Facilities and Services Available in TAPMI Library for Users:
TAPMI library firmly believes in service to its users. It makes all efforts to support academic activities of the institute. It attempts to realize Dr. S R Ranganathan's (father of library science in India) fourth law of Library science "Save the Time of Reader" with quality resources, services and dedicated staff.
Extended working hours of the library:
The library functions 17 hours a day with limited holidays. The working hours are as follows:
Monday to Saturday : 8.00 AM to 1.00 AM
Sunday : 8.00 AM to 11.00 PM
Declared Holidays : Opened/Closed depending on the situation.
Books/ Periodicals Borrowing: Books in lending section are available for home reading for the period of one week (for students). Similarly, the back issues of current periodicals and their bound back volumes of the same are also available for borrowing.
Overnight Borrowing: In addition to lending books, students can borrow two books in the textbook section for overnight reading, which needs to be returned by next day morning.
CDs/Videos Borrowing: The users can borrow CDs/VCDs and Video cassettes are available in the library for a short period.
Reading /Reference Facilities & Services:
The seating capacity of library is about 100 users. the Cubicles and Round Tables have been provided to facilitate individual reading and group discussions. The cubicles are fitted with power points for charging laptops. The reference collection includes Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, year books, Handbooks, industrial Directories, Training kits/manuals, Data books, Govt. of India Publications and Census reports, the textbook collection has copies of prescribed textbooks, Harvard Business School Publications and some book in demand.
Newspaper Browsing Facility:
The library subscribes to many general and business newspapers to library, hostels, guest house and faculty Loungue. The business papers will be preserved for the past one-two years and general papers will be preserved for the past 6-8 months.
Automated facilities & Services:
Bar-Coded Transactions: The circulaiton of books and periodicals have been bar-coded. The library I cards are bar-coded to facilitate the borrowings.
Online catalog Search (OPAC): The FoxPro based databases containing bibliographic details of books, periodicals, project reports, videocassettes, CDs, Cases and company annual reports have been developed in the library. The FoxPro driven in-house developed library software will allow users to search library catalog (OPAC) on intranet. The library software allows users to know the availability and status of the book in the library. the OPAC allows searching the books though Author, Title, Publisher, and Accno, subject, Class No. and Keywords.
Remote access: Since the campus is Wi-Fi enabled, the users can access library resources and OPAC across the campus including the library building. The library has taken all possible steps to provided IP based access to its internet-based databse subscriptions. in other words the access to databases are IP authenticated.
Autimated library operations: The library back-end operations such as acquisition, processing, bill payment, reminders, serials control, stock verification have been automated using the in-house developed library s/w. the data could be migrated to excel spreadsheets.
Inter Library Loan (ILL) and Networking :
The Library is a member of DELNET (DEveloping Library NETwork), New Delhi and AIRC (American Information Resource Center), Chennai. The network allows mutual lending of resources and the library has good network with local libraries affiliated to Manipal University. the membership with ECCH, IIMA and HBS allows purchase of Management cases for classroom discussions.
Photocopying & Binding
The photocopying facility is available in the library [documentation centre] for all its users. The Lamination and spiral Binding facilities are also available in the centre. On request, arrangements could be made for binding of students' project reports.
Text Book Service:
Considering the problem of obtaining the required textbooks in Manipal, the library procures textbooks prescribed for various courses in the institute and distribute the same to students as course material, which can be carried with them. This service is very much appreciated and needed for remote place like Manipal, where there are no good book shops.
Though the campus including library is Wi-Fi enabled, large number of institution's publicatons are preserved in local server, which are accessible through LAN only. Presently, the library has 10 internet/intranet enabled terminals for accessing digital resources on LAN.
Document Scanners and Network Printers:
THREE Document Scanners and ONE high-speed network laser printer are made available for users.
The library portal has been deloped and it is uploaded on intranet with all hypelinks for access. The portal is getting updated very reguarly with more and more resources.
Current Awareness service:
The recent book additions to the library is uploaded on Library Portal prominently on montly basis with complete bibliographical details. the current issues of periodicals received by the library are also uploaded on fortnight basis. the current issues are hyperlinked with FT of TOC of respective journals.
Library Staff Service:
The library has dedicated staff to serve users. The staff try their best to meet users' requirements. The team-based service by library staff is much appreciated by users.