Law is a science, and... all the available materials of that science are contained in printed books.... The library is the proper workshop of professors and students alike... it is to us all that the laboratories of the university are to the chemists and physicists, the museum of natural history to the zoologists, the botanical garden to the botanists.
-- Christopher C. Langdell
The inception of the Maharashtra National Law University Mumbai Library took place on 1 August 2015 with the inaugural of its parent organization Maharashtra National Law University Mumbai. Initially, the library was operational on the first floor of the hostel building for the convenience of the students. Subsequently the library shifted to the first floor of the campus building where the legacy of the propagation of the knowledge has continued. The library strives to become the knowledge hub and centre for learning by disseminating information to its users, assisting in curriculum development and research activities to recreate and record knowledge. The library is supported and guided by committed members of the Library Committee for its administrative and decision making purposes. The members of library committee are experienced professors, teachers, professionallibrary staff and also include student representative.
Following are the members of Library Committee:
|1.||Mr. Dibakar Kanunjna , Registrar||Chairman|
|2.||Prof. Saumya Uma||Librarian|
|3.||Prof. Deepika Bohra||Convener|
|4.||Prof. Bobby George||Co-convener|
|5.||Prof. Sajid Sheikh||Member|
|6.||Ms. Suhasini Kamble||Permanent Invitee|
|7.||Mr. Neelabh K Bist||Student Invitee|
|8.||Ms. Rutuja M.||Student Invitee|
|9.||Ms. Nisha Wagh||Student Invitee|
|10.||Mr. Ankit Kumar||Student Invitee|
|1.||Ms. Suhasini Kamble||(Library Assistant)|
The air conditioned university library has more than 3300 books and over 700 back volume journals / Law Reports, for example Supreme Court Cases, All England Law Reports, The Law Reports Appeal Cases, Weekly law Reports, Halsbury Laws of England, Manuals, Commentaries, Indian Journal of International Law, American International Law Cases, All India Report, Bank CLR etc. Subscription to various newspapers and magazines in three different languages, i.e., English, Hindi and Marathi has been provided with. The resources of the library are being upgraded day by day.
The university also operates a mini library in the hostel for the benefit of the hostellers such that they get access to the library even after the formal library timings. The mini library has a collection of all the essential books for the academic purposes of the students and can be accessed at any point of time of the day. As the university shares its resources with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai Library, the students also have access to it. These include a wide variety of 1,23,000 books in principle domains of social sciences. The journals subscription base (including e-Journals) includes 10,298 journals. Apart from this the students have access to online databases like Manupatra, Westlaw, JStor, EPW, Hein Online and Springer.
The university has also been fortunate enough to host a collection of valuable gratis books donated to it by Mr. N. Jayaraman, Advocate and Ex-IAS Officer. These includes classics from Philip C Jessup, J.G. Starke, Lord Halisham and Warren F Schwrtz just to name a few.
The library offers the reading room services, Circulation (issue/return/re-issue) of books services, reference services and referral services. It remains open for six days a week (Mon –Sat) from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM.
The university endeavors to enhance the availability of the resources available to it and therefore is in process of procuring more e - resources for the access of the students.