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KERALA LEGISLATURE - LIBRARY
 

             The legislature library is essentially a special catering to the needs of the legislators in the discharge of their functions.  It has its origin in the Dewan’s Office of the erstwhile Travancore State.  It was renamed as the Legislative Library in 1921 and has since been exclusively meant to meet the information needs of the Members of the Legislative Assembly.  The library with more than one lakh books, reports, gazettes, back volumes of periodicals and newspapers etc. is one of the best reference libraries in the State.  Computerisation of the library operations is in progress and is likely to function soon.

 

            Details regarding the use of the library, Library Advisory Committee, Working hours of the Library etc. are detailed in the Library Rules.

 

            Legislature library is presently divided into the following functional units:

  • Reference

  • Library

  • Documentation

  • Press clipping

  • Members Reference Branch

  • Library Extension Counter

 

       REFERENCE

 

            The primary concern is to cater to the information needs of the Members of the Legislative Assembly and other users. Information materials are kept ready in anticipation of topics that are likely to come up for discussion in the Assembly. Photocopying facility is also extended.  The home journal of the Kerala Legislature “Samajikan” is brought out under the auspicies of the Library Advisory Committee.

 

        LIBRARY

 

              The library is concerned with acquisition of books, periodicals, news papers, gazettes etc.  Documents are purchased on the recommendation of the Library Advisory Committee and approval of Hon. Speaker.  The acquired documents are processed and made available for use.  Books are classified on the basis of Colon Classification and Catalogued by the scheme of Classified Catalogue Code.  Circulation of books and related things are available in the Library Rules.  The ‘Legislature Library Bulletin’ provides the additions to the library every month.

 

        DOCUMENTATION

 

                Preparation and updating of index to articles in various periodicals/legislature committee reports etc. available in the library is done in documentation. ‘Legal and Constitutional Digest’,incorporating articles of Legislative interest from recent periodicals is prepared here.

 

        PRESS CLIPPING

 

                The press clipping service caters to the information needs of the Members of the Assembly by providing them relevant and up-to-date press clipping of news items on important developments in legislative, political, economic, socio-cultural, scientific and technological fields, taken from selected Malayalam and English news papers.  Presently there are 146 press-clipping folders.

 

         MEMBERS REFERENCE BRANCH

 

                 To meet the information needs of the Members while the Assembly is in Session a Members’ reference Branch is functioning in the Assembly Building close to the Assembly Chamber.  There is well- equipped reference collection of books, periodicals, newspapers, press clippings etc, to meet the requirements.

 

          LIBRARY EXTENTION COUNTER

 

                  To meet the information requirements of the Members of the Assembly at their door step expeditiously an extention counter of the Library started functioning in the Legislators’ Home from 1992.  It is equipped with Ready reference materials, Newspapers etc.  

 

 

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