Book-lending service

Often known as circulation service or borrowing/lending service, this is the main service of any academic library. T.U.Central Library offers membership and lends books to all the university campus students, teachers and research scholars as well as to private members including foreigners except children. Rules and regulations regarding membership, lending items, numbers, validity, fee, fines, clearance certificate etc. are indicated in our library brochure.

Physical brochure is available at the membership desk or the e-copy can be downloaded from this website (main menu – publications- brochure). For books circulation, currently the famous KOHA software is in use and electronic barcode card is used for check-in/check-out purpose. The library is planning to introduce RFID (Radio frequency Identification) for circulation and other purpose.


Membership Type Books Allowed Loan Period
University Campus Teachers 7 Books 90 days
Permanent Teachers of other TU Colleges in Ktm Vally 3 Books 90 days
Research Scholars 4 Books 90 days
Contract Teachers 4 Books 90 days
TU Central office Admin Staff 2 Books 3 weeks
Students of the TU Campus 2 Books 3 weeks
Private Members 2 Books 3 weeks
Temporary Members Can’t borrow, Can use books inside the library only.

IT Service

TUCL has an IT section from where various databases are maintained and IT service is rendered. It includes helping the users in various ways, viz. accessing TUCL’s online catalogue, maintaining online theses/dissertations & providing pdf copies, maintaining NepJOL (Nepal Journals Online) service etc.   

ISBN Service

Considering the TUCL’s collection, manpower, patrons and the variety of services being rendered to its clienteles, the ISBN (International Standard Book Number) Headquarters designated TUCL as the only National agency for Nepal for distributing ISBNs. It was formally inaugurated on 26th of January 2000. To get an ISBN number one has to fill in the form available at the library or can be downloaded from library’s website. Registration fee is NRs.300/- (Rs. Three hundred) per title. Recently, online ISBN registration has also been started and the titles of the books have been made web searchable. Users are requested to send two copies of the newly published books for depository collection maintained in the library. For more information and to get service, please go to ISBN.

NepJol Database Service

NepJOL (Nepal Journals Online) is an indigenous database of peer-reviewed high quality scholarly Journals of Nepalese origin being maintained by TU Central library since 2009. The database is being webhosted by Ubiquity press, UK as assigned by TUCL on yearly basis. NepJOL provides service to the participating journals by hosting their content online with free access to all of them. The objective of NepJOL is to give worldwide visibility and accessibility to the participating Nepalese scholarly journals.

Till April 14th 2020 (Baishakh 1, 2077 BS) the number of participating journals in NepJOL has reached 176. There are 1529 Tables of Contents listing 19,983 articles. 19,232 of the articles are available in full text (PDF). For more information and to access the journal contents please visit NepJOL in the main menu or go to URL:

User education/ Orientation service

In order to make the new members of the library aware of library’s collection, arrangements, the techniques of searching and finding the desired documents, services being rendered, rules & regulations etc., TUCL organizes an interactive presentation program namely, ‘User education or Library orientation’ program. It’s also called ‘Library literacy’ program. It’s usually arranged for the newly admitted students of Master’s degree, Ph.D. and M.Phil. of various departments so that they could make better use of library’s collection and services with ease and in less time.

Every year nearly 1000 students benefit from these user education/library orientation classes. In addition, visitors in groups upon their request are also given the opportunity to sit in such information dissemination class so that they could better get acquainted with the library and its services.

Outreach and Training

Keeping in view the requests made by T.U.’s constituent colleges and other institutions TUCL reaches out to meet their necessity by means of conducting training programmes and e-resources seminars. The sole objective of such outreach programmes is to strengthen the expertise of the library staff and others so that they could improve the overall condition of their library & resource centres. Actually such training programmes are held twice a year at TUCL itself and outside Kathmandu valley keeping in view of the convenience of the trainees. Such training programmes are of maximum of 1 week or 21 hours.

E-resources seminars are conducted at the college/institution upon their requests and are generally held for a few hours only. The objective of such seminars is to expound the varieties of e-resources subscribed by TUCL and get them registered so that they could use the resources with ease and without any need of extra payment to be spent by them for subscription.

E-Theses service

TU Central Library has a database of e-theses/dissertations submitted by Ph.D scholars and Master’s degree students. These can be downloaded as per one’s requirement. In addition, the library has a stock of e-theses/dissertations in the form of CD/DVDs transferred onto computer hard disc of the IT section of the library. Users can choose the topic of their interest from the database and request the library assistant to obtain it. For TUCL Digital Repository, please visit the site:  TUCL eLibrary

Audio-books service

In order to facilitate the persons having the disability of visual impairment, TUCL has maintained a good number of Audio-books. Most of such audio books belong to TU’s curriculum; however, there are so many audio-books on contemporary and prize-winning literature too. The Visually impaired students and others come to have e-copies of such books to take home to listen.

CIP distribution service

CIP (Cataloguing-In-Publication) is the bibliographic data record created and distributed by an authorized library for a book prior to its publication. It looks like a card catalogue and it appears printed on the verso (back) of the title page. CIP was first initiated by TU Central Library in 2008 June/July and was started to be distributed regularly since 2009. (In USA, it is distributed by the Library of Congress).

Procedure of getting a CIP: As soon as a book is made ready to get printed, the writer / publisher submits its dummy copy to us to obtain a CIP. Then the library prepares a CIP in card catalogue format and is distributed to the publisher/writer in pdf file. After receiving the CIP in pdf file the publisher has to print the CIP on the verso of the title page. Most often CIP and ISBN are obtained at the same time and in Nepal both of these processes are done by TU Central Library. The CIP system saves the time of cataloguer librarians as well as maintains uniformity of libraries in cataloguing process and it also standardizes the published book.

Photocopy service

To facilitate the users in using rare books, reference books, old theses/dissertations and other non-borrowable documents, the library has been providing photocopying service at subsidized rates.

Reading room service on holidays

Even though the library’s opening hours is 8 hours every day (from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.), the annexed long hut/shed outside the main library building is kept open everyday for 12 hours i.e. from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. even on national holidays (except Sundays). This service has helped the students who stay in the vicinity to come to the library to prepare for their exams and other research works.

E-Resource service

TUCL has a number of national and international subscribed, free and open source databases for use by its members. Some of the databases are JSTOR, Project MUSE, EBSCO-Host, Emerald, Cambridge university press journals, OECD, Research4life etc. Some of the databases are yet to be renewed. Library members can use these databases in the library’s IT section. Institutional members especially the constituent colleges and central departments under the umbrella of TU can have access to these databases from their own colleges/departments once they get themselves registered in TUCL’s database system.

Similarly TUCL has dissertations/theses database and NepJOL (Nepal Journals Online) database. Information regarding NepJOL database is given separately and can be accessed directly.

TUCL Digital Repository

It’s the database of TUCL’s theses and dissertations. To explore its services please go to the link:

Research4life database

This is an international free database which gives us easy access to Henari, AGORA, GOALI, OARE, ARDI. For more information please go to the link: