Sri Narayan Rao Melgiri Memorial National Law Library

Sri Narayan Rao Melgiri Memorial National Law Library, was established with the generous assistance of Mrs. Sudha Narayanamurthy of INFOSYS. The library is a three storied building of 30,000 sq.ft. built-up area with ample space for storage of books and for reading purposes. Measures have been taken to ensure that all students have physical access to the library.

The library houses a collection of over 70,000 volumes (Books – 50,000 and Journals – 20,000) covering a wide range of general and special subjects, comprising of textbooks, reference books, back volumes of journals and reports, apart from current legal periodicals. Computerized catalogues have been introduced to assist the students and research scholars in locating information in their areas of research.

An orientation programme is also organised for new students to help them acquaint themselves with the library system and services and for enabling maximum utilisation of the available resources. Any queries regarding the collections, usage of search tools and resources can be directed to the librarian by reaching out to


Remote Access to Library Resources: 

To optimize the usage of eResources for the academic and research purposes, RemoteXS – a cloud based secured access service is operational from anywhere, anytime to the NLS community.

RemoteXS brings all the scattered eResources of the institution, under one umberalla consisting of e-Databases, e-Journals, e-Books and other e-Content.  Any issues related to RemoteXS can be contacted by email to,,,

To access, click here:

Open Access Catalog (OPAC):

The University provides for a publicly accessible catalog of resources, books, databases, subscriptions and journals currently housed or made accessible by the library. The Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) provides information on a range of research subjects, as well as information on how to access both the physical as well as e-resources of the library.

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Subscriptions and Databases: 

The University provides students with access to a wide range of databases. While access to these databases is granted to all students, it is governed by licensing arrangements between the University and the publishers. Downloading records may amount to infringement and it is advised that all students understand the University’s best practices associated with these databases to avoid any undue complications.

Accessible databases currently include those listed below. Click on the titles to explore further:



The Open Access Catalog offers a variety of journals ranging across topics. For a simplified access to e-journals and print journals on the OPAC page, click on the links below:



Here, you can access the list of publications by the National Law School of India University along with some rare collections. To explore, click below:


Library Timings:

During trimester
Week Days From To
Monday to Saturday 8.30 AM 3.00 AM
Sunday 10.00 AM 4.00 PM
During trimester break
Monday to Saturday 9.30 AM 5.00 PM
During Vacation Library will be closed on Sundays.
Note: Library will be closed on All National Holidays
Distance Education Students are allowed to use the library from 8.30 am to 8.30 pm from Monday to Saturday and Sundays from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Out Siders are allowed to use the library from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm during weekdays and Sundays from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

Library Statistics

Books 50,000
Back Volumes of Journals & Subscription 20,000
Current Journals 99
General Magazines 8
News Papers 8
Computers 16
Photocopying Machines 3
Staff 11

Documentation Centre:

The documentation center consists of the materials related to the research work conducted by the various research centers on NLSIU.

Those research centers are “Center for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy (CSSEIP), Center for Women and the Law (CWL), Center for Child and the Law (CCL), Center for the Environmental Education, Research and Advocacy (CEERA), Center for Intellectual Property Research and Advocacy (CIPRA), The Institute of Law and Ethics in Medicine (TILEM) and World Trade Organization (WTO) Reports.

This center also includes Books, Audio – Visual Materials, Students Project Reports, Newsletters, Electronic Documents and Journals of various subjects. Documentation Center is a reference center. The materials can’t be borrowed and it is only for reference.

Services Offered:
  • Lending of Books
  • Reference
  • Referral
  • Articles Index Service
  • News Paper Clipping Service
  • Inter-Library Loan
  • CD-Rom databases search
  • Internet Search

Library Layout

Ground Floor:

  • All Back volumes of Journals and Reports are housed here.
  • Current Journals/Reports being subscribed in the library.
  • Reading hall
  • Documentation Center
  • Six rooms exclusively used for moot activities

First Floor :

  • Library entrance
  • Property counter
  • 6 computers for OPAC
  • Book Issue / Return Counter
  • Reading hall (Silent Zone)
  • Assistive technology room for visually impaired
  • Reference Section & Reference Desk
  • Library committee room

Second Floor:

  • Text books and other reference books are housed here.
  • A Reading Hall
  • A Photocopier

– CIPRA – Centre for Intellectual Property Rights and Advocacy
– Subrata Roy Choudhury Collection
– Guna Pai Vasanth Pai Foundation
– Shri Vaidyanathan’s collection
– Wadhwa and Co. Collection
– Prof. john Harvard Mansfield’s Collection
– Namballa Krishna Chandra Rao’s Collection

The above mentioned centers’ collections are all received as gratis to our library by the respective Trusts / Foundations. Along with this collection some of the reference materials are also housed here for easy access to the users.

Librarian (I/C)

National Law School of India University
P.B.No. 7201., Nagarbhavi,
Bangalore – 560 242

91-080-23160 532/533


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