In India it is one of
the leading library for research and references with
a very good collection of books, journals,
government publications for social science research.
Over the years the Institute has built up a rich
collection of social science literature and related
material. On an average it adds to its stacks about
1500 volumes a year.
The library's present collection is about 56,500
volumes. It subscribes around 190 Indian and Foreign
So as to ensure the
right type of additions to its collections, and add
to the efficiency of its services, the library's
functioning is closely monitored by Library
Committee of about six months duration each, with
the Librarian as member‑secretary. The faculty
members as both chairpersons and members, and Ph.D.
scholars as members serve on them on rotation.
The library is widely used by students, research
scholars, teaching scholars from various social
science disciplines, Government officials,
professionals such as journalists and consultants,
and even lay persons, from various parts of Tamil
Nadu, the rest of the country, and abroad.
are limited to regular members of the library
comprising of two categories.
1. Internal membership
2. External membership
A member of the public may use the library for
consultation and reference. Such visitors are
requested to bring an official letter from their
librarian or head of the organisation.
Services / Facilities offered
The MIDS library is
primarily intended to be a research library. But
members of the public may also make use of the
library materials. Photo copiers and microfilm
readers are available.
Week days 09.45 - 17.30
The counter facility will be available from 10 am to
17.20 pm. The library remains closed on all
Saturdays and Sundays and Public Holidays.
Library has a very good collection of books covering
Anthorpology, development studies, economics,
Government Publications, sociology, demography,
statistics, history, and political science.
Journals: The Institute's library is
receiving around 190 Indian and foreign journals.
These are received either through subscription or on
a complimentary basis. The list of current year
journal subscribed is given below.