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The central library of Utkal University, named after its first Vice Chancellor, Professor Pranakrushna Parija, is one of the finest libraries in the state of Odisha. Set up in 1946 in Cuttack, it was shifted to the campus of Utkal University in Bhubaneswar in1962. The building of the library, an impressive edifice, is spread over 28,000 square foot and comprises a large reading room, periodical, reference, manuscript, documentation and text-book and administrative sections. The holdings of the library consist of more than two hundred thousand books and 5800 rare manuscripts. To serve the information needs of its large number of users in a globalised world the library, as part of UGC INFONET Digital Library Consortium INFLIBNET, provides them access to e-resources. The faculty, students, research scholars and employees of the University find Parija Library a vibrant and welcoming learning space.

Parija library was first located at Bhrdhaman Kothi, Cuttack in 1946. Then it was shifted to Utkal University Library Building in 1962. Parija Library in Utkal University was set up in 1946 at Vani Vihar in Bhubaneswar and was named so in the memory of the first Vice-Chancellor and a great scientist Late Dr. Pranakrishna Parija.

Parija Library in Utkal University at Vani Vihar has its own building within the campus. The library is situated in the heart of the campus. It occupies 28.000 sq. ft. The reading room occupies 7500 sq. ft. for 200 users, Periodical Section comprises 1800 sq. ft. for 60 users, Reference section comprises 1500 sq. ft., Administrative room occupies 2800 sq. ft., and Manuscript Section occupies 2500 sq. ft.


To be a world class knowledge resource centre.


To support the knowledge seekers and creators.

To facilitate dissemination of knowledge.

To provide excellent bibliographical support.

To be a repository of knowledge centre including both print and non print media.

To preserve the vast manuscript wealth of India.

The library has eight sections. Sections are
i.-Acquisition section.
ii.- Technical Section.
iii.-Periodical Section.
iv.-Circulation Section.
v.-Reference Section.
vi.-Documentation Section.
Vii.-Administrative Section.
Viii.-Text book Section.
ix.- Manuscripts Section, each section is headed by three Asst. Librarian.

Parija Library in Utkal University open on all working days from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. except on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays. Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. only. Books are issued on all working days from 10.30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

A library committee has been formed for the maintenance of the Parija Library in Utkal University. The committee frames the rules and regulations of the library after approval from University authorities.

Parija Library has 46 sanctioned posts and Library Office has 19 sanctioned posts. The posts are as follows:-

1.Chief librarian - One post.

2.Asst. Librarian - Six.

3.Tech. Asst.- Eight.

4.Jr. Tech Asst. - Ten.

5.Pandit Asst. - One.

6.Library Attendant - Eighteen.

7.Binder - Two.

1.Section Officer – One.

2.Sr. Asst. – Four.

3.Jr. Asst – Two.

4.Jr. Typist - One.

5.Peon – Four.

6.Watch man- Three.

7.Sweeper –Four.

Above all there is a provision of Prof.-in-charge of library to look after the library management.

Parija Library in Utkal University is used not only for the students but also by the teachers, employees and research scholars. It also caters the needs of all over the nations as per their requirement.

The library has printed books, journal & thesis.

(i) Total Books 2, 51,663
(ii) Books received in Donation 2,500
(iii) National and International Journals 236
(iv) Total Manuscripts 5,800

E-Resources: Parija Library is being a part of UGC INFONET Digital Library Consortium INFLIBNET programme the reader get the facilities to access in to the following e resources

Print Journal: The Parija subscribe 41 current journals and magazines. It also subscribes 19 daily news papers.

MAGAZINE: Banking service chronicle / Business & management chronicle / Banking & you / Competition success review / Competition references / Competition wizard / Competition in focus / Civil service chronicle / Civil service times / Chanakya / Economic & political weekly / Employment news (Eng) / Economy at a glance / Economy titbits / Front who / G. K. Today / India today / Kurukhetra / Master in current affairs / Main stream / National geography / News & events / New panoramo / Outlook / Pratiyogita kiran / Pratiyogita darpan / Reader’s digest / Renu G. K. & World vision / Science Reporter / Sport Star / Success mirror / Yojona (Eng) / Woman’s Era / Wisdom.

ODIA MAGAZINE: Bigyan Diganta / Jhankar / Yojona ( oriya) / Nijukti khabar / Niyati / Prajatantra saptahika / Odia kohinur press panji.DAILY NEWS PAPER: The Samaj / The Prajatantra / The sambada / The Dharitri / The Pragatibadi / The Samaya / The Prameya / The states man / The New Indian express / The Times of India / The pioneer / The Economic times / The Business Standard / The Teligraph / The Orissa post / The Financial Express / The Hindu / The Business line / The Asian Age.

THESES: The library has also in house repository of 10,567 thesis of different branches. Viz. Arts, Science, Commerce, Medical, Law.FACILITIES: The Library has the facilities of General Reading Rooms with the capacity of 120 seats special furniture for research scholar with the capacity of 14 research cubicles. Besides the reading facility it often lending of books for a period of 4 weeks to each member of Parija Library. It has also a xerox unit to supply xerox copy of the needed reference books and journals at the time of need.

Parija Library of Utkal University is one of the finest campus in Bhubaneswar. With each passing day its membership is growing as more teachers, research scholars and students are joining it for reference.

India was exceedingly advanced in intellectual activity during the ancient and medieval times. This country has the distinction of multiplicity of thoughts, languages, scientific, artistic, cultural, philosophical perceptions and knowledge system. These composite knowledge is perceived as the as the key resource for developmental activities. For centuries, the Indian knowledge Systems have passed down from generation to generation through oral and written traditions. A variety of writing materials such as stones, copperplates, birch bark, palm leaves, parchments and paper had been in use to preserve the intellectual heritage. This treasure of wisdom containing the ancient knowledge systems has come down to us in the form of manuscripts. Indian manuscripts are the richest collection of written documents that provide information on the existence of different civilizations and the cultural affluence of the nation. Written in different Indian languages; these manuscripts are spread all over the country in different monasteries, temples, libraries, museums, with individuals and in several private institutions. In fact, India has possibly the oldest and the largest collection of manuscripts in the world.

A manuscript is a written document that has been manually created as opposed to being printed or reproduced in some other way. The word ‘manuscript’ is derived from the Medieval Latin term ‘manuscriptum’ that means hand written documents ( Manuscript is a hand written composition on bark, cloth, metal, palm leaf, paper or any other material that has significant scientific, historical or aesthetic value. Manuscripts are found in hundreds of different languages and scripts ( Manuscripts of modern period also refer to autographs, correspondences and type written materials. The manuscripts have a long history of its existence. According to the Chambers Dictionary, “Manuscript is a book or document written by hand before the invention of printing” (Allied Chambers (India) Limited, 2000). So manuscripts include all types of early writing, which are not printed and published. In other words hand writings of any kind whether on paper or any other material in contradiction to printed materials are called manuscripts.

  • Abidhan
  • Alamkara
  • Ayurvedah
  • Copied mss
  • Darsan
  • Dharamasatra
  • Ganita
  • Illustrated
  • Jyotish
  • Nataka
  • Oriya kavya
  • Oriya purana
  • Puranan
  • Sangitam
  • Sanskrit kavya
  • Silpa
  • Suppliment
  • Tantram
  • Vedah
  • Vyakarana

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