Said Central Library
The Hamdard University library system consists of
central library and six faculty libraries—i. faculty of science, ii.
faculty of medicine, iii. faculty of pharmacy, iv. faculty of nursing, v.
faculty of islamic studies and vi. faculty of management studies and
information technology. The central library of the university was named as
‘Hakim Mohammed Said Central Library’ after the name of younger
brother of the founder Hakeem Abdul
The total library holdings exceed 1.46 lakh including
1,05,000 English, Urdu, Arabic, Persian, Hindi, etc. books. 17,000
bound volumes, 20,000 rare collections and 4500 manuscripts, mostly in
Urdu, Arabic and Persian languages. The library receives 200 Indian and
foreign journals, out of which 124 by subscriptions and 76 by gratis,
covering medicine, pharmacy, nursing, biotechnology, toxicology, computer
science, management science, religion and social sciences.
The library has some special collections:
Abdul Sattar Siddiqui collection,
Maulana Abdul Salam Niazi collection,
Shafi Ahmad collection
Dr Tanveer Alvi collection.
Nearly, 90% of these collections are in Urdu, Arabic
and Persian languages, and the remaining 10% are in English, Hindi and
Sanskrit languages. Most of these books are very old and information
contain in these books are extremely valuable as these are not available
in almost all Indian and foreign libraries and are the scholarly
contributions of many scholars and academicians of bygone days. Main
themes of most of the books are on Islam and its multi-dimensional
influences on different religions worldwide.
Research scholars, academicians, etc., specially in
the field of Islamic studies may be highly benefited by studying these
valuable resources available in Jamia Hamdard Central library.
III. Press Clippings
The library has nearly 2,50,000 press clippings built
up since 1964. These are systematically arranged under 500 subject
headings as selected by the Late Hakeem Abdul Hamid, the founder of the
There are 237 microfilm rolls, covering 940 very rare
manuscripts, 700 microfiche, 2 CD-ROMs databases –MEDLINE and TOXLINE,
and huge collections of CDs, covering computer science and related fields.
Besides plethora of invaluable resources properly
organised and managed in different sections of the Hamdard library, it has
two very special sections—i. Manuscript and ii. Museum, which need
little elaboration by virtue of their rare knowledge bases for in depth
study by research scholars and academicians interested in different fields
of human knowledge.
The central library has about 4500 rare manuscripts, having great research
value and these are mostly in Urdu, Arabic and Persian languages. These
deal with almost all important areas in the field of Islamic Studies,
Medicines and different branches of sciences. Most of these manuscripts
are handwritten by the authors. Scholars can consult these manuscripts in
the section in presence of the In-charge of the section. Manuscripts which
are in microfilm forms could be consulted with the help of the Micro-film
readers available in the Reprographic section. Printed catalogues of
manuscripts of different libraries in India are available for consultation
in the section.
The museum is housed on the ground floor of the central library
building. It comprises
sculptures, glass and porcelain exhibits, instruments, documentary
material, charts, diagrams, etc., giving a comprehensive idea of the
evolution of medicine from the pre-historic and proto-historic times to
the modern world. It has three fold purposes. It helps: (a) in teaching of
science and culture, (b) in tracing the history of development of
medicine, and (c) in assisting research scholars. The display covers all
great civilizations of the world and helps both medical students and
laymen to grasp the amazing dimensions of science and art of healing. A
restoration laboratory and a mounting unit are attached to the museum. It
is planned to add many new artifacts and museum specimens to make this
facility a more useful source of reference and knowledge.
Library had completed its first phase of automation
on receipt of the grants-in –aid of Rs.6.50 lakh from UGC during the
year 1999-2000. It had completed the installation of Local Area Network
(LAN) having 21 terminals, scattered in four floors of the library
building. It had also completed catalogue databases for books, serials and
theses/dissertations by using CDS/ISIS (3.08) package on receipt of the
recurring grants-in-aid of Rs.1.17 lakh during 2000-2001.
As library has huge collections of Urdu, Arabic,
Persian, etc. books, it purchased a software INPAGE for preparing
catalogues of these books. So far, more than 5000 records had been
completed and it has facilitated searching of books by author, title and
Library has planned to purchase LIBSYS software very
soon and all the records of books, serials and theses/dissertations in
English language will be loaded to this user-friendly package. As the
software has all the required modules for almost all the activities of the
library it will be possible to automate all the sections of the library
and also it will accelerate in providing all possible services to user
Service on demand
Book alert Service
and Calligraphic Service
Computer Aided Services:
facility for teachers and research scholars
databases for books, serials and theses/dissertations search facility
access to E-journals through J-Gate Website of Informatics India(P) Ltd.,
The library is kept open from 9 am to 12 midnight in all
working days and from 9 am to 5 pm in holidays and Sundays.
Library Contact Person
Dr Ajay Kumar Singh
Phone 011-26059688 extn.