The Sophia College Library boasts of a collection of over 70,000 books. It meets most demands of a modern information centre and also provides material and services to assist study. The facilities are especially for Sophia College students and staff, but visitors from other colleges are also welcome to use the resources available.

The library resources are as follows:


Access to e-resources is provided to all users at the internet counter in the library.


/Overnight Reference Books

Usually one copy of every title is kept in demand for use in the library each day, at least until noon, after which the borrower may take the book overnight, and return it by 9 a.m. the following morning.

Non-fiction Books

Books which are not ‘in demand’ may be taken for 2 days, 3 days, 1 week or 2 weeks.

Senior College & PG students can borrow 2 books at a time.

Junior College students can borrow 1 book.

Periodicals & Project Reports

Professional subject-related journals/periodicals and Project Reports.

You may refer to these only inside the library.

Reference Books

Art books, Atlases, Diction­aries, Encyclopaedias, Multi-volumes, etc.

You may refer to these only inside the library.

Fiction library

Do visit the Fiction Section on:

TUESDAYS 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

FRIDAYS 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

You can borrow only 1 book at a time, for a period of 2 weeks.

A significant feature of Sophia Library is that you as a user has open access to library cupboards in the general Reading Section. This means that you can browse books and then decide what you wish to pick up for reading or for home issue. Understandably then, it is important that you replace books in exactly the same location, after browsing. Maintaining the arrangement and order of books on cupboard shelves is necessary in the interests of other users.

The Library offers the following services for its users:

  • Open Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) is available for users on the computer. Subject indexing of all articles from magazines, journals and newspapers, subscribed to by the library, is done, and users can have access to them.
  • Photocopy Counter: Photocopying of select pages is available to all users. The Librarian reserves the right to refuse to permit the photocopying of certain reference books.
  • Internet facility: Access to internet is available, at a nominal fee, for all students and staff.


Counter timings for photocopying and use of internet

MONDAY TO FRIDAY : 9 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. & 1 - 3.30 p.m.

SATURDAY : 9 a.m. - 12 noon.

  • Reference Section: This section is for users who wish to use Reference Books. Ask any Library Attendant if you wish to access Reference Section cupboards.
  • Information Services & Audio-Visual Section: A catalogue search based on name of author, title, subject, issue number, etc. is available using computers. Our audio-visual collection in the library may be accessed in this section.

Given below are some library rules to facilitate the best service can be given to all those who use this facility.

  • 1. Library Timings
  • MONDAY TO FRIDAY : 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

    SATURDAY : 8.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.

    The library is closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.

  • 2. Library Access
  • Students wearing a valid College Identity Card may enter and leave the library only from its main entrance, near Room 12 (on the 2nd floor of the Arts Building).

    On entering the library, present your Library Card and keep your personal belongings (except your phone, cash and valuables) at the ‘Bag Counter’. Remember to collect your bag as you leave the library. All borrowed books are to be shown for inspection before you exit the library.

  • 3. Issuing of Books:
  • 3.1. Books are issued strictly in order of application. The Librarian may exercise discretion to limit the issuing of certain books as and when circumstances warrant it.
    3.2. Books or periodicals may not be taken out of the library unless it has been registered against your name at the Circulation Counter.
    3.3. When a book is issued, you are expected to examine it; report damages, if any, to the Library Attendant immediately, failing which you will be held responsible for any damage that may be detected later.
    3.4. Books lost, damaged or defaced must be paid for by the reader on whose name they were issued. The value of the books will be assessed by the Librarian.
    3.5. Overdue books: The fine per day after due date is Rupees Ten. NOTE: Working days, holidays and Sundays are included. In the case of ‘reserved’ books returned late, the penalty is a fine and a loss of library privileges for one week.

  • 4. Code of Conduct:
  • All users of the library are expected to maintain silence especially in and around the Reading Room area and Reference Section of the library. Return newspapers and magazines to their stacks. Furniture must not be rearranged. The use of mobile phones to make and receive calls and other non-academic purposes, consumption of food and beverages are disallowed. Disregard of Library rules, indiscipline and misbehaviour will render students liable to be refused access to the Library.

  • 5. Issuing of books to College Staff:
  • At a time, staff can borrow 10 general books for a month, 3 reference books for a week, 3 fiction books for a month and 3 magazines/journals for a week. These can be reissued if there is no demand. However, loose issues of Science Journals may be read only within the Library.

  • 6. Sophia Ex-students and staff:
  • may avail of Library Membership for the purpose of reference work within the library. Photocopying facility of select pages is also permitted.


For all matters pertaining to Sophia Library, the Librarian's decision is final. The librarian reserves the right to recall any book/journal at any time.