the intersection of Janpath and Rajpath. A form needs to be filled to grant a scholar access to the collections. See: http://nationalarchives.nic.in

 

(vii) The National Museum (also on Janpath, and next to the Archaeological Survey of India) is India's largest museum with comprehensive collections of Indian art / material culture. These form an invaluable resource that students are encouraged to use to acquaint themselves with the history of Indian art. The Museum also houses a large reference Library, devoted to art-history and archaeology. A letter of introduction from the School will get students access to the library.

 

(viii) The National Gallery of Modern Art is housed in Jaipur House, at India Gate (between Sher Shah Road and Dr Zakir Hussain Road on the India Gate roundabout). Apart from its seminal collections on modern Indian art, the Art Reference Library of the National Gallery of Modern Art comprises books on painting, sculpture, graphics, architecture and other minor arts. Tel. 011-23384640, 23382835; http://www.ngmaindia.gov.in

 

(ix) The Crafts Museum at Pragati Maidan, Bhairon Road, New Delhi 110001 is open 10 5.30 everyday except Monday, has a vast collection of folk and tribal arts, crafts and textiles, ritual objects and those from village homes.

 

(x) The National School of Drama's Library is one of the country's most specialized libraries in the field of theatre and drama. For further information contact the Library-in-Charge, National School of Drama, Bahawalpur House, Bhagwandas Road, New Delhi - 110 001.

 

 

(xi) Comprehensive listings of the various galleries and venues for performing and visual arts in the city are to be found in the newspapers, and Delhi Diary and First City Magazines.

(xii) On-line resources: There is a VAST amount of unreliable or poorly researched or worse, at times politically motivated, misrepresented information available on the internet and students may be easily misled by it. Use reliable sites, confirm with your teachers if you are using a website for research. The JNU library has subscriptions to some excellent online resources such as Project Muse (http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/) and jstor (www.jstor.edu) These are gateways to the electronic archives of many international journals from which the JNU community can search and download information and articles for free. (www.jstor.org: JSTOR offers researchers the ability to retrieve high-resolution, scanned images of journal issues and pages as they were originally designed, printed, and illustrated.) The journals archived in JSTOR span many disciplines. You will find this website invaluable in gaining access to expensive international journals that Indian libraries may not subscribe to. The JNU has institutional subscription. These online journals be accessed from on-campus computers whose IPO's have been registered with the portal.

The JNU library is also a member of DELNET, a network of libraries in Delhi and beyond, allowing for searches of all networked catalogues and inter-library loans