Engineering College Library
The Central Library of the Aligarh Muslim University, Maulana Azad Library is one of the largest university libraries of the world which provides access to about 18,00,000 volumes of books, 60,000 plus current journals and about 20,00,000 research papers in hard and soft copies. In addition, there are over 100 sister libraries (college/seminar libraries). The Library of Z. H. College of Engineering and Technology, is one of them. It is the second largest library of the University.
The Library of Z. H. College of Engineering and Technology, was established in 1938 with only 300 books and the number has gone over 1,85,800. In the last three years, 10,678 number of books have been added; number of additions in 2018-2019 alone is 2850.
The college library caters to the needs of more than 2500 UG, PG students and research scholars apart from about 225 teaching faculty. Presently the library is placed in a two-storied building with a total covered area of about 1000 sq.m. having three air conditioned reading rooms with a capacity of 220 persons. There is also an Electronic Periodical Section through which 12 users can access online journals at a time. Beside this, they can also access from their Laptops, laboratories and departmental libraries. Apart from the main college library, the college has departmental libraries in each of the eleven departments of the College.
The College Library is automated with Libsys 7.0 software which connects almost all computers of the library and the different departments of the college. Books are issued through bar-coded membership cards to the Post Graduate students and faculty members of the College from the circulation section. The books and other reading materials are issued to the college students for reading room study from the issue counter. The Catalogue of the College Library is available on internet/intranet for search. Books are tagged for security. The RFID security system and Sixteen CCTV cameras are installed to ensure safety of the Library materials. The College Library is also equipped with Fire Alarm Control Panel, 13 Modular automatic fire extinguishers and 10 manually operated fire extinguishers. Over 500 students, teachers and other members visit the Library almost every day. A register is maintained in the library and the visitor has to show his valid identity card at the entrance.
'New Arrivals' and 'Staff Publications' are displayed in showcases at the entrance of the Library. Two computers are installed for searching books through Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) at the entrance. Traditional catalogue is available in the Central Hall. The library runs in two shifts from 8:00 am till 10:00 pm on all working days. During examinations, College Library runs in three shifts from 08:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight and also open on weekends from 09:00 a.m. to 04:00 p.m. and in vacation, it remains open from 08:00 a.m. to 04:00 p.m. The library is having 07 technical staff, one UDC (admin.), four MTS (Office Attendants), 02 MTS (Library Attendant) and 03 Daily Wagers. The library offers photocopying service to students and staff on nominal charges.
COLLEGE BOOK BANK
The Book Bank of Zakir Husain College of Engineering and Technology, Aligarh Muslim University, is one of the oldest book banks among technological institutions in India. It was established in the year 1964 with the objective of helping the students of B.Sc Engg. who could not afford to purchase the text books. Grant from Third Five Year Plan was used in establishing the book bank.
It caters to the need of under graduate students of eight branches of studies viz. Architecture, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Electronics, Petrochemical and Mechanical Engineering, in addition to B.E students. All UG B.Tech, B.Arch. and B.E students get full set of textbooks as recommended by the concerned departments on nominal charges of 15% of the book cost for the entire session. A student can become the member of the Book Bank by depositing Rs.25/- as the registration fee for once in an academic year. This section is running with the collection received from the students on no loss no profit basis. The number of books in this section is about 1,13,651. The Rules of the Book Bank are decided by the User's Committee which consists of Principal, all Chairpersons of the department, University Librarian, Hony. Incharge Library with the latter being the convener of the meeting and the Principal being the Chairperson. As College Library is automated, books are issued through the Book Bank Module of the Libsys Software. The Book Bank caters to the need of about 1600 U.G. students by circulating among them about 80,000 books annually.
The College Library has a Periodical Section in which the print journals are available. At present, the College has subscribed 08 print journals pertaining to different departments, out of which 06 are international and 02 are national. The current issues of the subscribed journals are available in the respective departments as these are transferred there on their request.
ELECTRONIC PERIODICAL SECTION
This section was established in 2001. The College is a member of INDEST Consortium (Level 3) sponsored by AICTE and also a part of NDLI Club vide Club Registration No. INUPNC5SGJ6PXIA. The College Library is subscribing the following e-journals through INDEST consortium.
- IEEE-ASPP PACKAGE (298 journals & Magazines)
- ASCE (42 journals) funded by AICTE
- ASME (36 journals) funded by AICTE
- Construction and Building Materials
- ACM digital library (Open Access Journals)
The College Library also has course specific software "NPTEL Audio Video Lectures" on LAN. Apart from the above, Maulana Azad Library subscribes UGC funded e-resources through Infonet and J-gate database. All these journals can also be accessed on college LAN.
E-Books: The College Library has subscribed 32 e-books of different branches of studies and are accessed in the College. In addition, Maulana Azad Library has also subscribed e-books for different fields which can be accessed on college LAN.