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The Central Secretariat Library (CSL), Ministry of Culture, Government of India welcomes you to this site, which will act as a portal to most of the Government of India Libraries. The Portal is in making and it will be updated from time to time. Your suggestions will help us to improve the contents of the site. Please do not hesitate to send your views to mailfromcsl@gmail.com, directcsl@gmail.com . You may also write Ms. Monali P. Dhakate, Director, Central Secretariat Library, “G” Wing, Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi – 110001. Telefax : +91 - 11 - 23384846

The site contains the past History of CSL and it also provides a guided Tour to the library and its activities. The Library Rules provides a summarized view of CSL and its services. It also provides a brief idea about Collection Development Policy of the library. 

CSL has a collection of about 5,50,000 volumes. This includes the collection of i.e Regional Language Library, Tulsi Sadan, at Bhawalpur House; and RK Puram branch library. Tulsi Sadan has 1,70,000 books in 14 Indian languages, whereas RK Puram branch library has a text book collection for undergraduate students.

The catalogue of the library (i.e. holding data) is available in electronic form within the premises. There is a plan to put this catalogue on the web. The creation of catalogue database for the books acquired before 1996 was outsourced to an agency as a turn key project.

CSL also undertook a project in which the full text of Government of India Gazette notifications, (1950-2002), have been digitized. Other categories of Government publications i.e. Commission and Committee Reports as well as Performance Budget, Demand for Grants, Expenditure Budget, Annual Report of the Department of Culture are available in electronic form for the years 1990-91 to 1999-2000.

Area Study Division of the CSL has a large research collection on different countries of the world and regions of India. Rare book collection of this division has more than 6,000 titles received from the Imperial Secretariat Library. CSL also has a collection of microfilms of official publications released during the British period. Two newspapers i.e. Times of India (1950 to 1987) and Navbharat Times (1956-1998) are also available for the research scholars.

Foreign Official Documents Division (FODD) regularly acquires publications of international agencies such as United Nations, IMF, World Bank etc. It also receives official publications from the British Government, USA, Australia and certain other countries.

CSL has also published a compendium of Government of India reports on Library and Information Services. It has also published the report of the Review Committee on Library Staff of Central Government based on 4th Pay Commission recommendations. CSL has also compiled a document containing the cultural policies of some of the countries which can also be accessed through this site.