National Science Library

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NISCAIR serves as a single window in the country for providing all kinds of S & T information. Its role as the national information resource is fulfilled through the National Science Library (NSL) that has a comprehensive collection of S&T publications in the country and is offering services on a national scale. NSL also acts as a referral centre and clearing house for the best utilisation of the existing collection in the country. Thus, it extends its base of operation to the national scale.


Set up in 1964, NSL aims at acquiring all important S&T publications published in the country and strengthening its resource base for foreign periodicals by acquiring the journals on CD-ROM or other electronic form as far as possible. NSL has a rich collection of over 2,00,000 volumess including monographs and bound volumes of journals in the following fields:

I. Print Resources

II. E-Resources


The library is open to public and all are welcome to explore and utilize the collection in library premises.

NSL welcomes individuals / institutions for becoming members to utilize its huge and valuable collection. Retired CSIR staff are also eligible to become member.

Membership fee and Security deposit

  Individual : Rs. 150/- per annum against a security deposit of Rs. 1500/-   

  Institution/Corporate member : Rs. 1000/- per annum against a security deposit of Rs. 9000/-

  Retired CSIR staff : Security deposit of Rs. 1500/-

Issue rules

Number of publications to be issued

Individual :             One book

Institution :             Six books

Retired CSIR staff : One book

Duration of loan :  30 days for all members

Renewals            :  Once only for 30 days

Overdue charges :  Rs. 5/- per day for the first five days and subsequently Rs. 10/- per day


Lending time (Monday to Friday) :   10.00 AM to 1.00 PM

                                                            3.00 PM to 4.00 PM


Loss or Damage of publication

The borrower is obliged to compensate lost or damaged publications either by replacing the publication or by paying for it as per the rules. In case, the amount of the lost publication is not paid, it will be recovered from the security deposit of the user.



Reader's Service

The library is open to public for reading and consultation during working hours from 9.00 AM to 8.00 PM (Monday to Friday) and from 9.30 AM to 5.30 PM (on Saturdays).

Technical Query Service

NSL responds to any query related to journals and books.

Copying Service

The library provides on the spot Xerox  copies of articles from its own collection, at a nominal rate of Rs. 1.00 per page. The first 30 pages of Xerox copies are provided free to students/research scholars.  It also provides printout from journals on CDs available in-house. The charges for this service are Rs. 5.00 per page (25% discount for students).

Inter Library Loan Service

The library issues out its publications to the users of other libraries in Delhi through inter library loan service. Similarly, NSL gets the publications on inter library loan from other libraries in Delhi for its members.

e - Journals Access The library has started providing free access to electronic journals from 13 leading international publishers viz. Elsevier, Springer, American Institute of Physics, Blackwell, John Wiley, Cambridge University Press, American Society for Mechanical Engineers,American Society for Civil Engineers, American Chemical Society, Royal Society of Chemistry, Taylor and Francis, Emerald, Oxford University press 
Contact Persons

Sh. Prakash Chand and Mrs Naima Ilyas
National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR)
14, Satsang Vihar Marg, New Delhi 110067.