About Knowledge Resource Centre
The Knowledge Resource Centre plays an important role in furthering the research and academic mission of CSIR-CRRI and facilitates the creation and dissemination of knowledge. It is a hub of learning resources, is one of the central facilities working with a mission to provide quality information resources in all forms to the academic and research community of CSIR-CRRI. The Knowledge Resource Centre offers a range of services and quality that are comparable to any modern library in India that meets international standards.
History of Knowledge Resource Centre
CSIR-CRRI library is an integral part of the institution since its inception in 1950. Its beginning was humble with a few hundred books which aimed at catering to the needs of 37 technical & administrative staff members. For nearly three & half decades a temporary building provided safe haven to the intellectually ambitious. Finally, the management decided to shift the library to the present building which was constructed for this purpose. On May 11, 1983 this new building was inaugurated by Prof. S. Nurul Hasan, Vice President, CSIR and was made available for use by all stake holders. On December 20, 1996, Dr. R.A. Mashelkar, Director General, CSIR dedicated this Citadel of Knowledge to the loving memory of Late Prof. S. R. Mehra, the first Indian Director (1955-1968) of CSIR-CRRI. Later, in Year 2008, in accordance with CSIR guidelines, CSIR-CRRI Library was renamed as ‘Knowledge Resource Centre’ with a growing emphasis on use of information technology and standardizing all CSIR libraries. As of now, with a massive collection of around 90,000 books & journals, the library has become a major attraction for bibliophiles from all over the institution and beyond.
Knowledge Resource Centre, CSIR-CRRI: - Vision
Our vision is to empower CSIR-CRRI's research and learning community with innovative services, state-of-the-art technology, and strategic partnerships with international and national library networks.
Knowledge Resource Centre, CSIR-CRRI: - Mission
The Knowledge Resource Centre promises to promote the CSIR-CRRI's mission and to discover, preserve, and disseminate knowledge. It engages in ongoing technological transformations to meet the needs of education, research, publication, and outreach.
Knowledge Resource Centre Timing:
The Knowledge Resource Centre is currently kept open on Monday to Friday as per the office timing 9:00 am to 5:30 pm, except the Institute holidays and National holidays.
Collection and Resources:
The Knowledge Resource Centre has developed a well balanced and up-to-date collection of over 90,000 books, standards, periodicals, conference proceedings, maps, audio/video cassettes, bibliographic databases, etc. containing worldwide information in the field of highway engineering, traffic and transportation engineering, planning & environment, bridge engineering, geotechnical engineering, pavement and related areas. Reading material ranges with respect to the subject area from core science & technology to yoga & meditation and also with a massive collection of 10000+ Hindi Books. The publication also ranges in terms of year of publication from latest to as old as 18th century. Apart from the procurement of print books, the library achieved phenomenal progress in the subscription of e-resources through National Knowledge Resources Consortium (NKRC) and individually which includes more than 100+ e-journals/Magazines, e-conferences, e-standards (Indian Standards on Civil Engineering) to its digital collection making 24 x 7 Library in a real sense on the institute-wide network. Apart from CSIR-CRRI, this KRC is regularly being utilised by various researchers working in different institutes, practitioners, students and other Indian citizens.
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