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a. Introduction

Housed in a two storied building, the Stella Maris College Library is fully automated with a wide collection of the latest books, periodicals and CDROMs, which is expanded and updated every year. The library, which has an open access system, is committed to using technology in efficient and innovative ways. The Library functions in a networked environment and maintains three servers and over 60 PCs to support its various operations and services. Electronic resources such as EBSCO host, NList, Sage online journals and American Economic Association Journals are made available to all members of the library via the Internet and the College Intranet. The library also hosts DSpace, a digital repository of research which is the Institutional repository of the College. It contains published articles, syllabi, conference papers, question papers, theses and other related documents, with full text wherever possible. Faculty and researchers may contribute their own publications for uploading in DSpace.

The top floor of the building houses the Postgraduate Library and the research cubicles which are equipped with computers with the necessary software.

The mezzanine floor also houses “Stellarchives”, the College archives, which collects, preserves and maintains the historical evidence of the institution’s heritage. It contains photographs, manuscripts, artifacts and ephemerals, some of which date back to the inception of the College. It also houses rare books, and books and articles authored by faculty and former students of the college. Ready reference books like encyclopaedias, yearbooks, almanacs, and dictionaries etc. are also available on the mezzanine floor which also has four computers with headphones to view subject CDs and videos.

The air-conditioned Audio-Visual room in the library is used for orientation programmes, seminars and programmes on research methodology and training in the use of various databases.

One of the best practices of the General Library is the conduct of the Publishers Exhibtion which is an annual feature aimed at bringing all the book publishers and dealers on one platform through a book exhibition.

Newly added books are displayed every week for more visibility and provision is available for online reservation of these new books.

Besides the main library, which houses the bulk of the print collection, there are departmental libraries which cater to the needs of their specific departments.

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Stella Maris College Library was started in the present campus in 1962, which was initially in a room (M-01) of the main building with book racks on one side and a counter on the other side. Seven years after its humble beginning, Sr. Maryji was given charge of the library. The impressive double storied building which hosts the library was the result of her vision. The fruit of five years of studying other reputed libraries, the present building was inaugurated in 1975 when Sr. Irene Mathias was the principal of the college. When the government mandated all colleges to have a Librarian with a master's degree in Library Science, Ms. Gita Balachandran became the Librarian of Stella Maris College in 1978.

The library has evolved over the years in so many ways, it has become much more user friendly, yet it manages to maintain the charm of the good old days. The Stella Maris College Library is a pioneer in several ways - automation of the entire library was done as early as 2003. It was the first to introduce bar coding among the city colleges. The Madras University Library followed suit later.

Today one enters the library, scan the ID's, breeze past the several reference books to reach the computer section to find the books, journals, research papers through online catalogue such as OPAC - as if it is the most natural thing to do. Browsing through racks and racks of books seems rather tedious, when one can find all that they need at just the click of a mouse. That is how much the library has changed. The postgraduate library has a whole gamut of resources-books, journals, doctoral theses of the students and faculty. It has been revamped with new modular research cubicles equipped with computers and has ben air conditioned.

SMC Library is an important intellectual resource of the College which helps the College fraternity to fulfill the curriculum needs and to promote research. The College Library functions as an auxiliary to all the departments in carrying out teaching programmes effectively and efficiently. The library is a physical space with rooms full of books .and machines-printers, copiers, and computers. With an ever-changing landscape of digital technology and easy access to information, the College Library has its own identification within the College campus. After serving the college for 32 long years, Ms. Gita Balachandran retired in 2010 and Dr. Mahalakshmi took over as the second librarian of this prestigious institution from 2011.


The College Library is committed to a wide-ranging vision of keeping the College community abreast with the latest developments in various fields and to fulfil their Information needs which would hone the creative and researching talent of the College fraternity.


The carpet area of the Library is about 1560 sq. metre.

Floor Plan

Floor Plan


UG Library
Mezzanine Layout
PG Library

Working Hours

Monday - Saturday : 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

The Library is closed on Sundays and other public holidays.


  • Students must scan their Identity Card (ID) before entering the library.
  • Exchange of ID cards is not permitted.
  • Students must immediately report the loss of their ID card to the Librarian.
  • Strict silence should be maintained in the library.
  • Books will be issued or renewed only if the student produces her identity card.
  • Students are not allowed to bring any printed matter or files into the library.
  • Students must deposit their mobile phones and wallets at the token counter for security reasons.
  • Books must not be marked or damaged in any manner
  • A student found guilty of damaging books will be debarred from using the library.
  • Students must examine each book before borrowing and immediately report any damaged/ missing pages to the Librarian.
  • Students shall replace or pay for the cost of any book lost by them. If one book of a set is lost or damaged the whole set shall be replaced.
  • A fine of Rs. 2/- will be charged for each day a book is overdue for the first week, and thereafter Rs. 3/- for each day it is overdue.
  • The student must return all books and settle any outstanding dues prior to applying for the Transfer Certificate

Seating Capacity

The Library has seating for 400 users.


Eight library staff are available to cater to the College community's information needs.

Librarian : Dr. M. Mahalakshmi


All the students,faculty and administrative staff of the College are the members of the Library.Apart from offering membership for students ,faculty and the administrative staff the SMC Library also offers membership for research scholars and alumnae on payment of a nominal fee. The SMC Library also extends its membership to retired faculty and visitors.

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Journals:8859 ( incl. e-journals)
Online Database:EBSCOHOST
N-List e-Resources:6000+ Journals
Thesis & Dissertations:1774
Bound Periodicals:4219

Method of Classification - Dewey Decimal Classification

A separate theses section is available in the PG Library which holds M.Phil and Ph.D. theses.

The General Library has a separate section for Civil Services Examinations and books forUGC NET. The Civil Services section has books on History, Public Administration, Economics, Commerce and General Studies and is updated with latest syllabus of CSAT.


Access to Electronic resources

The SMC Library subscribes to electronic resources like EBSCO, N-List, Sage Online Journals and American Economic Association Journals.

Air conditioned Browsing Enclosures 

An air conditioned enclosure for the computer systems is available both in UG and PG library

Article Alerts 

Every Periodical / Journal subscribed in the Library has been indexed in accordance with the courses offered in various disciplines.

Audio Visual Facility 

The air-conditioned Audio-Visual Room in the Library can be used for orientation programmes, seminars and programmes and training in the use of various databases.

Catering to Visually challenged students 

The College has become a member of the Bookshare, an online community  that enables students with visual and other print disabilities to legally share and download scanned academic resources for which computers with JAWS and NVDA softwares are made available.

Document Delivery services 

The entire Library collection has been RFID tagged.

Earn While You Learn scheme 

Students from economically weaker sections of the society are offered Part time jobs in the library where they can work for one hour and get paid. Five hours per week.

Eco-friendly conservation of books 

The Library follows the herbal pest control procedure using Lemongrass oil

Information Literacy 

Displays on internationally acclaimed days, “Meet the Author “programme, Library Membership drives of other libraries are all part of Information literacy programmes.

Daily news is displayed in the notice board just outside the Library. Apart from this, there are also displays available in the various points in the library like

  • ➢ General Knowledge
  • ➢ Display on Tips for Life
  • ➢ Display on Topic of Interest

Institutional Membership of other libraries / centres :

The General Library is Institutional members of the  American Centre Library and the INFLIBNET

Institutional Repository 

The Library hosts DSpace , a digital repository which provides access to syllabi, academic papers presented at national and international fora, question papers, course schedule etc.

Interlibrary loan 

Inter Library Loan is encouraged between colleges which are affiliated to University of Madras.

Internet Access 

Internet browsing facility is available to the College community.


The Online Public Access Catalogue can be accessed anywhere from the College campus via the Intranet.

Open Access 

The SMC Library follows the open access system

Reprographic Services 

Photocopying, Printing and Scanning are done in the Library at a nominal cost .

Research Cubicles

Private cubicles with internet access are available in the PG library for research scholars

Suggestion Box 

Users can recommend books and journals by using prescribed book / journal recommendation form available in the OPAC. They can also drop their suggestions in the suggestions box provided in the UG Library.

User Orientation

Every student is required to attend an Orientation Programme “Know Your Library “ immediately after enrolment.

Wi-Fi Facility 

Wi Fi facilities are available in the Library



The automation of the Library was done as early as 2003. The software used in the Library is e-BLIS . All the sections of the Library are fully automated.e-BLIS has been installed with the following main modules for the library’sIn-house operations.


The Stella Maris College Library contains thousands of books, periodicals, CDs and DVDs and other electronic reading materials. It is a challenge for the librarian to manage such type of huge collection. Using RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) technology for library management, is very comfortable and convenient. Using RFID in libraries saves library staff's time by automatizing their tasks.

A RFID library management system consists of books, each attached with an RFID tag, RFID reader, computer network and software. Hence in SMC Library adopting RFID technology for Library Automation started in December 2017 and the facility was inaugurated in September 2018 . All the operations and services of the SMC Library have been automated using RFID. RFID is one of the latest technologies used in libraries for theft detection which also eases Circulation process and Inventory control. Radio Frequency identification uses wireless radio communication to uniquely identify objects and is one of the fastest growing automatic data collection technologies. The SMC Library has introduced self-service "check-in" and "checkout" by use of the Self-Kiosk machine that helps easy issue and return of the books. A Drop-box has been made available outside the Library opposite to the big OAT in which the college community can drop its borrowed books from 7.30am to 7.30pm without having to come to the Library. The security gates at the entrance trigger an alarm if a user walks away without getting the books issued against her name.

RFID - Photos

Self Kiosk - Video


Library Subscription



AER Journals

Sage Online Journals

Open Access

e-books : Links to free e-books

e-journals ( Library subscription) ( Library subscription)

e-databases Library subscription)

e-theses : Links to Shodhganga & ETD


Online Dictionaries


Government Sites


The Library hosts DSpace , a digital repository which provided access to syllabi, academic papers presented at national and international fora, question papers, course schedule,synopses of theses and other research related documents with full text wherever possible."The Information relevant to the Students and Faculty such as course schedule will be kept updated for the current semester."



The Library has subscribed the plagiarism software "URKUND" using which the Librarian and the Research supervisors can check plagiarism in a documents to be submitted for the conferences and seminar and in Journals. The software generates a report showing the similarities with other documents.







There exists a strong Library Advisory Committee which consists of the Principal, Vice Principals, IQAC Coordinator, Faculty and Students Representatives apart from the Librarian.

Library Advisory Committee - Minutes - 2023
Library Advisory Committee - Minutes - 2022
Library Advisory Committee - Minutes - 2021
Library Advisory Committee - Minutes - 2020
Library Advisory Committee - Minutes - 2019
Library Advisory Committee - Minutes - 2018
Library Advisory Committee - Minutes - 2017
Library Advisory Committee - Minutes - 2016
Library Advisory Committee - Minutes - 2015



  • User Orientation for the new students and staff
  • Separate Competitive Examination Books section
  • Herbal Pest Control for conservation of books
  • Electronic display of Daily news, new arrivals & Days of United Nations Observances
  • Membership for ex-students & retired Staff
  • Provision of Wi Fi
  • Users recommend the purchase of books & journals through forms available in Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC)
  • Functioning of Ready reference unit
  • Establishment of 24 Research Cubicles in the Post graduate Library
  • Separate Server room hosting three servers.



SWAYAM or Study Webs of Active –Learning for Young Aspiring Minds programme of Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, Professors of centrally funded institutions like IITs, IIMs, central universities will offer online courses to citizens of India

SWAYAM is an instrument for self-actualisation providing opportunities for a life-long learning. Here learner can choose from hundreds of courses , virtually every course that is taught at the university / college / school level and these shall be offered by the best of  teachers in India and elsewhere.

URL : Swayam Platform


National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) is a joint initiative of the seven IITs and IISc.which offers web and video courses on various disciplines like Engineering, Science and Humanities.


College Participation in NPTEL
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e-PG Pathshala


To inculcate modern technology into the curriculum, our institution has introduced LMS (Learning Management System) into the teaching-learning process. Moodle is our learning management system that provides a platform for e-learning through which courses are offered for students. The students would be provided with the login credentials Learning Management System (LMS) for accessing the courses online.


  • Remote access to EBSCO Journal Database
  • Remote access to Magzter Journals thorugh the APP by creating created personalized coupon code solely for our College during May 2020.
  • Individual User IDs to the students and faculty for the N-List Programme
  • Coordinated the Coursera for Campus Program
  • Coordinator of SWAYAM-NPTEL Programme
  • The "Urkund" Plagiarism software was procured in February 2021.
  • New Slot readers which record the In and Out timings of the users have been procured for Department Libraries of Fine Arts and Commerce in March 2021
  • Web based Orientation for the newly joined students
  • Online Programmes Conducted:

  • "SWAYAM" on 21 May, 2020 for Mentee Colleges
  • "SWAYAM" on 30 May, 2020 for SMC Faculty
  • "Timeless Treasure" on June 09, 2020
  • Online Quiz from June 26 - 28, 2020.
  • "Research within Reach". From July 15-17, 2020