Guru Nanak Dev University was founded in the year 1969 to commemorate the 500th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. During these glorious years the University has scaled new heights in achieving excellence in academic, sports and cultural activities. This university is the recipient of the prestigious Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy for excellence in sports for the last so many years. The university has been accredited five stars by the National Accreditation Committee.

University Library has been named after the great Sikh Scholar Bhai Gurdas, who had the privilege of taking dictation from the reverend fifth Sikh Guru, Guru Arjan Dev Ji for the compilation of the holy scripture of the Sikhs, the ADI GRANTH. Bhai Gurdas Library was established in March 1970. The University library building is a marvel and a masterpiece of architecture. This building is five storeyed, inverted pyramid shaped magnificent building directly visible from the main gate of the university on the Grand Trunk Road. It is centrally located with teaching departments all around.

Library Timings:

The library remains open on all the days of the year except on two National Holidays i.e. 26th January and 15th August.

Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sat, Sun and other holidays
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Air-conditioned Reading Hall
Open 24 hour

Printed and e-journals

Bhai Gurdas Library is subscribing 87 Foreign and 146 Indian Journals. In addition to it Library is also receiving about 150 journals as gift. The library is a member of INFLIBNET UGC-Infonet e-journals Consortium Programme which is providing access to 7500+ e-journals and some databases. Almost all the disciplines are covered in the e-journals. Bhai Gurdas Library is also subscribing more than 416 Journals through INDEST.


Bhai Gurdas Library is a member of DELNET(Developing Library Network). This will help the faculty and researchers to procure those books, articles and documents from other educational Institutions through DELNET which are not available in our University.

Computer Section

The library has its own computer section. All library operations such as house keeping, bibliographic services, cataloguing of new books, preparation of data base of books with complete bibliographical details of all books and serial control are carried out by computer section. Bar-coding of books is being done at a rapid speed in order to make the circulation work fully computerized. It has prepared a number of databases of books, periodicals, manuscripts etc. Database of books written by faculty members has also been prepared by this section.

Website of Bhai Gurdas Library

Bhai Gurdas Library has its own webpage. The address of this webpage is This webpage can also be accessed from the Guru Nanak Dev University Website under the Library option of oncampus. This website contains useful information about library services. It also contains bibliographic detail of manuscripts in five volumes, department wise list of subscribed printed journals, subscribed e-journals and list of Ph.D. theses. Website is updated regularly in order to cater the needs of the users

OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue)

Bhai Gurdas Library has prepared Databases of books in English, Hindi and Punjabi Languages. As soon as new books are purchased and processed, their bibliographic description is added in the OPAC. Two terminals have been dedicated for the readers to use OPAC for their search of books. In addition to OPAC this facility is also available on INTRANET within University Campus to benefit the students/faculty members by giving access to catalogue at their respective departments.

Digital Section

Soft copies of M.Phil dissertations and Ph.D. theses in the form of CDs are deposited in this section. CDs with books, census reports, gazetteers are also available in this section. Students, researchers and faculty members can have access to these CDs in this section.

Microfilming and Preservation of Manuscripts

Microfilming facilities are available for academic and research purpose only. Microfilming of rare books and manuscripts is in process. So far microfilming of 600 manuscripts has been completed. Conservation as well as preservation of manuscripts is also being done in this section. Lamination of brittle manuscripts is such one technique. Fumigation chamber is available for chemical treatment of infected manuscripts.

Project Digitization

Bhai Gurdas Library has 1516 rare manuscripts relating to Punjab History, Culture, Sikh Religion and other faiths. These manuscripts have also information about present Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and North West Frontier Province of Pakistan. These Manuscripts are in Punjabi (Gurmukhi Script), Hindi, Sanskrit, Urdu, Persian and Arabic languages. Bhai Gurdas Library has prepared the catalogues of Bibliographic description of Manuscripts. Its five volumes are available in print as well as CD/DVD form. First part of 5th volume is related to Urdu and Persian manuscripts. Second part of 5th volume is related to Hindi and Sanskrit. All the Manuscripts have been fully digitized . In addition to manuscripts the library has more than 5500 rare books. Most of these books relate to Indian as well as Punjab History, Sikh religion and various movements.

Binding Section

The library has its own binding unit run by professionally trained binders. This section binds current newspapers, journals and books. All efforts are made to provide properly bound books to the students.

24 hours Reading Hall

Bhai Gurdas Library has a reading hall, which remains open for 24 hours 365 days. Air Conditioners and Blowers have been installed in the reading hall for the convenience of students. A library attendant remains present at every time in the reading hall to provide assistance to the students.

Current Awareness Service

Students, research scholars and faculty members are constantly kept aware of the latest books added to the library through display of selected books and book jackets in the new arrival corner. Thematic displays are also organized on various occasions. ‘Books of the month: bibliographical detail of the books’, is sent to all the departments from time to time in printed form as well as through e-mail. ‘ Contents of the Journals’ is a fortnightly service.

Orientation Programmes

Library Orientation Programme is arranged for the new students in the beginning of the session to familiarize them with various library services, sections of the library and their working. Free training to use Internet is also provided to the new students.

Awareness Programmes / Seminar Organized :

1. Three days National Seminar on "Punjabi Manuscripts" by Bhai Gurdas Central Library and National Mission for Manuscripts, New Delhi, was organised on Jan. 18-20, 2012 at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.

2. A National Conference on "Librarianship in Digital Era" was held on Jan. 20-21, 2012 at Bhai Gurdas Central Library, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.

3. On 06/05/2011, 'One - day User's Awareness Programme regarding e-resources was organized with the help of INFLIBNET (U.G.C.), Ahmedabad.

4. On 06/09/2010, 'One-day' N-LIST User's Awareness Programme regarding e-resources was organized with the help of INFLIBNET (U.G.C.), Ahmedabad.

5. On November 24, 2009 an exhibition of Manuscripts, Rare Books, Paintings and Books on Sikhism was organized. Vice-Chancellor Prof. (Dr) A. S. Brar accompanied by Sh. J. S. Bajaj, Vice-Chairman, Punjab Commission and Prof. Chadha Vice-Chancellor SAARC University visited the exhibition.

6. A National Seminar on 'Information Access Initiatives and Rural India' sponsored by ICSSR was organized on June 25-26, 2009. Mrs. Anjali Bhawra, Vice-Chancellor and Education Secretary of Higher Education inaugurated the National Seminar. More than 200 participants from 14 states participated in it.

7. SATKAL function was organized in Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar on October 3, 2008. Vice-Chancellor and Director Research, Dean Academic Affairs, Mrs. Kalpanadas Gupta, Chairperson Libraries National Knowledge Commission, University Librarians, Librarians from IIT, IIM, Colleges, Schools and other educational institutions participated.

8. On 28/11/2007, Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti and S. Tarlochan Singh Member of Parliament visited Library to see exhibition of rare books, manuscripts and photographs.

9. On 24/11/2007, the foundation day of Guru Nanak Dev University, an exhibition of rare books, manuscripts and photographs was arranged.

10. On 29/10/2007, 'One-day' user's awareness programme regarding e-resources was organized with the help of INFLIBNET (U.G.C.), Ahmedabad.

11. On 21/09/2007 a lecturer on 'E-learning' was delivered by Sh. C. D. Deshmukh, Librarian, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi.

12. On 21st August, 2007 a live demonstration regarding 'e-books' was organized.

Departmental Libraries

For the convenience of the students and teachers 22 departmental libraries (14 Individual Libraries + 5 Multidisciplined Libraries+ 3 Libraries maintained by the departments) have been established in different departments buildings which are as follows:

(i) Individual Libraries

  • Academic Staff College
  • Department of Applied Chemical Sciences & Technology
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Commerce & Business Management
  • Department of Computer Science & Engineering
  • Department of Electronics & Technology
  • Department of English
  • Department of History
  • Department of Laws
  • Department of Library & Information Science
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Sociology
  • Punjab School of Economics

(ii) Multidisciplined Libraries

  • AIS Centre + School of Social Sciences
  • Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry + Botanical & Environmental Sciences + Microbiology + Zoology + Human Genetics (Life Sciences)
  • Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences + Applied Physics+ Applied Chemistry
  • Department of Physics+ Mathematics
  • Guru Nanak Bhawan (Guru Nanak Studies, School of Punjabi Studies, Hindi, Sanskrit, Foreign Languages, Urdu and Persian)

(iii) Libraries maintained by the Departments itself

  • Biotechnology
  • Centre for Genetic Disorders
  • Food Science & Technology