Mirza Mehmood Beg Library, the College Library of Zakir Husain Delhi College (University of Delhi), New Delhi, is one of the oldest libraries in Delhi University system, which came into existence way back in 1792 with the foundation of the College. It is fully air conditioned with a total collection of around 1,10,000 documents. It runs on open access system but some important text books are also kept in Reserve Section. It has two reading halls with seating capacity of 100 each and a well equipped multimedia lab having 78 computers connected to Delhi University through WAN. The Library also houses two teachers’ enclosures having collective seating capacity of 20. It also has one room dedicated to the Delhi College Archives wherein very old, rare, and historical documents related to the College history have been kept. The Library also has a good collection of rare books and manuscripts. Besides text books and the books related to the academic requirements, the Library also subscribes leading magazines, leisure books, competitive books, and books related to general awareness. It also houses a Book Bank with a rich collection of around 12000 books. It renders services to the students of the College by providing them books for the whole academic session. In order to facilitate and serve all the students and staff as per their convenience and ease by the application of widely used social media tools, Mirza Mehmood Beg Library has now started providing various important services like Current Awareness Services (CAS), Reference Services, information regarding examinations, results, syllabus, etc. on its Facebook page, which may be accessed by clicking. Click Here
The College Library is administered by the Library Committee headed by the Principal and the Librarian holds the position of Member Secretary while the teachers-in-charge of all the Departments of the College are the members of the Library Committee. The Staff Council of the College elects a Convener of the Library Committee having tenure of two years while the tenure of the teachers-in-charge is one year. Being a statuary body of the library, it gives its recommendations for the betterment of the Library and its services from time to time. The College Library acquires books and reading resources on the recommendations of the Teachers-in-Charge of the various departments of the College. Some of the general and reference books needed by the library are purchased by the Librarian in consultation with the Convener of the Library Committee. Generally, a representative of the publishers/suppliers contacts the teachers and gets their recommendations for specific titles on a prescribed Recommendation Form provided by the library. The Librarian confirms the order after checking that the titles either do not already exist in the library or are inadequate in number. The faculty also gets books from various book exhibitions including biennial “Bhisham Sahani Book Fair” organized by the Book Exhibition Committee in association with the College Library. The subscription of magazines and periodicals (newspapers) are decided annually in the meeting of the Library Committee.