Dr. Raziuddin Siddiqui Memorial Library is extending this very important service to its patrons being the oldest lending library in the region. Circulation Desk / Counter provides lending service. Circulation Section especially the circulation desk is considered as the center of activities in the library being directly involved with patron’s accounts. Mostly readers have to deal with this section. This section carry out number of functions such as registration of members, renewal, and withdraw of membership/ clearances, issue/receive of books, charging of overdue books, reservation of books, book loss / damage cases, maintenance of records and statistics, etc. Circulation Section is actually working in front of the screen whereas all other library sections such as acquisition, technical section (classification & cataloging), reference section and library automation/ computer section are basically working behind screen. General book collection including the oriental collection of the library is available to all categories of members for borrowing. Other library collections including reference, reserve and special collections are too available for study, browsing and consultation with the facility of photocopying. However, these are to be consulted within the library premises only as these are non-issue able collections.
DRSM Library offers open access to its users. In open access, books, journals and other reading material are kept open on shelves rather than in closed, lock and key as this university library is basically research oriented. Readers have thus direct access to academic sources without any barrier.
General Reading Services
Large number of students, scholars and researchers of other universities, institutions, foreign missions and embassies etc are immensely using this library.
Reference and Information Services
Reference and Information services provided by Central Library aims to assist the users in the most effective use of the invaluable information resources available in Reference Section of library situated at the ground floor. This section holds precious reference tools including encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographical dictionaries, yearbooks, almanacs, directories, atlases, surveys, gazetteers, indexes, abstracts, bibliographies, biographies, research reports, statistical year books, guides, maps, etc. It provides reference service to fulfill the information needs of the faculty members, students, and researchers. The reference material can only be utilized inside the library premises and cannot be borrowed.
Selective Dissemination of Information (SDI)
SDI is an important segment of Reference and Information Services being offered by DRSM Library. The concerned staff supports this high level service by helping the researcher to enable them to use these the library resources more effectively leading to have access the exact literature.
For the convenience of library patrons and preservation of precious library materials, extremely useful service i.e. photocopying have been provided at each floor of library premises at very nominal charges along with binding, printing and lamination facilities.
Assistance in the Use of Library
The library staff helps students to become effective and independent learners, assisting in the locating / searching of library material, train clientele “how to use of library catalogue or how to conduct a search through OPAC.”
In order to keep pace with the advance communication technology in electronic information era, Computer Networking Cell of University has established an Internet Lab at the first floor of Library in which more than 45 latest personal computers have been installed. All electronic / online journal databases secured by the Higher Education Commission, Islamabad through Digital Library Programme of PERI are freely accessible in this lab.
- Internet Services Rules
- Only university students are eligible to use the Internet facility free of cost.
- Internet Lab administrator may check the ID cards of students.
- Internet user will register his / her name in the Internet User Register.
- Time duration for Internet use is 30 minutes. Ph.D. scholars may request for more time.
- Users will be penalized for browsing obnoxious materials.
- Chat, messenger and mobile messaging are not allowed.
- Priority will be given to Ph.D. scholars.
Library is subscribing more than 7 daily national, leading newspapers in order to enhance the current affairs knowledge of its patrons. Archives of three leading newspapers are also maintained on monthly basis including The News, The Dawn, and Nawa-i-Waqt.
A library orientation program is being conducted after each new admission in order to impart the library procedures to new comers. The Librarian or his nominee also briefs delegations and visitors.
Inter-Library Loan (ILL)
DRSM Library is extending Inter Loan Library services to more than ten renowned libraries of different universities, institutions and departments of Rawalpindi / Islamabad. As, no single library can meet the needs of their patrons even having enough financial resources. Through Inter Library Loan transactions, library materials are made available by one library to another library for use of its clientele.
The new arrivals have been placed in front of general book section near computer terminals.The flappers / dust covers of new books are also placed on the notice board of library.
Reserve Collection Section
This section is possessing mostly latest editions of textbooks of different disciplines. Usually, those books are kept in Reserve Section which are essential readings (as told by faculty to their students) and only one copy is available in the library.
The term Special Collection denotes the books, manuscripts, newspapers and journals acquired by library, which are rare and irreplaceable. DRSM Library enjoys substantial special collections acquired from renowned intellectual personalities such as Pir Hasam ud Din, Sheikh Ikram and Late Javid Faiz. These collections have been kept together and housed apart from the main library stock at the ground floor. The main subject areas of these collections are history, Islamic studies, political science, English literature, law, philosophy, Persian, Arabic and literature etc.
United Nations Depository Library
DRSM Library is a depository library of U.N. publications. Under an agreement, library receives the publications of U.N.O. and its subordinate statuatory bodies. The collections has been organized on the 3rd floor. It is of special importance for researchers of history, International relation, Anthropology and Defense and strategic studies.