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Hakim Mohammed 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 Hamid.

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Library Collection 

I. Conventional Collection 

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. 

II. Special Collections 

The library has some special collections:

i.                     Naziria collection,
ii.                   Abdul Sattar Siddiqui collection, 
iii.                  Maulana Abdul Salam Niazi collection, 
iv.                 Jaffri collection, 
v.                   Shafi Ahmad collection  
vi.                 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 university. 

IV. Non-Conventional Collection

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. 

Special Sections

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. 

i. Manuscript Section: 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.   

ii. Museum: 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 Automation 

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 keyword. 

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 community.  

Library Services 

1. Conventional Services
Circulation Service
Reference Service
Reprographic Service
Bibliographic Service on demand
New Book alert Service
Art and Calligraphic Service
Binding Service

2. Computer Aided Services:
INTERNET access facility
E-mail facility for teachers and research scholars
CD-ROM search facility
Catalogue databases for books, serials and theses/dissertations search facility
Online access to E-journals through J-Gate Website of Informatics India(P) Ltd., Bangalore.

Library Timings

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
University Librarian

E-Mail: aksingh@jamiahamdard.ac.in
Phone  011-
26059688 extn. 5800 and 5801
Fax      091-011-