In accordance with the objectives of the institute to become a 'Centre of Excellence' Central Library is to provide the information services and access to bibliographic and full text digital and printed resources in the field of Mental Health and Allied Sciences to the scholarly and informational needs to the institute community. It also support the educational and research programme of the institute by providing physical and intellectual access to information, consistent with the present and anticipated educational and research programmes of the institute.
Library provide a wide range of current , accurate and authoritative information from a vast selection of print and electronic resources using State - of - the - art technology at it's three storied building. The library collection focused primarily on Psychiatry, Psychology, Neurosciences, Psychiatric Social Work and Psychiatric Nursing. The collection of the library which includes Books, Journals, Weekly Magazines, Newspapers, VHS, VCDs, DVDs, Reports, Dissertation, Thesis, WHO publication, Microfilms, Atlas and electronic databases is regarded one of the richest collection of its kind in the country. It has some rarest collection of reference materials dating back from pre independent (1910) and onward. It has collection of nearly 72,000 books, bound volumes of journals and WHO publication. Nearly 2000 books from different world wide publishers have been added every year to make the library collection richer. The library currently subscribes 278 print journals and has access of almost more than 800 e-journals by using different platform such as Science Direct, Wiley's Online Library, OvidSP, Cambridge Online, Sage Online, Springer link etc. Library is also a member of the ERMED - India consortia which is run by National Medical Library, New Delhi. ERMED provides full text access of almost 244+ journals on its platform. It is no exaggeration to state that the CIP Library is the largest and finest of its kind in the country.
The library has been using the KOHA an Integrated Library Management Software package for library housekeeping operations. All the holdings of the library have been indexed and users can search the database by using OPAC online from any computer in the institute's LAN and from anywhere of the world by using Web OPAC as usual. All the holdings of the library are equipped with RFID Tags which help the users in Self Issue and renewal of the library holdings by using Bio-Metric system based Self Issue KIOSK and also help in finding any books on the self by using Handheld Reader. RFID tags also helps in library's Self Management and security of the library holdings.
Apart from the above library offers Reference Services, Photocopying, User Guiding Services, Display of New Arrivals, Document Delivery Service, Current Awareness Service etc. Library is well connected with institute's LAN and has 10 Mbps Leased Line connectivity. Library is also equipped with Wi-Fi to provide Internet access to it's users on their own Laptops.