Library System of Banaras Hindu University is one of the largest library systems in the country. The library started with donation done by Prof. P.K. Telang in remembrance of his father K.T. Telang who was Justice in the year, 1917. The renowned historian Sir Jadunath Sarkar nurtured it in its infancy. The university was getting popular among the masses, so the administrative body felt the need for bigger premises and they decided to shift the university and the library to its present location.
In the year 1941, the university was shifted to its present location, which was built by the liberal donation from Maharaja Shivaji Rao Gaekwad. University and the library were designed on the suggestion of Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya who just came from the Round Table Conference, London. He suggested that we must build the library premises on a pattern of the great British Library Museum located in London.
It all started with precious donation of books, it grew tremendously with excellent donations from family and personnel collection from many renowned families and personalities like Batuk Nath Sharma, Roormal Goenka, Jamnalal Bajaj of Wardha, Lala Sri Ram of Delhi, Nehru Family collection, Tagore Family collection, etc are some great names and families. With massive donation, university collected 60000 books in 1931 itself. The trend of donation continued as late as forties with unique and rare books collection and journals of 18th century.
In the sixties and seventies, the university library took great pace in the growth and development of library system with the establishment of the university. Currently, BHU library system comprises of central library at the top, eight faculty libraries, three Institute libraries and twenty-five departmental libraries with an overall collection of more than 13 lakh books and journals for its researchers, scholars, technical staffs, and students of the university.
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