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Central Reference Library, Kolkata

Central Reference Library (CRL), Kolkata is a subordinate office of the Department of Culture, Ministry of Culture, Government of India. This institutiom has been curved out of the National Library in order to compile the Indian National Bibliography (INB) after the promulgation of the Delivery of Books Act, 1954. Since August 1955, The Indian National Bibliography unit started functioning in the premises of the National Library, Kolkata.

In the early years of its formation the CRL functioned under the Administrative charge of the Librarian, National Library. This arrangement went on till August 1970 when a new Librarian for CRL was appointed with independent charge. The CRL functions today as a separate subordinate office of the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India. The set up of this organization consists of two divisions, viz. Technical wing and the Administrative wing.

The latest volume published is for the years covering 1999-2003. It is covering only six languages namely Bengali, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Malayalam & Tamil. The rest of the volumes in this series will be released soon. The Data up to December 2005 is ready for generation.

This was an ambitious project to trace the periodical literature appearing in the Indian Language periodicals. The first issue of the Index Indiana appeared as quarterly in 1977 and since 1981 it is being published as annual cumulated volumes. As a beginning 6 languages viz. Bengali, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil and Malayalam periodicals are covered. Indexing articles pertaining to Indian Literature, Social Science, Indian Systems of Medicine, Folk literature, Social Science, Philosophy etc. could be of great help to research scholars. For science and technology etc. such publications are already available. Due to lack of language competent professionals ertain languages goes unrepresented occasionally. Efforts are being to include all Indian languages.

This index is divided into three parts - classified part, subject index and author index. The entries are grouped in the classified part according to Dewey Decimal Classification system. The entries under the subject are further arranged by the author and wherever not available then by title. All the entries are serially numbered in the classified part. The name of the authors and titles are given in popular spelling in Roman script but near to their transliterated forms without the use of any diacritical marks.

Central Reference Library
Ministry of Culture, Government of India
Kolkata (India) 
Phone: +91 -33 -24791721/22, 24481529, 24499562
Fax: 033 24791722

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