Library and Reference Service
The West Bengal Legislative Assembly
Secretariat has a well-equipped Library for use of Members of the West Bengal
Legislative Assembly. It is situated at the Golden Jubilee Building and it has a
well-furnished air-conditioned reading corner for the Members at the 2nd floor
of the building.
There is a Research and Documentation Wing in Library which locates, collects, classifies
and makes index of relevant and useful articles, measured in anticipation from the experience,
published in newspapers, periodicals, reports, etc. and arranges the collections in alphabetical
order of subjects and thereafter makes available printed documentation list to all members before
each Session of the Assembly and also seeks data in connection with business of the Assembly,
correlates data and facts and organizes, prepares databases on each business of the House & preserves
the same for effectively catering to the critical multidimensional information needs of the Members.
At present the Legislature Library
has nearly two lakh books covering a wide range of subjects including Law and
Parliamentary Affairs, History, Economics, Political Science, Education,
Sociology, Philosophy and Literature. Besides, the holding of Library includes
Reports of different Committees and
Commissions, Central and State Acts,
Rules and Regulations, Gazettes of different State Governments, Debates of
Foreign Parliament (United Kingdom), Indian Parliament and State Legislatures
etc. The selection of books is made by the Secretary on approval of the Library
Committee. In the matter of selection, books of Parliamentary and Constitutional
interest are given preference.
The Library maintains an up-to-date
card catalogue with bibliographical description of the library resources
according to Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd Edition (AACR-II). Apart from
that, creation of a database of library resources has been undertaken with
softwares WINISIS and ISIS MARC DBMS as a part of automation of library
Regarding classification of books
the Library has adopted the decimal classification system of Dewey.
The Library remains open during
office hours on all working days. During Sessions of the Assembly its working
hours are changed according to the exigencies of the requirements.
Only the Members of the West Bengal
Legislative Assembly and the Gazetted Officers of Government Departments are
provided with the facility of borrowing books from the Library. No subscription
is charged in this regard.
Bona fide Research Scholars are,
with the special permission in writing from the Secretary, allowed to use the
Library for the purpose of study only during the period when the Assembly is not
in Session. In exceptional circumstances the Speaker may permit a Research
Scholar to use the Library during the period of Session.
Following Services are
made available to the Members in the Library:
A member may borrow from the Library during inter-session period any book (other
than a book of reference) for any period not exceeding 30 days from the date of
issue but during session the book taken on loan cannot be retained for more than
7 days, Provided that no member shall at any time have more than 3 books in his
This service is carried out by locating, collecting, classifying, indexing and
scanning of relevant latest news-items, editorial comments and useful articles
on legislative, constitutional, political, economic, education, health,
socio-cultural and other matters published in newspapers, periodicals, reports,
etc. which are subscribed and preserved in the library and arranging the
collections in alphabetical order of subjects and thereafter making available
printed documentation list containing to all Members before commencement of each
session of the Assembly.
Required information connected to the business of the House or on any topical
subject which the Members desire to have are made
available to them from the ready reference books such as encyclopedias,
dictionaries, yearbooks, who's who, handbooks, directories etc. or other books,
reports, newspapers, debates, gazettes etc. available in the Library as also
from Internet. Telephonic enquiries or members come in person in the reading
corner at the 2nd floor of the Library for obtaining requisite information is
attended by the Library staff.
It is worth mentioning that various documents have been properly preserved in
digital format for providing quick reference service to the Members.
One Xerox machine has been provided at the 2nd floor of the Library adjacent to
the Member’s Reading Corner for giving reprographic facility to the Members free
Two Computers systems with internet connection have been provided in the
Member’s Reading Corner for use of Members.