The main objective of NIAS library has been to develop a well-balanced collection of books across disciplines in which our faculty is actively engaged in research. The collection is liberal in scope but selective in titles with an emphasis on acquisition relevant to interdisciplinary research, doctoral programme and courses conducted by the Institute. The collection includes more than 16,500 books, 55 print journals, 3736 online journals, 2200 back volumes of journals and a small collection of CDs, DVDs, audio and video recordings. NSS and Census datasets on CDs have been acquired recently. As an associate member of UGC-Infonet Digital Library Consortium, the Library subscribes to journal collections of OUP, CUP, Taylor and Francis and JSTOR. Over the years, the research activities of the Institute has grown manifold and the library has been trying to keep pace with the expanding aims and activities of the Institute. The Library participates in resource sharing activities with all the major Libraries of Bangalore and elsewhere. The Library is an open reference Library and attracts a number of scholars from everywhere.
The Library operations are fully automated with Libsys software and catalogue is accessible over the web. An institutional repository containing the research output of NIAS faculty and students has been developed using eprints software.