The SIPRD has two libraries. One is in its main campus at ‘Gandhi Bhavan’ and another is at ‘Benoy Bhavan’. The library at Gandhi Bhawan has been extended to five floors to augment the capacity and to improves the physical infrastructures there. With the new construction, it is now housed in a spacious five storied building having a collection of more than 23000 books. The 5th. Floor of the building has now converted into another state of the art conference room with an accommodation for 30 heads. There are 50 Nos. of journals and periodicals subscribed regularly. Another library of Benoy Bhavan has collection of more than 7,888 books at present and 17 Nos. of Journals.
The library in Gandhi Bhavan has four computers with internet facilities and LAN facility with the server in computer lab of this institute. The library of Benoy Bhavan has two computers catering to Information Resource Management. Both libraries use CDIS/ISIS (WINISIS) software for computerized cataloguing and other documentation services. The library has special collections like Census Reports, NSSO Reports, West Bengal Legislative Assembly Proceedings, various reports on Panchayats & Rural Development and more than 1500 documents collected from different National/International organizations’ websites. The library has got a huge collection of books in Social Sciences.
The libraries provide facilities like (a) Browsing computerized catalogue, (b) Reference Services, (c) Referral Services, (d) Current Awareness Service, (e) Bibliography service, (f) Documentation, (g) Browsing information through INTERNET, (h) Reading rooms, and (i) Reprography Services (this facility has been provided by SIPRD ECCCS Ltd.,.
The Library of this Institute is continuing to offer a ‘Hybrid Library Service, combining paper and electronic resources as appropriate in the area of Rural Development and allied subjects. The Library offers the facility to search online Journal Articles and data on various development related issues from ‘JSTOR’ and ‘Indiastat.com’ respectively.
Both the libraries are used by the Trainee Officers, Faculty Members, Staff Members and departmental Officers of this institute concerned with Rural Development works. Apart from that the Student, Research Scholars and Academics of different Universities and Institutions connected with Social Sciences, Rural Development, Panchayati Raj Institutions, Public Administration, Political Science, etc. also use these libraries.