Reference Library of books, manuscripts and visuals


Reference Library

Information and Data Bank

Cultural Archive

Kala Nidhi serves as a major cultural information/knowledge resource hub to support research objectives and the technical information needs of other units of IGNCA. The library holds an extensive and unique collection of over 6,00,000 knowledge resources, reflecting the multi-dimensional and interdisciplinary nature of the arts. As a major repository of reference material relating to the humanities and the arts, it comprises an outstanding Reference Library and equally rich Cultural Archives with access to multimedia databases and information systems. It also holds a well organised audio-visual and photo-documentation facility and a conservation laboratory.

The Reference Library

The reference library has an array of primary and secondary material in the broad areas of humanities and the arts. These include about 1,50,000 books in Indian and foreign languages encompassing archaeology, philosophy, religion and ritual studies; history and anthropology; art and literature; folk, pastoral and community studies; volumes on tribal culture and languages; encyclopaedias, dictionaries and bibliographies; biographies and autobiographies; monographs, and atlases; catalogues of unpublished manuscripts of Indic and Asian origin; translations and conference proceedings among others. Besides, the library subscribes to many general and specialized journals relating to arts as also back volumes of several periodicals. The library is scientifically organized and fully automated, providing easy access to its resources through Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) terminals. Its holdings and expertise are complemented by those of the other units of the IGNCA.


Annual Day celebration of Kala Nidhi Division (4th Feb. 2014)





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For further inquiry for Kalanidhi Division please contact:

Shri P. R. Goswami
Director (Library & Information)
Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA)
(An Autonomous body under Ministry of Culture. Govt. of India)
11 Man Singh Road, New Delhi -110001
Phone: 91-11-23388333, 23385884
Fax: 91-11-23385884

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