Kathmandu University Central Library (KUCL) is in Dhulikhel Campus, Management and Education Library in Lalitpur, for Music and Fine Arts in Bhaktapur, and for Medical Sciences KUMS Library in Chaukot,Panauti for Basic Sciences, for Clinical Sciences in Dhulikhel Hospital KUTH. All libraries hold books, video and audio cassettes, CD-ROMS, journals and magazines specific to the areas taught in their campus.

Devraj Adhikari


  » To provide information for the fulfillment of the objectives of the university.
  » To provide information for teaching, research and management of the university.
  » To provide learning materials both in conventional and e-resources for study and research.
  » To adopt ICTs in housekeeping operations of the library.
  » To be a full-fledged modern library.

    Library Opening Hours

    07:00 A.M. - 08:00 P.M. in weekdays

    12:00 P.M. - 06:00 P.M. on Saturday

    Books Circulation

    07:00 A.M. - 07:30 P. M.

    KUCL Collection

    KU library system has:

      » 56,091 - Volume of books
      » 2500 - CD-ROMs
      » 200 - Video cassettes
      » 125 - Journal titles and newsletters and
      » 75 - Audio cassettes.

Rules and Regulations

  • All bags, Briefcases and personal belongings should be left outside the Library.
  • Books as well as the personal files should be checked out from the checking counter.
  • Body search can be done for those who is suspected of malpractice in the library.
  • The member is expected to return borrowed books on or before the due date stamped on the date label in the book. An overdue charge will be levied for the late return of the book as follows: Up to 15 days Rs. 1.00 per vol. per day and for rest of the days Rs. 3 per vol. per day.
  • If the due date lies during holidays or vacation period, the book should be returned to the library on the opening day. Failure to return on the opening day are subject to overdue fines of the holidays/ vacation period too.
  • Books may be renewed if not required by other readers.
  • Journals, Newspapers and reference materials are to be used only in the library.
  • In case of loss of Identity Card, Duplicate Card could be made with a fee of Rs. 100.00.
  • The library books are for the benefit of not only the present but also the future members of the library. They should, therefore, be handled with every care and consideration.
  • Food, drink and smoking are not allowed in the library.
  • Identity Card is not transferable.
  • Identity Card should be returned to the library while obtaining library clearance.
  • Those who tear out the pages from the magazine or book will have to pay a fine and the fine will be decided by the librarian.

The following are the penalties for doing malpractice in the library:

(a) First chance:
  • a fine of Rs. 1000.00 or the triple amount of the book which is going to be stolen; the higher is charged.
  • Notify the Director, Student's Affairs as well as in the Notice Board.
  • Inform the guardian.
(b) Second chance:
  • all of the penalties mentioned in 15(a)
  • suspension of the membership period for the remaining semester or year.
(c) Third chance:
  • all of the penalties mentioned in 15(b)
  • action to be taken for expulsion.

Those who helps in protecting the malpractice in the library will be given a letter of felicitation and inform the Director, Student's Affairs and the guardian about him.
As the University library is a place of individual study and research, it is necessary to maintain an atmosphere of quiet and dignity inside the library. Members are, therefore, reminded that conversation or consultation among themselves or noisy or demonstrative greetings of friends inside the library is not permissible.

Specialties of KUCL

Situated in one of the beautiful hills of Dhulikhel, Kavre, 28 km from Kathmandu surrounded by greenery and magnificent view of the Himalayas in the north, in a pollution free environment

Library Building:
Centrally located within the campus and is accessible within a reach of five minutes from each and every department. It is of three storey building having 10,000 sq ft area in each storey. It is well planned and will be sufficient for future development.

Information Resources:
Being a research cum teaching university, focus has been given to enrich the reference collection with less priority for text books which on the other hand the students themselves would be able to purchase. With this view, the library spent most of the budget in purchasing reference materials. Thus the collection has proved to be a best collection in the respective field and is admired by faculty members and researchers within the campus, as well as the outsiders and visitors. The access to online e-resources received through PERI, WHO & FAO further enriched the resources as well as the research activities in KU.

Library Budget:
Keeping in view the importance of library, the university has given number one priority among the physical facilities provided by the university. The library budget for books & journals is increasing every year. Apart from the recurring budget, the budget for books & journals was NRs. 5.75 lakhs in 1994/95 for overall KU library system. This budget increased every year and reached to NRs. 34 lakhs in 2012/13 for central library only, which is a substantial amount provided by the university for the development of the library system in KU.

Periodical section, Technical processing section, Reference section, Stack-cum-reading room, Circulation section, Offices for librarian and assistant librarian, Store are all well designed. They are all equipped with necessary library furniture and equipments designed by the experts.

It has got 30 computers connected to the internet and are available to the students from 7 AM to 8 PM in weekdays and on Saturday 12 PM to 6 PM to help them in their study.

Library Automation:
Library automation means automating all the housekeeping operations of the library such as, acquisition, cataloguing, serials control, circulation, OPAC, etc. KU library previously used CDS/ISIS for information storage & retrieval. It was just a computerized catalogue. The technological development and the increasing demand of the users compelled us to think of the library automation, which resulted to purchase Software for University Libraries (SOUL) developed by INFLIBNET Centre, an inter-university centre of UGC of India. It has been installed and used in three different libraries of KU, i.e. Central library, KUMS library and Management & Education library, which made KU library the first academic library to have library automation in Nepalese context. The web-based Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) is a remarkable feature of the software by which a user would be able to find out his/her requirements and his status himself online. The use of Barcode make the circulation work fast and systematic.

Library provides various services like,

  » Circulation
  » Interlibrary loan
  » Reference and referral services
  » Reprographic services
  » User education
  » Selective Dissemination of Information (SDI)
  » Current Awareness Services (CAS)
  » Paper clippings
  » OPAC services
  » Internet and e-mail services

Online Journal Access

There are several online information resources available purely for academic purpose. It was made possible through Program for the Enhancement of Research Information (PERI) of International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP), UK , and through the membership of NeLIC , Nepal Library & Information Consortium. They are accessed directly within the university through the IP address of the university.

BioOne offers access to over 170 research journals on Biological, Ecological & Environmental Sciences.

Oxford journals Collection:
Oxford journals collection includes over 238 titles in Medicine, Life Sciences, Mathematics & Physical Sciences, Law, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

Oxford Textbook of Medicine:
The online edition of the Oxford Textbook of Medicine offers comprehensive coverage of the scientific aspects and clinical practice of internal medicine and its subspecialties, and includes over 2500 illustrations and photographs.

Directory of Open Access Journals:
We can have access to lot of journals in the areas such as: Chemical technology, Computer Science, Construction, Electrical & Nuclear engg., Environmental engg. , Environmental technology, General & Civil engg., Hydraulic engg., Industrial engg., Manufactures, Materials, Mechanical engg., Mining & Metallurgy, Technology & Transportation.

Royal Society Journals Collection:
It includes nine high-impact titles in the Physical and Biological sciences, Mathematical and Engineering Sciences, and Cross- disciplinary subjects including Philosophical Transactions A and B, and Proceedings A and B.

International Journal of Agriculture & Biology

Journal of Agriculture and Social Science

HINARI Program set up by WHO to gain access to one of the world's largest collections of biomedical and health literature. Up to 11,400 journals (in 30 different languages), up to 18,500 e-books, up to 70 other information resources are now available to health institutions in more than 100 countries.

Access to an outstanding digital library collection of 1900 journals in the fields of food, agriculture, environmental science and related social sciences.

New England Journal of Medicine:
It publishes content with an emphasis on internal medicine and sub- specialty areas, including Cardiology, Emergency Medicine, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Hematology/Oncology, Immunology/Allergy, Infectious Disease, Nephrology, Neurology/Neurosurgery, Pulmonary and Rheumatology.

Pediatric Neurology Briefs:
It is a leading monthly journal review focusing on Child Neurology.

Geological Society of London:
The Lyell Collection of GSL is one of the largest integrated collection of online Earth Science literature available.

Access to one of the world's largest collections of environmental science research. Over 4,150 peer reviewed titles owned and published by over 350 prestigious publishing houses and scholarly societies.

Project MUSE:
It provides online access to over 500 full text journals from 70 publishers in humanities and social sciences. ( It can be accessed from School of Management Library , Balkumari only.)

Nepal Journals Online

Cambridge Journals/Cambridge University Press:
It publishes over 300 peer-reviewed academic journals containing the latest research from a broad sweep of subject areas.

Annual Reviews:
Annual Reviews has offered comprehensive, timely collections of critical reviews written by leading scientists. Annual Reviews volumes are published each year for 41 focused disciplines within the Biomedical, Life, Physical, and Social Sciences including Economics.

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Publishing:
Publishing integrated media content in the most promising areas of biotechnology, biomedical research/life sciences, clinical medicine and surgery, law, alternative and complementary medicine, philanthropy, and environmental science and sustainability.

Online Public Access Catalogue