The Central Library is divided into many sections. The Nature of work in each section is uniquely designed according to the needs of users. Circulation Section, Stack Section, Reference Section, Binding Section, Central Library Office, Acquisition Section, Technical Section, and Reading Section are the key sections of the Central Library.
Normally, in a Central Library, the Circulation Section is located at the entrance. So, the Central Library of CUSB also has the Circulation Section at its entry point.
A Circulation Section is one of the key areas of a library. Traditionally, this section includes activities related to the lending of library books and other learning material to users of an academic library.
The main users’ service point of the Circulation Section, is the Circulation Desk, located near the main entrance of the Central Library, which provides users service regarding queries related to book availability, library fines, membership forms and library service, etc...
Circulation Section is the gateway between users and documents. Besides lending of books. The section deals with other important services such as registration of library member, issuing clearance/no dues certificate and maintaining the statistical information related to the library usage. The circulation also provides self-checkout machine that allows users to self-issue books, and an OPAC system that allows users to search library's reading material. The library also has an SMS notification system where the books issued to the user will receive an SMS notification with information about the due date of the book issued to him/her. This SMS notification is also used to remind the users who have overdue loans.
Until recently, books were issued and returned at the circulation desk in the Central Library, but since it is an RFID-enabled automated library, the user could do this work himself in self-mode. I.e. issuing books through KIOSK and dropping books in the drop box.
The circulation section is divided into three sub-sections
This is the most important part of the library. It is used for the presentation and maintenance of borrowed books. Books are placed on the shelves in accordance with the Dewey decimal classification scheme, ranging from 000 to 999 in decimal order of the numbering system, with each decimal indicating a subject. The Central Library has an open access system, which means that the user must search the stacks themselves to find the book they need. This gives users of the central library free access to a large part of the holdings in this area. Each stack in the library has a comprehensive bay guide.
This section maintains non-borrowed learning print resource for users in the section. It consists of materials designed to support research through quick and accessible information. The reference sources include encyclopedia, rare multi-volumes reference books, dictionaries, bibliographies, indexes, atlases, etc. This section also contains government publications, reports, statistical information. The Reference Section also has a collection of the research output of the University such as Doctoral theses, dissertations etc. for the reference of the user of different fields.
The reference section subscribes both Indian and Foreign journals and these journals are properly displayed on the journal display rack so that users to access when needed. Newspapers and popular magazines are also available for reading. The back volumes journals are added into the bound volume and put on the back volume shelf. Sufficient reading tables and chairs are available for reading and reference.
The Binding section is responsible to bind all kinds of damaged reading materials, old journals, rare books and reference print materials to increase the life-span of the reading materials.
This section is responsible for handling routine administrative work such as receipt and dispatch correspondence, invoice processing, record keeping of various administrative activities, etc. It also deals with the necessary requisition of stationery, infrastructure, and other items.
The Acquisition section is responsible for the selection and purchase of materials or resources, also manages the budget utilization for the purchase of resources. Recommended book lists are submitted by each department which undergoes duplicate checking against Library collection, which are then placed in the meeting of the University Library Purchase Committee for book Selection. After approval supply order are placed for procurement of the approved materials or resources, once received are verified, accessioned, which is then transferred to Technical Section for technical processing.
The technical section is responsible for all technical work within the library. This section is responsible for tasks such as classification, cataloging, and assigning subject headings, after which they are processed for transcribing and barcode, RFID tag and then released for circulation.
The Reading Section of Central Library is the primary point to use by the user and access the library’s collection of books, periodicals, and newspapers. Hundreds of volumes are delivered from the stacks every day for use in the Reading Section.