Commercial Library

The Commercial Library is a unique information vending departmental library of this Directorate, to which access has been granted to the members of public free of charge with a view to catering to the commercial interests of the mercantile and trading community, desirous of having detailed information on international trade and related matters.

The Commercial Library of DGCI&S was set up in the year 1914 in Kolkata. Later, in 1916, the Department of Commerce and Industry of the Government of India, by an order of the State opened the commercial library in a big way, unifying the departmental libraries of the Department of Commercial Intelligence, Department of Patents and Designs, and Department of Statistics. At present it is located at 565,Anandapur, Ward No.108,Plot No. 22, Sector I, Kolkata 700107. However a section of the library , where the Government of India Gazettes are kept , is still at the heritage building of 1,Council House Strt , Kolkata 700001.

The Commercial Library is the repository of books, periodicals, magazines, mimeographs, reports etc. of the Government of India and other countries and organizations all over the world. The reading room services introduced in 1916 are still continuing. The Commercial Library caters to the visiting students, academicians, prospectors, businessmen, traders and officials from other departments.

The Library has the following categories of publications for public use.

A. Books and other documents,

B. Foreign Trade Statistical Publication (foreign countries),

C. Statistical Yearbooks (both India & Foreign),

In addition, it acquires foreign and Indian Journals and Bulletins either subscribed or received free of cost from the publishers. The Library has a stock of up-to-date Gazette Notifications of Govt. of India, accessible by the public for their use, as well. Publication of the UN, IMF, ESCAP as well as of various foreign Books and Govt. Department/Organisations are received regularly.

The Library is open to all members of public on all working days. Persons below 18 years of age are not permitted.

The Librarian/Officer In-charge is empowered to exercise his/her official discretion in providing access to documents and records of the Library to the users, in accordance with the extant Rules in vogue.

The Commercial Library provides free reading room facilities. The readers are however, required to collect a Readership Card. The Library Membership and Reading Room Rules were introduced way back in 1916 and has been amended from time to time.

Lending of books is usually not permitted to any person other than the DGCI&S officials. Special permission for lending of books has to be obtained from the Director General, DGCI&S, Kolkata, according to extant rules regarding lending of books.

Rules for use of reference library (With effect from March, 2002)

Application Form for issue of Readership Card {Size: 14 kb}

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Source : Directorate General of Commercial Intelligence and Statistics, Last Updated on 17-01-2018