K K Handiqui Library






Krishna Kanta Handique Library

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The Krishna Kanta Handiqui Library was established to cater to the needs of the students, teachers and research scholars of the University. It not only helps in supporting the classroom instructional programmes of the University, but also unfolds the horizon of knowledge in regard to the different research programmes carried out by the University.

Our mission is to set high standards of excellence in the preservation of knowledge and serve as an effective instrument of development and change for the state of Assam and the rest of the country by passing on faithfully and comprehensively the cultural, scientific and technological experiences of mankind accumulated over the millennia, thereby ensuring the continuity and advancement of human civilization.

The University Library started its functioning in 1948 at Chandmari (now known as old University Colony) and then shifted to Room No.1 of the Arts building and accommodated in the present building in 1962. In 1982. The University Library was renamed as K KHandiqui Library after the death of its first Vice Chancellor Professor K KHandiqui an Orientalist of world fame. The personal collection of Prof Handiqui consisting of 7593 volumes of books generously donated by him to Gauhati University is a precious and priceless possession of the library. The collection includes books on 11 (eleven) different languages like English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin, Pali, Prakrit, Russian, Sanskrit and Spanish.

KKH Library at a glance Holdings
  • Books – 269369 volumes
  • Bound periodicals – 34495 volumes
  • Theses – 3704 nos.
  • Report literature – 4276 nos.
  • Dissertations – 5601 nos.
  • Manuscripts – 4500 nos.
  • K.K.Handiqui Collection – 7593 volumes in 11 (eleven) languages.
  • Digitized Manuscripts – 150000 pages
  • Digitized Theses – 852524 pages
Special Collections
  • K KHandiqui Collection
  • Dr BhupenHazarika Corner
  • Vivekananda Corner
  • Gandhi Collection
  • Dr MaheswarNeogCollection
  • Aurobindo Corner
  • Nehru Corner
  • Women’s Corner
  • Collection of Manuscripts on Sanchipat, Tulapat etc.
  • Back Volumes of Journals and Selected Newspapers
  • Textbook Corner
  • NE Corner
  • UN Corner
  • Thailand Corner

Introducing membership to the college teachers of affiliated colleges under G.U.

Facilities available

Internet, Xerox, Webopac for access to library, OPAC through Campus LAN, ETD (Electronic Theses and Dissertations) through Shodhganga, e-Journal browsing through UGC-Infonet, IEEEXplore, Manupatra, J-Gateplus, Online Abstracting and Indexing database viz. SCOPUS.

Sitting capacity – 200


The library is managed by the Library Committee chaired by the Vice Chancellor of the university with the Deans of various faculties of the university as members. This committee governs the functioning of the library and also allocates its annual budget.

Library Committee Chairman

Dr Mridul Hazarika, Vice Chancellor, Gauhatin University

  • Prof Narendra Lahkar, Dean, Faculty of Arts
  • Prof Karabi Dutta, Dean, Faculty of Science
  • Prof Bhaskarjyoti Bora, Dean, Faculty of Commerce
  • Prof Damodar Agarwala, Dean, Faculty of Engineering
  • Prof Anjana Kakoti Mahanta, Dean, Faculty of Technology
  • Prof Nissar A Barua, Dean, Faculty of Management
  • Prof R C Barpatragohain, Dean, Faculty of Law
  • Dr Suresh Kumar Nath, Registrar
  • Dr Jogesh Kakoti, Academic Registrar
  • Treasurer, Gauhati Universitty
Member Secretary

Wooma Sankar Dev Nath, Librarian

Wooma Sankar Dev Nath
Contact : +91-9435042508
Rita Sarma
Contact : +91-9954020918
Sarat Chandra Bhuyan
Contact : +91-9435194998
Bijita Goswami
Contact : +91-7399951937
Nitya Nanda Pathak
Contact : +91-9401801374
Alok Kumar Pathak
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Tarun Chandra Saikia
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Dipika Choudhury
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Dipak Kumar Sarma
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Dipti Devi
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Niva Mani Das
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Dilip Chandra Kalita
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Kripanjali Saikia
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Arundhati BaruahSaikia
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Dhanjit Talukdar
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Konika Malakar
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Dipika Saharia
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Gagan Thakuria
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Gayatri Saloi
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Rouzanara Begum
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Dinesh Chandra Mahanta
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Saifuddin Ahmed
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Prabhat Chandra. Haloi
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Tarini Das
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American Chemical Society

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Through the consortium ACS is giving access to 38 current full-text e-journals including the ACS Legacy Archives having backup files of all the journals from vol.1 issue.1


American Institute of Physics

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The members of the consortium have access to 18 Full text journals (10 AIP and 8 from AIP's member societies) with Archival access from 1997 onwards for most of the journals.


American Institute of Physics Archive


American Physical Society

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Through the consortium access of 8 Full text journals is available from 1997 onwards. Also the PROLA (Physical Review Online Archive) search engine (which indexes all APS journal material published from 1893 to present) is now freely available to all users.

Link: http://publish.aps.org/browse.html

Annual Reviews

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Access is made available to 33 full text journals and archival access is provided up to 10 years back issues.

Link: http://arjournals.annualreviews.org/

Cambridge University Press

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Through the consortium, 224 Cambridge University Press journals are available with back files since 1997.

Link: http://journals.cambridge.org/

Economic & Political Weekly

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The access of EPW is provided to all the universities of the consortium.

Link: http://epw.in/


For more than 40 years Emerald has operated as a specialist journals publisher, building a portfolio of 225 scholarly journals in business and management, library and information sciences, engineering and materials science. As the leading publisher for LIS research, Emerald's Library and Information Studies publications provide comprehensive and quality coverage in all areas of this field. Spanning a range of topics such as collection building to library finances, to document supply and inter-library lending, this is an essential resource for information professionals, librarians, educators, students and researchers around the world.

Under UGC-Infonet e-journals consortium access is made available for 29 e-journals from Library and Information Science full text database and archival access is varies from journal to journal (mostly 2001- onwards).



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Access is made available to 14 National Law Schools and selected universities through UGC-INFONET Digital Library consortium.

Link: http://home.heinonline.org/

Institute of Physics (IOP)

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Access is provided to 46 full text topmost journals in the area of physics, and the archival access is made available from Vol.1 issue.1 of all 46 IOP titles.

Link: http://iopscience.iop.org/journals


JSTOR was founded in 1995 to build trusted digital archives for scholarship. Today, we work with the scholarly community to preserve their work and the materials they rely upon, and to build a common research platform that promotes the discovery and use of these resources. In 2009, JSTOR merged with and became a service of ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organization helping the academic community use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record and to advance scholarship and teaching in sustainable ways. The majority of content in the archive is journal literature, though inclusion of other materials such as conference proceedings, transactions, pamphlets, monographs, manuscripts, and other materials is growing.

Currently, there are more than 2000 titles, including previous titles, as well as other content available. New titles and other materials are being added regularly.

Link: http://www.jstor.org/


Manupatra are the leading law publishers and provider of Legal, Taxation, Corporate and Business Policy databases in India. With primary documents and proprietary analytical content covering commentaries, treaties, digests, editorial enhancements, Manupatra has created the largest and most comprehensive online resource of Indian materials.

Access is made available to 14 National Law Schools and selected universities through UGC-INFONET Digital Library consortium.

Link: http://www.manupatra.com/


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The collection of the library is available online through the web OPAC facility of the SOUL2.0.

Link: (Intranet, only from inside Gauhati University)


A repository of Indian Theses. One can search theses online here. Retrospective digitization of the old theses have been done to facilitate the access to theses and upload of the same are being done in a phase-wise.

Link: http://shodhganga.inflibnet.ac.in/


Online Union Catalogue of Indian Uniersities (IndCat) is a unified Online Library Catalogues of books, theses and journals available in major university libraries in India. The union database contains bibliographic description, location and holdings information for books, journals and theses in all subject areas available in more than 158 university libraries across the country. A Web-based interface is designed to provide easy access to the merged catalogues. The IndCat is a major source of bibliographic information that can be used for inter-library loan, collections development as well as for copy cataloguing and retro-conversion of bibliographic records. The IndCat consists three components available in open access to users and librarians.

Link: http://indcat.inflibnet.ac.in/


Expert Database and National Researcher's Network

Link: http://vidwan.inflibnet.ac.in/

University Directory

One can search for university name, words in name, place and state.

Link: http://inflibnet.ac.in/universitydirectory/


Repository of Indian Research in Progress details (Synopses/Research Proposals for PhD programme)

Link: http://shodhgangotri.inflibnet.ac.in/


The National Mission for Manuscripts (NMM) constituted by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Government of India has designated the K KHandiqui Library as a "Manuscript Resource Centre" (MRC) to act as a nodal agency for fulfilling the noble aims and objectives of the Mission in the state of Assam. Moreover, the Library has also been designated as a "Manuscript Conservation Centre" (MCC) to carry out the preservation and conservation works of manuscripts, to impart training and other conservation related works. Two MOUs have been signed between the NMM and the GU for this purpose. Accordingly under the leadership of ShriWoomaSankarDevNath, Librarian, the works of KKHL MRC and KKHL MCC are running smoothly throughout the State. The following members of the K KHandiqui Library have been trained in preventive conservation and Trainers training in Indian conservation Institute Bhubaneswar and National Museum New Delhi:

WoomaSankarDevNath, Librarian and Co-ordinator

Tarun Chandra Saikia, Archivist

PrakritiBaruah Devi, Conservationalist

The above persons have trained other subordinate staff to form the conservation team

Link: http://www.namami.org/

Dr BhupenHazarika Corner

Inaugurated by Honourable Vice Chancellor, Gauhati University, Dr MridulHazarika, on the auspicious occassion of 87th Birth day of "Bhupen Da". About 270 books and journals are collected in this centre and are ready for use in the library premises only


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Link: http://jgateplus.com/search/


Internet Facilities

Internet section is well equipped with more than 20 computers connected to a mid-range server through the Computing Facilitating Access to the UGC Infonet Digital Library Consortium.

Link: http://www.inflibnet.ac.in/econ/eresource.php#


Information and Library Network (INFLIBNET) Centre is an autonomous Inter-University Centre of the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India. It is a major National Programme initiated by the UGC in March 1991 with its Head Quarters at Gujarat University Campus, Ahmedabad. Initially started as a project under the IUCAA, it became an independent Inter-University Centre in June 1996.

INFLIBNET is involved in modernizing university libraries in India and connecting them as well as information centres in the country through a nation-wide high speed data network using the state-of-art technologies for the optimum utilisation of information. INFLIBNET is set out to be a major player in promoting scholarly communication among academicians and researchers in India.

Link: http://inflibnet.ac.in/


University Grants Commission

Link: http://www.ugc.ac.in/


National Assessment and Accreditation Council

Link: http://www.naac.gov.in/


Gauhati University Institute of Distance and Open Learning

Link: http://www.idolgu.in/

Kirhna Kanta Handiqui Library
Gauhati University
Gopinath Bordoloi Nagar
Guwahati 781 014, Assam, India
Phone : +91-361-2570529
Email : library@gauhati.ac.in
Web   : http://gauhati.ac.in/library.php