KRC/Library has more than 1,50,000 books and bound volumes of journals including key reference books. KRC subscribes to around 250 journals which are mainly in digital format. Around 28 titles are subscribed in print format. Chemical abstract is available in KRC/Library since its inception ie from 1907. KRC/Library also has digitized documents of Annalen der Chemie (1832-1918), Chemische Berichte (1868-1916). Library also holds print collection of BIOS, FIAT, CIOS, SRI reports.
Around 3.5 crores are spent on books and journals. The CSIR budget for KRC/library is Rs. 3 Crores. This is supplemented by funds from Lab reserve, sponsored projects and JRF/SRF grants.
Document Delivery Services (Journals articles, Patents, Translation of scientific/technical literature - from Japanese/Chinese/European languages to English), Online search of International databases, Electronic Access to a number of databases hosted on the NCL Intranet.
The membership of the library is available (on payment basis) to postgraduate students, staff from academic institutions, Govt. R&D laboratories and industry. Only print resources are availabe for consultation /reference against library membership to outsude members.
KRC/Library is open 9.00 am to 5.30 pm on all working days.