National Law School of India University
Shri Narayan Rao Melgiri Memorial National Law Library

The library is the ‘heart’ of any academic institution and plays an important role in all academic activities and, the more so, in law institutions. Known as Sri Narayana Rao Memorial National Law Library, its establishment was generously assisted through the munificence of Mrs. Sudha Narayanamurthy of INFOSYS. This is a three storied building of 30,000 sq.ft. built-up area with ample space for storage of books and for reading purposes. The library has been planned keeping in view the aims and objectives of the Law School, and is being operated by a team of professionally qualified library staff guided by the Library Council. It has 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 etc., apart from current legal periodicals. The Library functions from 8.30 am till 3.00 am on weekdays and on Sundays from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm, but, opening and closing hours will vary on Holidays and vacation (Refer Library Timings).

The library has an open access system to facilitate readers to have easy access to the library resources. The NLSIU Library has also established links with other important libraries in and around Bangalore in order to provide inter-library access for the benefit of students and teachers of the Law School.

To assist the students and Research Scholars in locating literature as well as information in their areas of research, general reference, current awareness and computerized catalogues have been introduced. 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.

The Law School has introduced computerised facilities for both housekeeping as well as information retrieval. Since, it now, has a leased line connection to the internet, it is possible to have easy access to information directly from all available computerized data bases all over the world, not only in the field of law but also in other disciplines.

Keeping in mind the vision to create an E-Law School, the University subscribes to many international online databases like WESTLAW, JSTOR, KLUWERONLINE, SPRINGERLINK, LEXIS-NEXIS, JSTOR, HEINONLINE, KLUWER-ARBITRATION, etc. which contain enormous resources like International Case Reporters, Statutes, and Articles from Law Reviews, constituting an invaluable resource to a law school student. MANUPATRA.COM, SUPREME COURT CASE ONLINE (SCCONLINE) and similar Indian databases have also been made available for both students and faculty. NLSIU is among the first of the legal educational institutions in India to subscribe to these online databases.

With a computerised library system it is the aim of the library to establish a network of law libraries in India and also to establish a National Legal Information Centre, which will act as a clearing house of information in the field of law.

The Library has all state-of-the-art gadgets with Wi-Fi internet connection and highly modernized Audio-Visual equipments with tele-conferencing facility. Special arrangements have also been made for the physically challenged persons to access the library.

The library has introduced computerized facilities for both housekeeping as well as information retrieval.

Since we have now a broad band width leased line connection to the internet it is possible to have easy access to information directly from all available computerized data bases all over the world, not only in the field of law but also in other disciplines. Keeping in mind the vision to create an Elaw School, the University subscribes to many international online databases.


1. To serve the academic community for the furtherance of the academic activities of NLSIU.
2. To provide an effective information service
3. To make available modern equipments for effective teaching, learning, research, acquisition of additional Knowledge etc.,
4. To computerize legal information, storage, retrieval and dissemination and ;
5. To make available information from various other libraries in and around Bangalore, through a planned resource sharing programme.

Physical Layout

The library has been spread into three floors. A Ground Floor, First Floor and Second Floor

The Ground Floor Contains :

  • All Back volumes of Journals and Reporters are housed here.
  • The current Journals / Reports which are being subscribed in the library are displayed.
  • A big reading hall
  • Documentation Center
  • There are six rooms which are being used exclusively for the purpose of moot activities

The First Floor Has :

  • An entrance to the library
  • Property counter
  • 6 computers for OPAC / Cd-Rom database search
  • Books Issue / Return Coiunter

All Centers collection like :
– 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.

  • Big reading hall

The Second Floor has:

  • Text books and other reference books are housed here.
  • Two computers are placed here for the purpose of using OPAC and CD-Rom databases.
  • A Big Reading Hall
  • A Photocopier

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, centers materials can’t be borrowed, and it’s 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 Etc.,

Library Statistics

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

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

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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