Delhi University announced to reopen the DU Central Library for all the research scholars and faculty members. This decision was made on Thursday, i.e. 4th February 2021. Hence, as a part of the phased reopening, the DU central library complex will start to function on weekdays.
The Delhi University Central Library complex has been closed ever since the Covid-19 pandemic and its subsequent lockdown. Hence, it has been closed since March 2020. However, all the library resources were moved online for students.
Who will get access to the DU Central Library?
MPhil and PhD student will be allowed to visit the library after its reopening. Hence, they could visit the library reading rooms as well. However, they will have to take online permission before coming. The online permission has to be taken from the DU librarian via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
However, if the library reopening process turns out to be successful, the faculty will even allow postgraduate students to visit. Hence, the phased reopen of the Delhi University Central Library Complex is done on an experimental basis for now. Rajesh Singh, the DU librarian says, “Undergraduate students mostly refer their college libraries. Hence, giving access to the postgraduate students should be a priority.”
The Delhi University Library System (DULS) announced that the library facilities will be made operational in phases. Hence, only the PhD/MPhil students and the faculty members will be allowed at first.
What is the need to reopen the DU Central Library?
The PhD student and the research scholars don’t find the e-resources sufficient anymore. Hence, they want access to the central library for their studies and research. However, in the lockdown, they had no choice but to rely on the available e-resources.
DU Central Library reopening timings and guidelines:
The library will be open from Monday to Friday. Hence, students can enter the library and access the reading rooms from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The staff handling the books are directed to wear gloves. Also, the visitors are advised to carry their gloves and sanitizers.