Library Mission, Collections
The primary mission of Union Christian College Library, in line with the mission of the College, is to collect, organize, and disseminate information to serve students, faculty and other staff on roll of the college to meet their educational, professional and recreational needs. Emphasis is placed in supporting the academic endeavors of the clientele of the Library to implement, enrich, and support the curriculum and to stimulate users interests in reading and learning. The Library serves as an information and educational hub of the College Community. Secondarily, the library aims to help the community of all interests and all socio-economic backgrounds external to the College, subject to the limitations of financial resources, material resources and other constrains. In order to meet this mission, the College Library aims to grow as an archive of accumulated knowledge in all formats and a catalyst for the advancement of scholarship. We yearn to provide information literacy to the users to enhance their skills to find, retrieve, analyze and use information so that we could help the society to transform into an information society.
At present the library has 85000 documents, and subscribes to more than 650 online journals & 98000+ e-books through N-LIST program. Besides, the college has subscription to many international and national print journals. The bound volumes of journals are kept as part of the main collection, and available for reference. Though the information literacy programs offered to the students instigated usage of the journal literature, we feel that it has to be improved more.
The selection of documents to be procured for the library is a joint effort of the academic faculty, students and librarian. However, the teaching departments contribute a lot in this process of developing a vibrant and valuable collection. We respect the privilege of each and every user of the college library to suggest procurement of required material. Regular interactions with students and faculty, about both the collection needs and the possibilities of enriching the collection either at service desks or at orientation sessions give rise to amendments in the policies of the library.
Library promotes cooperative collection development and resources sharing agreements that are mutually beneficial on local and regional level. Even if there are no formal agreements with another institution, we encourage consultation of resources maintained in our library by users of that institution. Right now, the U. C. College has an institutional membership in American Library, Chennai and is in the process of formalizing a consortium of colleges in Kerala.
Book Donation Policy
The library welcomes gifts of books, manuscripts, archival records, documents related to the academic disciplines and those documents related to the college or local history. The library retains the right to accept or reject gifts in kind. Once received, such materials will be the asset of the college and will be made available for use subject to the rules and regulations of the library.