Know Your Library

About The Library

Welcome to the Ranganathan Library of the Central University of Punjab. Here in our Library, we use Koha, a full-featured open-source ILS. Developed initially in January of 2000 by Katiop Communications for Horowhenua Library Trust, Leading libraries around the globe are currently using it. At our University Library, the Installation, Maintainance, and Technical aspects of Koka ILS are handled by our Library staff. 

The University Library, established in 2009, has experienced rapid and consistent growth in its expansion and development efforts. It caters to the learning and research needs of teachers and students within the university. With its carefully designed modular furniture, the library offers an elegant and comfortable environment for its users. The library boasts an impressive collection of over 53,149 titles and subscribes to 38 international and national print journals. Additionally, it provides access to a vast number of electronic journals through the e-ShodhSindhu Consortium and independent subscriptions. Users can benefit from 7,231 full-text online journals through the e-ShodhSindhu Consortium and independently, including renowned publishers such as the American Chemical Society, American Physical Society, Annual Reviews, JSTOR, Oxford University Press, Project Muse, Sage, Springer Link, Taylor & Francis, and Wiley-Blackwell. To facilitate research, the University Library offers access to various essential full-text databases, including ISID (The Institute for Studies in Industrial Development), JCCC (J-Gate Custom Content for Consortium), SciFinder Scopus, Web of Science, DELNET Online, among others. The library is fully air-conditioned and strategically located in the Academic Block, providing a state-of-the-art seating facility and a quiet, restorative ambience. The interior of the library is equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing users to access offline and online resources seamlessly. The library employs advanced technology such as Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Electro Magnetic Security System (EMSS) for automated self-service and enhanced security. Users can take advantage of the modern Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) to explore the library's vast collection. Additionally, the library offers modern reprographic facilities. In summary, the University Library is a dynamic and expanding institution that prioritizes the needs of its users. With its extensive collection of books and journals, advanced technology, comfortable seating, and serene environment, the library provides an ideal space for learning, research, and academic growth.

Library Floor Plan

Ground Floor

  • Books (Class no 000 to 499)
  • Circulation Section
  • Reprographic Section
  • Maps and Atlas
  • Braille Section
  • Newspaper Section
  • Reading Area (20 Users)
  • Librarians Office

First Floor

  • Books (Class no 500 to 999, Punjabi and Hindi Books)
  • Reference books Section
  • Competitive books Section
  • Periodical Section
  • Computer Lab
  • Reading Hall (130 Users)
  • Reading Area (14 Users)
  • Assistant Librarians Office

Second Floor

  • Hind Di Chadar Shri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji Sikh History Section
  • Donated & Gifted Book Section
  • Theses and Dissertations Section
  • Audio Video Section
  • Acquisition & Technical Section
  • Reading Hall (162 Users)
  • Reading Area (14 Users)
  • Assistant Librarians Office


  • Self Issue / Self Return facilities are available for library users.
  • Online renewal and reservation facilities are available for library users via OPAC.
  • E-Mail & SMS intimation is given to the borrower about the last date of the return book to avoid late returns.
  • E-Mail & SMS services are available to library users for getting information about the reserved book.

Security and Safety

  • CCTV cameras are installed for complete surveillance of the library.
  • Library is Equipped with state of the art RFID book tagging system.
  • Electromagnetic Security Gates and RFID Gates are installed at the library exit door to prevent theft of library resources.
  • Security personnel is available at visible positions, such as entrance areas, to deter potential security issues.
  • An appropriate number of staff members are always present in the library at all times to monitor activities and respond to user needs or security concerns.
  • An appropriate number of staff members are always present in the library at all times to monitor activities and respond to user needs or security concerns.
  • The library has clearly marked fire exits and evacuation routes, and staff members are preprepared to respond to disasters, emergencies, or security threats.
  • The library takes issues pertaining to women's safety and sexual harassment very seriously, and complies with the guidelines laid out by the Internal Complaints Committee.

Borrowing Privileges

Users are permitted to take books outside the library only after having them issued on their cards.

Catagory Number of Books Duration Renewals
Faculty 8 Books 60 Days Two Times
Officers 8 Books 60 Days Two Times
PhD Researchers 5 Books 15 Days Two Times
PG Students 4 Books 15 Days Two Times
Non-Teaching Staff 2 Books 15 Days Two Times

Timing of the Library

  • The library is open for all 365 days – except three national holidays.
  • The library timing is from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
  • The two reading rooms are open from 09:00 AM up to 2:00 AM.
  • The books Issue and Return facility at the Circulation counter is available on all days from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM.
    • Fees and Fines

      • Overdue books attract a fine of Rs. 25 Per day per Book.
      • Overdue fine is calculated only for the weekdays (From Monday to Friday, excluding any Holidays). However, the circulation facilities are available to the user on all 7 days of the week (except National Holidays).
      • To safeguard the library reading materials from theft, A precautionary fine is imposed on users who try to take the books outside the library without checking them out in his/her account.
      • Rs 200 on the First Incident (Rs. Two Hundred Only). *
      • Rs 500 on the Second Incident (Rs. Five Hundred Only).*
      • Rs 1000 Upon the Third consecutive Incident and cancellation of library membership, resulting in the closure of all library services and a ban on the student's entry to the library premises.#
      * In the event that an economically disadvantaged student requests a waiver of fines due to their poor financial condition, the following guidelines will be followed. Upon recommendation by the head of the Department/Incharge Library / Senior Most Library employee, the student will be granted permission to work in the library for a specified duration, as outlined below.
        • For the First incident  (When a Fine of Rs 200 is Imposed): The student will be required to work in the library for a total of 4 hours. 
        • For the Second incident (When a Fine of 500 is Imposed): The student will be expected to work in the library for a total of 10 hours.
      # If the library receives any requests of grievances, a standing committee consisting of the following members; 
    • Incharge Library
    • HOD of the concerned department, 
    • Senior Most library employee
The above-mentioned committee members will be responsible for making further decisions.

Library Etiquette

  • Every member shall be responsible for the books borrowed against one’s membership.
  • The library identity card is non-transferable to another user.
  • Manuscripts, reference books, rare books, maps, atlases, periodicals (loose numbers and bound volumes) and such other reading materials shall not be issued.
  • At the time of issuing of books, members must satisfy regarding their physical condition. The borrower will be held responsible for any damage or mutilation noticed at the time of return.
  • The book shall not be reissued if the same book is already reserved for another user.  
  • The librarian can recall any book (s) at any time without assigning any reason. 
  • Book (s) can be reserved by members on OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue) or directly in the library. The member will be informed through email and SMS as soon as the book (s) is available. 
  • If a book is lost or gets mutilated, the borrower will be responsible for replacing the same with the latest edition of a new book. 
  •  If the borrower fails to replace the lost/mutilated book, a three-time cost of the book will be realized. 
  •  Loss of a book or identity card must be immediately reported in writing to the librarian. 
  •  In case the library users lose their identity card, a new ID card will be issued against a payment of Rs.100/-. The Library user will be responsible for any transactions against the lost ID card till it is reported to the librarian.
  •  The library shall not be responsible for any loss or damage to the personal belongings of the users. 
  •  Readers should not make noise / heated exchanges as these may disturb other readers. Reading halls are meant for a peaceful environment. 
  •  Marking, scratching, damaging, mutilating, or stealing library materials or property will invite disciplinary action against the defaulters. 
  •  The use of Mobile phones is not permitted inside the Library premises. 
  •  Users are not allowed to carry eatables/drinks inside the Library premises except a water bottle. 
  • Users should not rest or keep their feet on tables, chairs, shelves, etc. 
  •  The Librarian/Incharge Library reserves the right to suspend the membership of any member found misbehaving with the library staff or other library users. 
  •  The member is liable for strict disciplinary action in case of violation of any of the library rules.
This system is made operational by the in-house staff of the CUP Library.