The Magadh University was established in 1962 with its temporary hea quarter centrally located in the city of Gaya. Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, the then President of India and also a renowned philosopher , laid foundation stone of this university at Bodh-Gaya where the present campus has been developed. The university Head Quarter was shifted to this new campus in December 1969 with its both teaching and non teaching functionaries. The Manulal Magadh university central library which was named after the name of Manulal Public Library donated to Magadh University also previously located in a temporary building at Gaya city was then shifted to this campus . The central Library with its open book shaped portico represents the city of learning. It is equipped with some such facilities which have made it distinct not only in Bihar but also in all over in India. Unlike other libraries of Bihar this library has maximum seating arrangements. It also contains twenty four researches. It also contains twenty four research cubicles. There are two big well furnished auditorium which have made this library most unique. One auditorium has 350 seating capacity arrangement with a big dias and audio arrangement. The other has 192 seating capacity. Seminars, conferences and meets of both National and International Level are frequently held in these auditoriums. Other facilities such as providing drinking water to the users of the library. Newspaper and periodical reading facilities, lift facilities and other essential facilities are made available in all the floors of the Library.
The central Library contains 162161 books 10 types of journals 1381 manuscripts. Not only this , peculiarly enough, this library has made a provision to accommodate lacs and lacs of reading materials which may be purchased in future. The Library contains some rare manuscripts and paintings . To its uniqueness like library has opened a Dr. K.K. Dutta Memorial section in the name of the first Vice- Chancellor of Magadh University . This section has been developed with an aims to attract both Indians researchers and researchers coming from abroad's. Good numbers of students / researchers coming from all over world in general and from south east Asian Countries in particular have visited this library section and have best use of reading materials. This section many contains books , journals , manuscripts and some rare paintings related to Buddhist Philosophy and studies. A team from Japan Foundation visited this library and dedicated to enrich this library by providing books in Japanese language and that too from their own resources . One hundred books written in japanese language have all ready arrived in this Library. The library remains open only from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm now it is proposed to raised the duration for opening the library from eight in the morning to eight in the evening.
- Reading Room.
- Reference Service
- Research Cubicles facility.
- Internet Facility.
- Newspaper and periodic reading facility.
- Dr. K.K.Dutta memorial section.
- Reprographics Facilities.
- Lending Facility.
- Open access facility.
- Seminar and conferences.
- Inter Library Loan Facility.
- Two well furnished auditorium are available for seminar and lecture services.
- Lift facility.
- Documentation service.
- Computerization of library.
- Microfilming System.
- other proposed facility such as waterproof building roof. Air conditioning of rooms, Installation of emergency lights, installation of electronic theft detector hardly need any justification.
- To be started self financed course in Bachelor in Library and information science and Master in Library and information science.
- online books and journals facility.
At present Manulal Magadh University Library headed By.
Prof NALIN SHASHTRI
Department of Botney.
Phone: +91 631 2432949 ( r) 2200348 ( 0)