After a pause of more than a decade, the Allahabad University has reopened its Central Library on 19 September 2013 for students to get the books issued from library. The University had blocked issuing books to students in 2001 on the ground of receiving several complaints of theft and misuse of valuable books by students and officials.
Currently, only the research scholars are allowed to issue books and take out with them. The undergraduate and postgraduate students will be able to avail this facility only from October.
At present, there are around 10,000 UG students, 5,800 PG students and 1,400 research scholars in total at AU. According to the new library rules at AU, every UG and PG students can take books home for a period of 15 days only and a research scholar would be issued a book for a period of one month. An UG student can get only one book issued at a time, where as a PG students would be allowed for two. On the other hand, a research scholar can have three books issued on his name at one time.
Among the other strict rules is that the books must be returned within the given time period failing which incur a fine of Rs 2 per day. In case a book is lost, the student will be charged with the original cost of the book along with a fine of Rs 500 per book.
All the issued books would have to be returned before the exams, and students have to get a no dues receipt from library in order to receive their admit cards. An exclusive software called LIBSYS will help library officials to keep a track of every book issued to the students.