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Introduction

The university contributes significantly to the growth of higher education by offering the need based academic programs on the basis of the accessibility, quality, flexibility and the relevance. The University motto "Higher Education to Everyone Everywhere" is being realized through three-tire student support services. At present the university has over Thirty One PG Departments on various subjects including faculties from Arts, Commerce, Science, Management, Education, Law and Humanities.

The University Library was established along with the Karnataka State Open University in 1996. The KSOU was carved out of the Institute of Correspondence Course and Continuing Education (ICC & CE) of the University of Mysore is a pioneer institute in the Asian continent. Earlier, the Library was housed in the Academic Block of main building of the KSOU where the University offices were also working. From 1996 the library resources were made available to the readers, and the library has follows open access right from the beginning. The Library is housed in an independent and spacious building in 18,850 sq. ft area since 2007.

1. Vision Statement:

University Library aspires to create the most dynamic learning environment providing the seamless access to ever-growing knowledge and information by using cutting edge technologies to promote higher learning, innovative research and striving to preserve the rich culture and heritage of the land both in print and in digital form.

2. Mission Statement:

• Building the need based collection to enhance the curricular, co-curricular and extracurricular learning programmes • Designing the effective tools of retrieval and user-friendly services • Establishing connectivity with the local and external resources through the means of consortia • Developing the institutional repository • Empowering the user community from time to time through strategically planned and programmed information literacy activities.

Library Overview

Library Collection

The Library has developed an excellent collection of books, journals and non-book material in Social Sciences, Humanities, Science and Management disciplines. Collection building a core activity of the library, has been undergoing a transformation, from print-only environment to print-and-online and to online-only formats. The library currently subscribes to good number journals in print and online The library collection comprising of books, journals, theses/dissertations, non-book materials and other reading material as on 31st March 2019 stands as follows:

Digital initiatives

The Library will strengthen the e-resources making provision to remote access facility keeping in for the distance education mode users - Extension of digital library services to regional centres of Karnataka State Open University.

The Library is planning digitization of valuable rare book collection and build an digitalized institutional repository using DSpace open source software. The Library is planning to build an institutional repository to save, share, and search university’s resources including an increasing number of scholarly papers, reports, theses, etc.

There is a urgent need and concrete plan is to develop a Learning Resource Centre for Visually Challenged. The centre will be equipped with modern hardware and software useful for visually challenged and low vision students. In addition, the library will plan facility for Assistive Technology for Physically Challenged library users as well. The university will participate in a upcoming academic library consortia envisaged by the Karnataka State Higher Education Council, Government of Karnataka.

OPAC

Library uses NewGenLib library automation software for housekeeping operation of the Library. The users can access the online public access catalog (OPAC) of the Library at http://ksoumysore.karnataka.gov.in/pages/opac.aspx

Recognised by UGC

Courses of KSOU are recognised by University Grants Commision (UGC) New-Delhi vide order No: F.No 14-5/2018 (DEB-I) Dated : 14th August 2018 for the period from 2018-19 to 2022-23

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