The Indian Institute of Horticultural Research
(IIHR) library established in 1968 with a few books and journals for the research community to carry out the mandate of the organization has grown into what it is today - with all modern facilities for storage, organization and dissemination of horticultural and related information. It is one of the premier Libraries under ICAR catering to the needs of scientists and scholars.
Besides this, Libraries are also established at Regional Stations of the Institute: Chettalli (Karnataka), Bubaneshwar (Orissa) and Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) at Gonikoppal & Hierahalli (Karnataka) with the good collection of books and journals.The in-house activities of Library are fully automated for the effective use. The resources can be accessible at all the Departments in the Institute through LAN. A well set up computer-pool is established to use Library resources, browsing various websites of Agri-Horticultural fields through Internet, Online databases and Online Journals. Circulation of books and documents is carried out using the Bar-code technology and Bar-code user ID cards, which is quite effective & efficient.
The Library has on its role 250 members from Scientific and technical cadres, including Research Associates, Senior Research Fellows and Junior Research Fellows. It houses special publications of USBA, FAO, ISNAR, AVRDC, IBPGR and ICRISAT additionally.
The Library has a total collection of 27,139 documents: 10,279 books, 14,169 back volumes of Journals, 95 theses and dissertations, 1031 reports, 214 proceedings and 1361 bulletins. It subscribes to 87 foreign journals, out of which 21 journals have online access, 120 Indian journals, 33 Advances, Methods and Annual Reviews. A special collection of Acta Horticulturae, published by the International Society of Horticultural Science Belgium, is the unique resource in the Library.
Technological Advancement in the field of Information Science has made inroads to provide research community all the information at their desktops through e-format. This led to the digitization of 100 theses, purchase of 70 book CDs and subscription to the following CD-ROM Databases, which can be accessed through LAN and INTERNET.
AGRIS 1975 – 2005
DERWENT BIOTECHNOLOGY ABSTRACTS 1982 - 2003
CAB ABSTRACTS 1910 – Present
HORTICULTURAL SCIENCE - CD 1973 – Present
PLANT PROTECTION - CD 1973 – Present
All the in-house activities of Library have been automated using the ‘Library Management Software’. The resources are Bar-coded and the users are issued Bar-coded membership cards for the issue and return of Library documents.
An ‘Online Public Access Catalogue’ (OPAC) of resources has been developed to search bibliographic details of documents and their availability. To make it more user friendly the ‘Table of Contents’ (TOC) of each book is provided to know the contents of the book. http://library-srv/webslim
A Consortium of e-Resources of Agriculture (CeRA) under NAIP has provided the access to full text articles of Springer journals, Elsevier journals (Science Direct), CSIRO journals, Taylor & Francis journals, Annual Reviews and Indian journals for all the network of ICAR Institutes.