Organization of the State Central Library

            This Library is systematically organised in to the following sections:


Technical Section


Circulation Section (Books & Periodicals)


English Section


Malayalam Section


Tamil / Hindi / Sanskrit / Section


Reference Section


Childrens' Section


Binding Section


Reprographic Section


Closed Reference Section


Member's Reading Room (For A & B Member's only)


General Reading Room (For C & D Member's & Non Member's)


Cash Section


Administrative Office


Internet Browsing Centre


Kerala Gazette Section


Multimedia Section


Digital Library


British Library Collection


            The administration of the State Central Library is vested with the State Librarian, who is the Head of the Department. There is an Advisory Committee with Sri. CP Nair retired Chief Secretary to Government, as Chairman and State Librarian as Convenor with official and non official member's duly constituted by the Government from time to time. Two Deputy State Librarians assist the State Librarian in Library, academic and the Administrative Assistant to the State Librarian assist the State Librarian in the Administrative, Accounts and Audit matters.


              The library offers individual membership, which is open to all permanent resident of Kerala State. There are four categories of membership - 'A' Class, 'B' Class, 'C' Class & 'D' Class. A refundable deposit is collected at the time of admission in cash. No monthly or annual subscription is levied. The application for membership is provided free of cost.

Deposit Amount & Privileges

A Class - Rs.400.00

5 Books & 2 Journals at a time.

B Class - Rs.300.00

3 Books & 2 Journals at a time.

C Class - Rs.200.00

2 Books & 1 Journals at a time.

D Class - Rs.100.00

1 Books & 1 Journals at a time.

               State Central Library started providing temperary membership(E class) for 1 year to Central Goverment Employees who does't have a permanent address in kerala as per G.O (Rt) No 931/2009/H.Edn. dated 30-06-2009
E class-1500          3 books and 2 journals at a time

             The above deposit is refundable on member's written request on clearance of all Library dues and surrendering all Borrowers' Tickets & Identity Card.

Documents required with Application for admission

1)      Two stamp size photographs (One to be affixed on the application form)

2)      Proof for residential address - Aadhar Card / Electoral Identity Card / Driving Licence / Passport.(for A,B,C, and D class membership)

3)    Attested copy of the applicants office identity card(For E class membership).

4)     Admission for children above 14 years of age will be allowed on production of the Aadhar card of their parents.

Library Collection


            The library has a total collection of 455274 documents in different languages such as English, Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil, Sanskrit in various disciplines.


            The library subscribes 25 dailies and 225 journals including foreign journals.

            Language wise details.
















Childrens' Journals







            Apart from this the library is receiving several periodicals as gift from individuals and institutions.

Special Collections

            Library is holding special collection donated by Sri. V.K. Krishna Menon, Prof. Nandan Menon, Prof. N.Gopalapillai & Sri.Sreerangam Vikramon Nair and K.R.Elankath Trust.

Reservation & Renewal of Books

            Member's can reserve any book in the holdings of the Library except Reference Books Borrowed books can be renewed once over telephone,by online ,through post or in person , unless there is no reservation for the book requested on or before the due date stamped Subsequent renewal can be done only on production of the borrowed book. There is no reservation and renewal for journals or periodicals.

Overdue Charges

            Upto 2005 - September an amount of 25ps per day was charged for each item (both Books & Journals) as overdue charge for belated return. Now Rs.1/- is charged for each item per day after the due date. Renewal of books is allowed once only.

Books / Journals Lost

            The loss may be reported to the State Librarian in writing. The member may either replace the same copy of the book or remit the cost as decided by the State Librarian from time to time along with the overdue charges if any.

            Regarding loose issues of journals the lost item should be replaced either by submitting it's current issue along with overdue charges if any or by remitting the cost as decided by State Librarian from time to time along with over due charges if any

            Any amount due to the State Central Library from member's on account of loss or damage to books or any other library materials and any other dues declared by the State Librarian shall be recovered as per the Revenue Recovery Act if such dues are not cleared otherwise.

Services Offered

Lending Service

            Books except reference books and journals are loaned to member's for Home reading.

            Loan Duration: Books - 30 days (inclusive of Holidays) Journals - 7 days (do)

Reference Service

            A well furnished A/C Reference & Information Centre is functioning in the first floor. The rich reference sources are open to the member's from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm on all working days . Reprographic facility is also provided from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. Admission is restricted for member's only in the reference section

Reprographic Service

            Phot copy of relevant pages of Books & Periodicals available in the library will be issued subject to the provisions of Copyright Act. This service is chargeable.

Gazette Extracts

            Certified & Non Certified extracts of Kerala Government Gazette will be issued on written request. This chargeable service is made available on all working days except on Sundays during library office hours (10.00 am to 5.00 pm).

Date Conversion Certificate

            Date Conversion certificate from Malayalam Era to Christian Era & vice versa is issued on written request. This service is chargeable @ Rs.55/- per certificate. This service is available on all working days from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm except Sundays.

Internet browsing centre

            The internet browsing center in the State Central Library was inaugurated on 15/03/2004. The working hours of Internet browsing center will be 10 am to 5 pm on all working days except Sunday.

Browsing rate

            For member's: Rs.15/- per hour; Rs.10/- per 1/2 hour

            For Non member's: Rs.30/- per hour; Rs.20/- per 1/2 hour

Other Rates

1.      Scanning per page - Rs.15/- including printing or copying in Floppy (Fresh Floppy to be produced by the user)
2.      C.D Writing - Rs.50/- per CD (Fresh CD to be produced by the user)
3.      Laser printing - A4 size: Rs.10/-
Inkjet colour A4 Text & Graphics - Rs.20/-
5.    Copy of digitized books -A4 size Rs.10/- per page

Terms and Conditions

           1) All services provided at the Internet Browsing Centre of the State Central Library will be available against payments on a first come first serve basis.

              2) The service shall be made available at the seat allotted by the Centre to individuals.

             3) Each User in the Centre is liable to follow the rules and regulations and terms and conditions issued by the Government from time to time.

           4) File, Printing and storage service shall be subject to copy right rules and shall therefore be scrutinised by theCentre. The services shall be extented at the discretion of the Centre only to those software or documents that have been retrieved from the Internet or generated by the User and are not obscene, defamatory of inflammatory in nature. The services shall not be available for Software or documents brought in file storage media like tapes, Floppy disks, CD-Roms or USB memory etc by the User.

Closed Reference Section

            Rare and precious old books, back volumes of Journals and Dailies are kept here for reference. Admission is given to users on written request.Phot copies of the relevant information will be issued subject to the provisions of copyright act.

Gazette Section

            Kerala gazette section working hours - 10.00 am to 5.00 pm on all working days except Sundays.

Digital Library: -

            Library has a digital collection in searchable format of 707 books, including English & Malayalam books. Users can access the same through intranet in the reference section from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm on all working days except sundays.

Working Hours

            8.00 am - 8.00 pm

Lending Hours

            (Books & Journals) Monday thro Saturday 8.00 am - 2.00 pm & 3.00 pm -8.00 pm
            Sundays: 8.00 am - 2 .00pm

            Member's Reading Room & General Reading room will be kept opened from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm on all working days and on Sundays from 8 am to 2 pm.

Multimedia Section

            Multimedia Section is functioning in the ground floor of the New Heritage Model building where the childrens' wring of the State Central Library is accommodated. No additional charge is being levied from children. A maximum of half an hour time is allowed for each child.


            An Auditorium is available in the State Central Library Thiruvananthapuram which is being rented out as per the rates prescribed by the Government for various functions except those organised by political parties and individuals.

Certificate Course in Library & Information Science (CLISc)

            This library is conducting a certificate course in Library and information Science. The duration of the course is 6 months. There are 41 seats for this course. The Government's scheme of Earn While You Learn has been successfully implemented during the year 2005.


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