The history of development of Administrative Training Institute Library is relatively young and goes back to the establishment of ATI West Bengal in 1982 to impart training of State as well as Central Civil Service Executives and other Government Officials. At the beginning a few books were collected and stored in a separate room. During the year 1995 library was shifted to a separate building. Full-phased library started functioning with total collection of 6937 documents.
At present two floors of library building are simultaneously used. Librarian’s chamber, book stack, display of new arrival of books (new inclusion), processing unit (new inclusion), preservation unit (new inclusion), reading room, reference section (new inclusion), computer section, and a reading area containing 25 seating arrangements are situated in the 1st floor.
Journal display unit, Report display and storage section, daily newspaper display and storage section, and another reading area containing 24 seating arrangements are in the 2nd floor. Two staff members, (one group C and one group D) sit in the 2nd floor.
Classification and Cataloguing
All the book documents have been classified following DDC 22nd edition classification code. All the documents were properly classified as per subject. We are using Computerised cataloguing system.
Total Number of books and Serials
Total Document collection in the library is near about 19000, out of which book collection is 14800. Every year 54 serials are received in the library. Every day 10 newspapers are displayed in the library for the readers.
Backlog of Library’s book database has been made up-to-date. The library service should reach up to the door-step of users. After thorough study of existing software available in the market, it has been decided that the e-granthalaya, an integrated library management software should be used in the library.It is a standard software based on MARC-2 format. This software controls most of the library works. Now the total library database has been accessible through web browser. Wide coverage of search items facilitates the users to access the library database in various aspects. At present OPAC browsing is possible within ATI campus (intranet facility is available).
Library service starts from 9.30 a.m. and closes at 7.30 p.m.
Special collection of library
Recently wide areas of IAS study materials have been collected in the library. This will facilitate coaching center of Civil service, which will start very soon in the ATI.