The National Institute of Technology in Surathkal opened up its eLibrary, deemed to be the first of its kind. It was inaugurated by Mr. Satyapal Singh, Minister of State for Human Resource Development. The library boasts of advanced IT-based modern facilities, meant for the benefit of both students as well as teachers and especially aiding in research, and will be housed in a separate complex in institute’s Central Library. “The aforementioned facilities comprise of two cyber libraries, quiet areas to study, eight discussion rooms, two seminar halls, digital reading rooms, social space and makers space, along with a cafeteria,” said Mallikarjun Angadi, librarian, Central Library, NIT-K, Surathkal.
Angadi also elucidated as to how it stands different from a physical library, stating that each cyber library has at disposal around 50 internet-enabled computers. The digital library also has to more than 20 databases and 11,000 online journals. Furthermore, as many as 10,000 e-Books and works from other institutions like IIITs and others have been made available to the students.
Apart from that, the rooms have state-of-the-art equipment for presentations and the like, while the Maker Spaces will enable the students to assemble and work on new projects. There’s also easy access to bibliography data for all. Each of the two seminar halls can hold up to 50 people at a time, and can also double up as a training centre to explain the process of getting the right information while one is searching in the eLibrary. a training centre on how to get the right information while surfing in the eLibrary.
As per the reports of the Times of India, Iranna M Shettar, assistant librarian has stated "Information is abundant on the internet, but some struggle to get the right data needed for their thesis, presentation or research. The training centre will help them in this regard.”