The Indian Association of Special Libraries and Information Centres
(IASLIC) is a non-profit organisation based in India that supports development in the entire
field of special librarianship in India. The IASLIC undertakes supports, coordinate research
and studies, conducts short term training courses; organises general/special meetings,
and hold seminars and conferences in alternate years on current problems of Libraries and
Information services and other allied areas are selected as themes for discussions on theses
occasions. It also publishes journals, monographs, manuals, newsletters, papers, proceedings
Aims and objectives
In the forgoing perspective, the IASLIC, acronym for the Indian Association of Special
Libraries and Information Centres, was established on 3rd September 1955 as a non-profit
making national, professional body to -
- Undertake, Support and co-ordinate research and studies .
- Organize general and special meetings, seminars, workshops and conferences at national and regional level .
- Publish journals, monographs, manuals, newsletters, papers, proceedings and reports
- Conduct short-term training courses.
- Collaborate with other fraternal bodies in promoting the interests of the library and information profession.
- Undertake such other activities which are incidental and conducive to the attainment of its objects.
The mark of nineteenth century brought the development of many special libraries in India.
By beginning of twentieth century a need was felt to develop an association of such special
libraries to have better co-operation among these libraries across the country. An attempt
was made in 1949 to set up a special library association as a wing of the Indian Library
Association. It did not materialize immediately.
The second attempt was made in 1955. Shri J. Saha of the Indian Statistical Institute,
Shri A. K. Mukherjee of the Anthropological Survey of India, and Shri G. B. Ghosh of the
Geological Survey of India issued a brief circular on June 18, 1955 convening a meeting.
It was sent to a large number of librarians in India. The meeting was to be held on Saturday,
25 June at 4 P.M. in the Lecture Theatre of the Indian Museum.
In addition to the initiative of the three prime movers, the enthusiasm and inspiration of
the late Dr. S. L. Hora, a Zoologist of international repute, and the then Director of the
Zoological Survey of India were greatly responsible for the success of this venture.
The meeting of 25 June 1955 was well attended. Many librarians and documentalists from
far of places attended the meeting.
The circular of the meeting specifically mentioned �Perhaps you also have felt along with
us the necessity of having a Special Libraries Association in our country to encourage and
promote the collection, organization, and dissemination of information; to develop the
usefulness and efficiency of special libraries and other research organizations; and to
encourage the professional welfare of its members�.
The enthusiasm generated by this meeting ultimately led to the organization of another
meeting on 3 September 1955 at the Lecture Hall of the Indian Museum, Calcutta with
Dr. S. L, Hora as the Chairman. This is the meeting in which the India Association of Special
Libraries and Information Centres (IASLIC) was formally established. Dr. Hora was elected the
first President and Mr. J. Saha the first Honorary General Secretary of IASLIC. Since the
beginning of the twenty-first century, library professionals across the country at a large
scale in seminars, conferences, annual general meetings started demanding to spread out
IASLIC�s activities in all spheres of librarianship and libraries viz. Academic Library,
Public Library, Special Library, Corporate Library, Gvorment Library etc. Discussions were
taken place at a length in different seminars and conferences of IASLIC pertaining to the
emergent issues/themes relevant and related to these sections of the library world.
Ultiimately to meet the professional and societal needs and to respect the demand of a
large number of library professionals of India of different sectors IASLIC has been
compelled not to confined itself any more within special librarianship, rather it has
extended its activities to all possible spheres of librarianship by creating separate
wings for all of them � Academic Library Section, Public Library Section, Corporate
Library Section, Government Library Section. Also it has created a separate section viz
JOCLAI (Joint Council of Library Associations of India) Section to keep coordination
among all kind of Library Associations of India
1 : Mr. V.P. Singh, Ex. Documentation Officer
2 : Ms. C. K. Mamik
3 : Dr. A. K. Suman
4 : Shri. Ram Niwas
5 : Mr. D.D. Pandey, Ex- Librarian
6 : Shri. R. K. Goyal
7 : Dr. S.N. Pandey
8 : Mr. R.S. Bisht, Librarian
9 : Shri. R.K. Sood
10 : Ms. Mala Dutta Ex- Librarian
Categories of Members
There will be four categories of members:-
a). Life Member: Those members who donate onetime payment of Rs. 1000/.
b). Donors/ Patrons/ Honorary Members: Those members /persons who give voluntary Subscription (donation) to the Association for its upliftment and development, to the tune of Rs.5000/- or more.
Honorary members will be those who have done exemplary work in the way of fulfilling the aims and objectives of the association. Their names will be selected in the General body meeting by the consent of the Executive body and there they will be confirmed this membership.
c).Ordinary Member: Those members who donate Rs. 100/- as yearly subscription to CGLA.
d) Institutional Member: The Institution who seeks membership by donating Rs.2500/ annually or Rs. 25000/- one time for 15 years(Institutional life membership)
Branch in Delhi:
Shri. Mukesh Kumar
Central Information Commission,
Old JNU Campus,New Delhi -110067
Branch in Kolkata:
Shri. Partha Sarthi Das
National Library of India, Alipore Belvedere,
Kolkata (West Bengal)- 700027
Branch In Nagpur:
Shri. V.K. Saxena
Central Library, Indian Bureau of Mines,
Indira Bhawan, Civil Lines,
Nagpur (Maharashtra)- 440001