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For Visitors

What are the timings of the IIHS Library?

Monday to Thursday: 9:30 am ~ 8.00 pm
Friday: 9:30 am ~ 6:30 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am ~ 5.00 pm

For the List of Holidays 2016 see here.

Is the IIHS Library open to public?

Yes, the IIHS Library is open to public. Library resources can be accessed only within the IIHS premises for visitors.

Where can I access IIHS Publications?

Academic, Research and Practice publications for which IIHS has the copyright are available on the Knowledge Gateway, can be accessed here.

What is Publics@IIHS?

The IIHS hosts a series of regular public interactions ranging from academic conferences, seminars and talks to film screenings, discussions, performances, and exhibitions. Many of these come under two curated series of events called Publics@IIHS and PublicTexts and for the past events see here.  To attend our future events, send us an email to add you in our emailer list to library@iihs.ac.in.

How do I contact the Library?

For general enquiries, telephone +91+80 6760 6666 (Exn: 661) or e-mail: library@iihs.ac.in.
The postal address is IIHS Bangalore City Campus, No. 197/36, 2nd Main Road, Sadashivanagar, Bangalore 560 080. See the Google Map here.

External Membership

Is the IIHS library open to visitors?

Members and visitors are allowed anytime to visit the Library during the working hours, walk-ins are allowed for reference at no charges. However, library membership is required to borrow resources.

Is there free Wi-Fi? Can I access Internet on my laptop inside the IIHS library?

No. For the visiting public no free Wi-Fi is provided. However, the public visitors are permitted to use their laptops inside the Library.

Where can I search for Library resources?

The Library Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) is available to search here by author, title, subject and also with advanced search features like language, year and publisher. The OPAC can be used to search books, journals, films, CD-ROMs, maps and case studies, which are physically available in Library.

Where can I see the new arrivals and current holdings?

The new arrivals being added monthly to the Library can be viewed here:  To know the current holdings, please visit the Library resources link here:

Who can use online resources available through the IIHS Library website?

Access to most e-resources is restricted to current IIHS faculty, learners and staff.

Can external members avail remote access to the Library’s e-resources?

No. Our current licensing does not permit us to provide remote access to e-resources to external members. Electronic journals and databases can be viewed online free of cost at the IIHS Library premises in the public computers, but no downloading and transferring of subscribed content is permissible. However, print articles are available at a cost of Rs.1.00/- per page.

What are the external membership plans at IIHS library?

Any person who is a resident of Bangalore can become a member with the below plans to choose from.  For external membership plans and policy, see here:

Membership Plan Borrowing Limits Security Deposit (Refundable) Annual Fees* (Non-Refundable) Total**
Professional /Individuals 2 Books+ Access to eResources Rs. 6,000 Rs. 1,000 Rs. 7,000
Institutional (Up to 5 users) 10 Books + Access to eResources Rs. 16,000 Rs. 5,000 Rs. 21,000
Corporate (Up to 5 users) 10 Books + Access to eResources Rs. 20,000 Rs. 10,000 Rs.30,000
Alumni – PWP-UD, Urban Fellows 2 Books + Access to eResources Rs. 4,000 Rs. 1,000 Rs. 5,000

** This excludes one time registration fee of Rs.500/-. In the case of loss of Library ID card, Rs.350 will be charged for reissue.

For any further query, please write to us at library@iihs.ac.in

How can I reserve an Item?

If an item is available in Library it cannot be reserved, only the items which are on loan can be reserved. Ask the Library staff at counter or send an email for reservations.

How do I renew my borrowed materials?

Once you get the reminder or overdue notices from the library you can reply to that email for renewing the materials you have loaned.  Users are not required to bring the books for renewal to the Library, as it can be done by phone or email.  For the renewals, send an email to library@iihs.ac.in or call at 080-67606666 Exn. 661

Internal Users

How many books can I borrow?

For the internal Staff Library Circulation Policy, ask the Library helpdesk at library@iihs.ac.in. or by phone: 080 -6760 6666 Exn. 661, applicable to full-time staff members, learners, interns, visiting scholars and external consultants.

How do I access electronic resources on and off campus?

If you are in the Bangalore City Campus, you can access electronic resources from any computer and if you are off campus, you need to have a Virtual Private Network (VPN) installed on your computer, which allows authorized users to access the subscribed resources remotely after authentication. Write to the IT help desk at itsupport@iihs.ac.in to get the VPN software installed on your computer.

Where can I find academic journals subscribed by the Library?

For the list of journals we have subscribed to and the disciplines covered see here. IIHS Library subscribes to 43 print and electronic journals, besides 4500 e-journals access through JSTOR and EBSCO, which are academic literature databases on economics, social sciences and law.

Where can I see the new arrivals and current holdings?

The new arrivals being added monthly to the Library can be viewed here. To know the current holdings, please visit the Library resources link here.

What are the electronic databases available at IIHS Library?

IIHS Library has access to few databases, of which one category deals with Demography, Social and Economic Indicators and other is Law. To see them click here.

Whom should I contact for book suggestions?

If you are signed on in the Library OPAC, you can find the Purchase Suggestion form to fill in the book suggestion details. Alternatively, please do send an email with a line of justification to library@iihs.ac.in

Whom should I contact for research support?

Library’s reference query form helps its staff understand the user’s project/research requirements. Based on this understanding, the Library staff reverts within forty-eight hours with a reference pack consisting of News, Research Articles, Reports and Books published in the area of interest. Users can send their request to the Library Staff through email: library@iihs.ac.in

Where can I search for Library resources?

The Library Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) is available to search here by author, title, subject and also with advanced search features like language, year. The OPAC can be used to search books, journals, films, CD-ROMs, maps and case studies, which are physically available in Library.

How can I reserve an Item?

If an item is available in Library it cannot be reserved, only the items which are on loan can be reserved. Ask the Library staff at counter or send an email for reservations.

How do I renew my borrowed materials?

Once you get the reminder or overdue notices from the library you can reply to that email for renewing the materials you have loaned.  Users are not required to bring the books for renewal to the Library, as it can be done by phone or email.  For the renewals, send an email to library@iihs.ac.in or call at 080-67606666 Exn. 661