Library at a Glance
The BIDS Library, the largest social sciences library in Bangladesh, has a collection of over 140,000 books, documents, journals and microfiches. It provides a wide range of services to the user community, including current awareness, reproduction, inter-library lending and reading facilities. Annually, about 10,000 users avail the library facilities. The library attracts students, teachers, researchers, and other users from different regions of the country. The library produces an information dissemination bulletin for Bangla books. It also participates in information networks to facilitate resource-sharing, and maintains inter-library loan relationships with selected libraries in Dhaka city.
The computerization process at the library began in 1991. Since 1995, data on new books, documents, journal articles, and BIDS publications have been fully computerized. At present, about 65,000 records are available in the in-house databases. The library offers services from these in-house databases.
About 12 CD-ROM databases are available in the library such as Econ-Lit, Popline, World Development Sources, World Development Indicators, Global Development Finance, Program-Procurement in World Bank Financed Projects, Information USA, Journal of Economic Literature, World Development Report, and World Bank Africa Database. In addition to the World Bank and United Nations, the library has been designated as the depository of publications of the International Monetary Fund and the Asian Development Bank. Besides other normal library services, users can avail full Internet Services in the Library.
The library remains open from 9.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. in all working days.
BIDS library has been designated as the depository of publications of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Asian Development Bank.
There are many categories of members of BIDS library:
BIDS Library has a collection of large number of foreign and local journals. The library also receives a good number of reprints and newsletters from different institutions. The library operates exchange programme with 360 national and international organizations and receives a large number of journals from them in exchange for BIDS publications.
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CD-ROM Data Base
More than 13 CD-ROM databases are available in the library such as Econ-Lit, Popline, World Development Sources, World Development Indicator, Global Development Finance, Program-Procurement in World Bank financed projects, Information USA, Journal of Economic Literature, World Development Report, World Bank Africa Database, Direction of Trade Statistics, International Financial Statistics, Government Finance Statistics, Balance of Payments Statistics etc.