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 Journals.

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.


Borrowing privileges 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.


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 hrs

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.


Books: The 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.

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