Habitat Library & Resource Centre Guidelines

Location of the Habitat Library & Resource Centre

  • The Habitat Library & Resource Centre (HLRC) is located on the second floor of the Convention Centre.
  • The nearest Gate to approach the HLRC is Gate 3.
  • Entry to the HLRC is through the Convention Centre Lobby, using the staircase to the 2nd floor, or the lift to the floor marked 2.

Who can use the Habitat Library & Resource Centre?

  • Habitat Library & Resource Centre is open to institution and individual members of the India Habitat Centre, their spouses and their children up to the age of 25 years (Dependent Members), on presentation of the membership card.
  • Dependent Members are required to present proof of identity for using the HLRC.
  • Institution Members of the IHC have been provided membership cards and staff of member institutions may use the HLRC on presentation of the membership card of their institution. The Institution Member is responsible for material borrowed by any of its staff.
  • All members including individual members, their spouses and children are requested to sign the register at the entrance of HLRC.

Working Hours

  • The Habitat Library & Resource Centre is open all seven days of the week and is closed only on:

    January 26, August 15, October 2, Diwali and Holi

  • The working hours are as follows:

    Monday – Sunday (including other Public Holidays)

    10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

  • The following services are available from 10:00 a.m. – 7:45 p.m.:
    • Issue of books/magazines
    • Internet access
    • Multi-media access
    • Photocopying/Printing/Scanning
    • Tea/Coffee.
  • Reference services and Reading Room access are available from:

    10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

  • Entry to the HLRC is not allowed after 7:45 p.m.

Using the Baggage Deposit Facility

  • Bags. gym kits etc. are to be deposited in the Baggage Deposit area and a token obtained from the security guard on duty.
  • The deposited items maybe collected after returning the token to the security guard.
  • Wallets, mobile phones, keys, baggage token and other valuables are to be kept with the member and are the sole responsibility of the member.
  • Printed materials not belonging to the HLRC are not allowed to be brought into the HLRC and are to be deposited in the Baggage Deposit area.
  • Laptops if brought into the HLRC for use are the sole responsibility of the member.

Using the Services

Using Internet and Multi-Media Services

  • Time/program slots will have to be booked through HLRC staff for using Internet and Multimedia facilities, and for viewing videos. Please remember to sign in the register for use of the above facilities.
  • Internet facility can be used for 30 minutes and an extension of an additional 30-minute slot will be allowed if there is no other member wishing to avail the service. Internet Service may be used for a maximum time of 60 minutes in a day.
  • Accessing pornographic sites is strictly prohibited.
  • Members are requested to bring their own diskettes/CDs to transfer the files or to take printout of their material saved on study carrel computers.

Using Wi-Fi Services

  • Wi-Fi facility is available for members using their Laptop computers in the HLRC.
  • Time slots will have to be booked through HLRC staff.

Using Study Carrels

  • Study carrels with and without computer facilities are available for members on first-come, first-served basis.
  • Internet connection is also available in the carrels.
  • Time slots will have to be booked through HLRC staff.
  • Laptop computers may also be used in the carrels.

Using libraries of Member Institutions in the IHC

  • While access to, and use of the libraries of CAPART, National Institute of Urban Affairs and The Energy and Resources Institute is allowed, members will be governed by rules of those libraries, while using them.

Borrowing of Books/Magazines

Members can borrow maximum three books (Inclusive of all sections)

Lending Section

Members can borrow three books at a time for fifteen days. Two extensions of the period of loan for another fifteen days is possible if the book/periodical is brought to the HLRC or the request is communicated through telephone/e-mail, prior to the due date of return, provided there is no demand for the issued item from other members before or on the due date stamped. After two extensions the book/periodical has to be returned to the HLRC and cannot be renewed for a third time.

Authors’ Corner

  • Three books may be borrowed for fifteen days. One more renewal is allowed provided no reservation is there.

Award Winning Section, Delhi Documenta, Translated Works & Institutions Section

  • One book from these sections may be borrowed for fifteen days. One more renewal is allowed provided no reservation is there.

Joseph Stein Alcove

  • Three books may be borrowed for fifteen days. Two more renewals are allowed provided no reservation is there.

Periodicals

Members can borrow five back issues of select periodicals for a period of fifteen days. Two extensions of the period of loan for another fifteen days is possible if the book/periodical is brought to the HLRC or the request is communicated through telephone/e-mail, prior to the due date of return, provided there is no demand for the issued item from other members before or on the due date stamped. After two extensions the book/periodical has to be returned to the HLRC and cannot be renewed for a third time.

Care of Books/Periodicals

  • Once a book/periodical is issued it is wholly the responsibility of the member to safeguard and return the issued materials to HLRC in good condition and on time.
  • Before borrowing book(s)/periodical(s), members are encouraged to check that the book(s)/periodical(s) are in proper condition. If they are found to be mutilated or damaged on return, the member will be held responsible for the damage and (s)he will have to replace or pay the price of the damaged book/periodical.

Loss or Damage

  • If a member loses or damages any book that (s)he has borrowed, it will have to be replaced by a new copy of the same or later edition at his/her cost. In the event of the book not being available or out of print, the published price of the book will have to be reimbursed to the HLRC.
  • If a member loses or damages any periodical that (s)he has borrowed, it will have to be replaced by a new copy of the same at his/her cost. In the event of the periodical issue not being available, the published price of the particular issue will have to be reimbursed to the HLRC.
  • Before borrowing book(s)/periodical(s), members are encouraged to check that the book(s)/periodical(s) are in proper condition. If they are found to be mutilated or damaged on return, the member will be held responsible for the damage and (s)he will have to replace or pay the price of the damaged book/periodical.
  • The HLRC reserves the right to determine the price of a rare/out-of-print/unobtainable book/periodical.

Overdue Books/Periodicals

  • From September 1, 2005, fine charges have been modified in the Habitat Library & Resource Centre as indicated below for books and periodicals not returned on time:
    • Rs. 2/- per day for the first ten days.
    • Rs. 5/- per day from the 11th day onwards.
  • Borrowing privileges will be withdrawn for members not returning items borrowed from the HLRC for three months after the due date of return stamped on the book(s)/ periodical(s).
  • Access to HLRC and all its services will be denied to members not returning items borrowed from the HLRC for six months after the scheduled date of return stamped on the items.
  • Lending privileges will be barred for members not paying fines of returned overdue documents.

Reservation of books

  • Books available in the Lending Collection, but not on the shelf may be reserved either from Readers Advisory Desk or through OPAC/WEBOPAC. Reservations will be made on first-come, first-served basis.
  • Reservations will also be accepted for books displayed as New Arrivals, and will be dealt with on first-come, first-served basis. At any given time only two reservations will be entertained.
  • When books recommended by members are acquired by HLRC and displayed as New Arrivals, the recommendation will count as reservation and will be accordingly sequenced.

Recommending additions to the HLRC Collection

  • Books/Periodicals/Audio-Visuals may be recommended by members through OPAC/WEBOPAC or by email/telephone and in person. Recommendation slips are to be dropped in the box provided for the same. Decision to add the item vests with the India Habitat Centre.

Using the photocopying, printing, scanning, and CD writing facilities

Printing, Photocopying, Scanning and CD Writing facilities are available for materials available in the HLRC as per copyright regulations. The charges are as follows.

Photocopying

Black & White (A4 size)

Black & White (A3 size)

Colour (A4 size)

Colour (A3 size)

-Rs. 2/- per exposure

-Rs. 3/- per exposure

-Rs. 15/- per exposure

-Rs. 20/- per exposure

Printing

Black & White

Colour

-Rs. 3/- per exposure (A4 size)

-Rs. 5/- per exposure (A4 size)

Scanning

-Rs. 5/- per exposure (A4 size)

CD- Writing

-Rs. 10/- per CD

Non - Library Material

Photocopying

Black & White (A4 size)

Black & White (A3 size)

Colour (A4 size)

Colour (A3 size)

-Rs. 3/- per exposure

-Rs. 5/- per exposure

-Rs. 22/- per exposure

-Rs. 30/- per exposure

Printing

Black & White

Colour

-Rs. 5/- per exposure (A4 size)

-Rs. 8/- per exposure (A4 size)

Scanning

-Rs. 8/- per exposure (A4 size)

CD- Writing

-Rs. 10/- per CD

(Printouts/Photocopies can only be taken on the paper available in HLRC/IHC)

What is not allowed in the Habitat Library & Resource Centre

  • Entry to the HLRC is not allowed after 7:45 p.m.
  • Smoking is prohibited in the HLRC.
  • Use and/or ringing of mobile phones is prohibited in the HLRC. Mobile phones are to be placed on silent mode when entering HLRC. Members flouting this requirement will be denied access to the HLRC.
  • Accessing pornographic sites using Internet facility in the HLRC is strictly prohibited. Members flouting this rule will be denied access to Internet facility in the HLRC.
  • Mutilation, damaging or defacing of books, periodicals, newspapers, audio-visual and other materials is prohibited. Members and their children found doing so will be barred access to the HLRC.
  • Eatables are not allowed in the HLRC.
  • Used tea and coffee cups are not to be left lying around and may please be deposited in the waste bins provided.
  • Tea/coffee is NOT allowed at Internet/Multimedia/Study Carrels Terminals.
  • Members bringing children with them are requested to ensure that no noise or disturbance is created by their wards in the HLRC.

Members are requested to adhere to the rules, regulations and norms of the Habitat Library & Resource Centre.

The Habitat Library & Resource Centre reserves the right to deny access to its premises or services to any member or his/her spouse/children.


For more information, please contact:

Habitat Library & Resource Centre,
India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road,
New Delhi - 110 003.
Phone: 91-11-43662021-2022 (Direct)
Board: 91-11-24682001-09 Ext.: 2021-2022
Fax: +91-011-24682011
E-mail: hlrc@indiahabitat.org
Web site: www.indiahabitat.org