Kathmandu University Central Library (KUCL) is in Dhulikhel Campus, Management and Education Library in Lalitpur, for Music and Fine Arts in Bhaktapur, and for Medical Sciences KUMS Library in Chaukot,Panauti for Basic Sciences, for Clinical Sciences in Dhulikhel Hospital KUTH. All libraries hold books, video and audio cassettes, CD-ROMS, journals and magazines specific to the areas taught in their campus.
KU library system has:
Situated in one of the beautiful hills of Dhulikhel, Kavre, 28 km from Kathmandu surrounded by greenery and magnificent view of the Himalayas in the north, in a pollution free environment.
Centrally located within the campus and is accessible within a reach of five minutes from each and every department. It is of three storey building having 10,000 sq ft area in each storey. It is well planned and will be sufficient for future development.
Being a research cum teaching university, focus has been given to enrich the reference collection with less priority for text books which on the other hand the students themselves would be able to purchase. With this view, the library spent most of the budget in purchasing reference materials. Thus the collection has proved to be a best collection in the respective field and is admired by faculty members and researchers within the campus, as well as the outsiders and visitors. The access to online e-resources received through PERI, WHO & FAO further enriched the resources as well as the research activities in KU.
Keeping in view the importance of library, the university has given number one priority among the physical facilities provided by the university. The library budget for books & journals is increasing every year. Apart from the recurring budget, the budget for books & journals was NRs. 5.75 lakhs in 1994/95 for overall KU library system. This budget increased every year and reached to NRs. 34 lakhs in 2012/13 for central library only, which is a substantial amount provided by the university for the development of the library system in KU.
Periodical section, Technical processing section, Reference section, Stack-cum-reading room, Circulation section, Offices for librarian and assistant librarian, Store are all well designed. They are all equipped with necessary library furniture and equipments designed by the experts.
It has got 30 computers connected to the internet and are available to the students from 7 AM to 8 PM in weekdays and on Saturday 12 PM to 6 PM to help them in their study.
Library automation means automating all the housekeeping operations of the library such as, acquisition, cataloguing, serials control, circulation, OPAC, etc. KU library previously used CDS/ISIS for information storage & retrieval. It was just a computerized catalogue. The technological development and the increasing demand of the users compelled us to think of the library automation, which resulted to purchase Software for University Libraries (SOUL) developed by INFLIBNET Centre, an inter-university centre of UGC of India. It has been installed and used in three different libraries of KU, i.e. Central library, KUMS library and Management & Education library, which made KU library the first academic library to have library automation in Nepalese context. The web-based Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) is a remarkable feature of the software by which a user would be able to find out his/her requirements and his status himself online. The use of Barcode make the circulation work fast and systematic.
Library provides various services like;