1. How One can become Member of the IGNCA’s Reference Library?
IGNCA’s Reference Library invites membership from the following categories of persons:-
- D Research Scholars
- Academicians/Teachers of the Universities
- General Readers who are interested in the field of Art and Culture.
Membership form is available in the Library and same can be downloaded from the website. The nominal fee @ of Rs.250/-is charged from the students as annually. For others the Annual Membership fee is Rs.500/-.An identity card is needed for enrolment. The Members can consult books, periodicals and other research and reference resources in the Library.
2. What is the rule for casual visitors?
Casual readers can utilise the resources of the library for a few days. They are required to produce an identity card.
3. Can we get books issued from the Library?
IGNCA’s Library is basically a Reference Library. Lending facility is available only to the IGNCA’s Staff. However, others can consult the Library and get photocopies of material as and when needed.
4. What type of books are available in the Library?
IGNCA’s Reference Library is strong in the area of Art and Culture of India. However, there are books on other regions of the world also particularly on South East Asia. More details available on our website under Kalanidhi.
5. What are the subjects on which the books are available in the Library?
The collection is strong in the areas like art history, archaeology, social anthropology, philosophy, lifestyle and ritual studies, religion, classical literature, performing arts as well as folk, pastoral and community studies. There are books on ancient Indian history and culture. More details available on our website under Kalanidhi.
6. What type of reference collection is available in the Library?
IGNCA Library is a rich collection of catalogues of manuscripts, Encyclopaedias, Dictionaries, Bibliographies and collected works of eminent persons in the field of literature. It is a multilingual library. Apart from English, books are available in Hindi, Bengali, Assamese and in certain foreign languages etc. More details available on our website under Kalanidhi.
7. What type of non book material is available in the Library?
Non book material comprises:
- Microfilm and digitised version of manuscripts (approximately 2.50 lac).
- Slides on Indian Art and Architecture including performing arts.
- Digitized version of rare books etc.
The manuscripts have been collected from various heritage libraries and institutions from India and also from foreign libraries like British Library, Bibliothique Nationale, de Paris; Strass Bibliothique, Berlin, St Petersberg Collection from Russia and collections from China and Indonesia . More details available on our website under Kalanidhi.
8. What type of material is available in the Cultural Archives of IGNCA?
The Cultural Archives of IGNCA has a wide variety of material. It includes:
- Personal diaries and other records of eminent people in the field of art.
Audio visual material comprising of music, interviews with eminent people in the field of art, embroideries, masks, paintings, sculptures and personal collections of art historians and scholars such as A.K. Coomaraswamy collection. More details available on our website under Kalanidhi.
9. How one can consult microfilm or digitised version of the manuscripts?
The research scholars can consult the digitised version of the manuscripts in the library. In order to get copies/print out of the text, they are required to seek permission from the actual owners of the original manuscripts. After obtaining permission, one can get copies of the text against payment. More details available on our website under Kalanidhi.
10. How one can use the slide collection of the IGNCA library?
The slides can be consulted for academic purpose. If someone wants to use photographs in books, he/she has to obtain permission from the IGNCA or from the copyright holder depending on the collection from which the slide is to be taken. More details available on our website under Kalanidhi.