Knowledge Resource Centre

The University of Mumbai (Bombay) was established in 1857. The Rajabai Tower Library was opened to the readers in February 1880. Due to shortage of space another Campus of the University was set up at Kalina, Santacruz. Jawaharlal Nehru Library was constructed and was inaugurated on 18th October, 1976. Jawaharlal Nehru Library (JNL) at Vidyanagari is built on modern architectural principles of modular construction The collection here is divided into social sciences; pure and applied sciences and humanities. Separate stacking and reading rooms for these collections facilitate easy access.

At present the total collection of library is approximately 7, 92,000 and it also has rich collection of manuscripts, rare books, journals and artefacts. It is also enriched by personal collections donated by renowned individuals.

Unique Heritage Building

In August, 1864, Premchand Roychand, provided a donation of Rs. 2,00,000 towards the erection of a Clock tower and Library which was named after his mother Rajabai. Rising to a height of 280 feet it catches the eyes of visitors as one of the most attractive architectural features of Mumbai. The ground floor has 2 side rooms, each measuring 56 feet x 27.5 feet and a staircase vestibule 28 feet square. The Rajabai Tower forms a carriage porch 26 square feet in front of the building. The Tower, over the carriage porch, has a square form up to the gallery at the top of the first stage which is at a height of 68 feet from the ground The form changes from a square to an octagon and the height from this gallery to the top of the tower is 118 feet and the third stage to the top of the final is 94 feet, thus making a total height of 280 feet.

Above the first gallery in niches cut in the pillars at the corners of the octagon are carved stone figures representing different races and costumes of Western India and higher still are figures representing the communities of Bombay State including the Parsi, Memon, Gujarati, Maratha and Kathiawari communities. It is said that during the construction of the building which took nearly 10 years, not a single accident occurred despite the hazardous heights. The building is not only a master piece in its aesthetic sense but has achieved iconic heritage status in the eyes of the world.

A Library Building Stained Glass restoration Project (1997-1999) was undertaken by the British Council Division and the University of Mumbai. This project was awarded the UNESCO Asia Pacific Honorable mention 2001

The Rajabai Tower and Library Building was awarded UNESCO Asia Pacific Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation in 2019

KRC is using SOUL 2.0 Integrated Library Management Software for automating the different functions of library.


Vision of KRC

“To be a Centre of Excellence in Creation, Conservation and Dissemination of Information and to strengthen its faculty and student community by adopting innovative strategies, thus contributing meaningfully to the development of the University and hence to society and the country as a whole.”

Mission of KRC

  • To make the Knowledge Resource Centre a Centre of Excellence for Teaching, Research and Extension activities.
  • To strengthen the resources through Open Archive initiative movement for e-learning.
  • To train and create human resources for Change Management

KRC has in its collection different print resources like books, journals, bound volumes and theses, in addition to rare resources.

Types Total
Books   7,92,018
Reference 11,668
Current Journals
      Indian 172
      Foreign   415
Back Volumes of Journals   77,292
e- Resources
  CDs/DVDs 2257
 Databases 30
Online Journals 10,000+
Theses 21,672
Manuscripts 9900


Special Collections at KRC

The library possesses more than 1,190 manuscripts in Arabic, Persian and Urdu and about 7,500 in Sanskrit and allied languages.


A descriptive catalogue of the Arabic, Persian and Urdu manuscripts in the library compiled by Khan Bahadur Abdul Kadir-e-Sarfaraz was published in 1935. This collection contains manuscripts on the Islamic theology, logic metaphysics, Sufism, history, biography, literature, lexicography, astrology and astronomy, medicine, archery, falconry, Dakhni language and Zoroastrianism. There are also translations of Sanskrit works.

The second collection of the Arabic, Persian and Urdu manuscripts. which contains some valuable manuscripts in Dakhni Urdu belonged to the Late Maulvi Muhammad Yusuf Khatkhatay of Bombay. This collection was brought to the notice of the University by Professor A. A. A. Fyzee and it was purchased for the library from the heirs of the late Maulvi Saheb.

A valuable collection of 160 Arabic manuscripts. was donated by Professor Fyzee in 1962. These deal with law, history, theology and philosophy of Mustalian Ismailis, popularly known as Daudi and Sulaymani Bohras. This collection has a special significance because it makes available to scholars and research workers material which was deemed to be highly secret and not allowed to be in the hands of non-sectarians. Some of the unique items in this collection are :
“Kitabul Islam” and Alamun-nubuwa”, two important works of the first Ismaili author, Abu Hatik ar-Razi; most of the works of Fatimid period; some of the works of Mu’ayyad fid-din ash-Shirazi, another famous writer of the Fatimid period. A descriptive catalogue of this collection compiled by Professor Muizz Goriawala was published in 1965.

Over the years the Library has acquired many prominent special collections e.g.

  1. Diaries, Personal Records of old Bombay families – Sir Jamshedjee Jeejeebhoy the first Baronet ranging from 1826-1876 and Serene Maneckjee Cursetjee (1857-1939).
  2. Newspaper clippings mostly in Marathi from Ashana Irabatti collection.
  3. Lokhitawadi Collection – 12,000 books and back volumes of journals in Marathi, English, Hindi.
  4. Art collections: Books on art Presented by Ms.P.F. Pavari.
  5. Letters – 342 letters of lokhitawadi presented by Dr. Indumati Parikh.
  6. Manuscripts- 7500 Sanskrit manuscripts, 1376 Persian, Urdu and Arabic manuscripts (Fyzee,Khatkhate, Hamadani Collections).

People have also donated their entire collections to the University.

  1. Bharat Ratna Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Collection – Books, Newspapers, letters.
  2. A.K. Priolkar Collection : Sanskrit, Marathi, English and Portuguese books.
  3. Patkar Collection – Law books.
  4. Mahamahopadhyaya Dr. P. V. Kane Collection – Books on Law, Sanskrit.
  5. Collection of material on Mumbai (Bombay)-Special collection of rare books on the city.
  6. Dr. Aroon Tikekar collection on varied subjects

E-Resources Subscribed by the Knowledge Resource Centre 

EBSCO Discovery 

(Single search window to access all the e-resources, subscribed by KRC, University of Mumbai)


Remote Access

(Access to E-resources remotely)

1700+ Springer Journals Collection Bentham Science Brill Cambridge University Collection of 201 Journals
CMIE Capex CMIE Economic Outlook CMIE States of India Derwent Innovation
EPW (Economic and Political Weekly) EPWRF India Time Series Elsevier Science Direct Subject Collection Emerald University Collection of 312 Journals
IEEE Xplore Digital Library IOP Science Collection IndiaStat JSTOR
Lexis Advance Manupatra Nature Journal Oxford University Collection of 262 Journals
Project Muse


ProQuest ProQuest Library and Information Science Abstract (LISA) Prowess IQ
SAGE SAGE media and Communication SAGE politics and International Relations SAGE Psychology
SAGE Urban Studies and Planning Scientific American Online SpringerLink Taylor & Francis University Collection of 1076 Journals
Wiley University Collection of 908 Journals SugamyaPustakalay



MathSciNet SciFinder Scopus Web of Science


Anti-Plagiarism Software 

URKUND (Ouriginal) Turnitin



Elsevier E-books Institute of Physics E-books Springer E-books Taylor and Francis E-books


 Useful Websites/E-Resources 

The National Archives of India Depository DOAB (Directory of open access Books) DOAJ (Directory of open access journal) E-gyankosh
SWAYAM IDOL(Institute of Distance and Open Learning, MU) ILO STAT (International Labour Organization) Indian Academy of Science Journals
E-PG Pathshala Khan Academy Lokrajya Maharashtra Rajya Sahitya ani Sanskruti Mandal
Indian Culture Marathi Vidnyan Parishad Patrika Marathi Vishwakosh Mumbai city
Marathi Paribhasha Kosh NDLTD (Global electronic Thesis/Dissertation) NISCAIR Journals NPTEL
National Digital Library of India Open learn Project Gutenberg SadhanaSaptahik
Open Knowledge Repository World Bank Spoken Tutorial Swayamprabha TED
Shodhganga Virtual Lab Web Development Vidwan
  • Lending Service
  • Interlibrary Loan Service
  • Reprographic Service
  • Contents Pages Service
  • Special Issue Alert
  • Access to Online Databases
  • Remote Access
  • Orientation Programmes /Information Literacy
  • Plagiarism Checking

Knowledge Resource Centre has two Anti-plagiarism software, Drillbit and Turnitin. Faculty members of the university departments and authorized university department guides have to send an email ( )  to the Director, KRC, University of Mumbai or in person.

  • Faculty members have to state their Name, Designation, Department/Organization, Department/Organization mail. Link for the activation will be provided through mail.
  • After receiving the mail, it is mandatory to activate the account within 48 hours.
  • For further steps to activate the Turnitin ID, follow the guideline outlined in the
  • Follow the guideline outlined in the (User Manual)

Digital Preservation

KRC undertakes digitization of its rare resources as a part of its preservation initiative. In the year 2017, KRC received scanners under RUSA grant. It is in the process of developing a library of digitized resources. Details of documents scanned.

Type No. of Copies Pages/Folios Scanned
Theses uploaded on Shodhganga 11586
Rare Books Scanned 131 22967
Manuscripts Scanned 26 2800
University Calendars Scanned 17 8231
Dr.Nandkishor Ramrao Motewar

MLISc, M.Phil., NET (Lib. Sc)., Ph.D., PGDLAN., PGDLIM.

Ms. Chhaya G. Sayam,

M. Com., MLISc, NET(Lib. Sc), SET(Lib. Sc.), MBA(HR),,,

Assistant Librarian
Dr. Anjali S. Kale

B. Sc., MLISc, NET(Lib. Sc), P.h.D.(Lib. Sc), PGDILIT, MBA (HR),,

Assistant Librarian

Senior Professional Library Assistants

1. Shri. Deepak S. Gamare
2. Shri. Bandu K. Shrirame
3. Mrs. Meenakshi S. Barve
4. Ms. Varsha P. Deodhar

Junior Professional Library Assistants

1.      Mrs. Aparna N. Vaze 12.  Ms. Sujata B. Atram
2.      Ms. Neeta A. Kulkarni 13.  Mrs. Smita C. Patil
3.      Mrs. Aruna S. Iyer 14.  Mrs. Nalini A. Yadav
4.      Mrs. Vrushali S. Karulkar 15.  Mrs. Sukhada S. Thombre
5.      Mrs. Alka S. Kanetkar 16.  Ms. Chhaya G. Tondlekar
6.      Mrs. Neeraj V. Kumar 17.  Mrs. Jyoti V. Vaidya
7.      Mrs. Poonam P. Ambokar 18.  Shri Tridipkumar P. Shende
8.      Shri. Santosh D. Thombre 19.  Mrs. Aditi V. Amberkar
9.      Mrs. Ambili U. Thazhath 20.  Shri. Suryakant D. Nikam
10.  Mrs. Suchita P. Save 21.  Shri. Atin G. Girkar
11.  Mrs. Amruta A. Pitale

Library Attendants

12.  Shri.  Ramchandra R. More Qualified Attendant
13.  Shri Vinayak Y.  Sonavdekar Qualified Attendant
14.  Shri. Gajanan P. Kharat Qualified Attendant
15.  Shri. Shrikant S. Meghwale Qualified Attendant
16.  Mrs. Diksha P. Ghadigaonkar Qualified Attendant
17.  Mrs. Shruti S. Manjrekar Qualified Attendant
18.  Shri. Suhas S.  Warik Library Attendant
19.  Shri. Vijay S Pujare Library Attendant

Accounts Section and Office

Mrs. Aditi A. Chavan Assistant Accountant
Shri. Kunal G. Tayade Senior Account Clerk
Mrs. Kshama S. Raut Junior Typist Clerk

Support Staff.

1.      Shri. Harishchandra G. Warik Daftari
2.      Shri. Narayan D. Dongardive Hawaldar
3.      Shri  Umesh R. Sawant Hawaldar
4.      Shri. Janardan D.  Bhusare Peon
5.      Shri  Manohar A. Gorivale Peon
6.      Shri   Sanjay D.  Rajguru Peon
7.      Mrs. Ranjita N. Makwana Peon
8.      Shri. Sandip P. Mane Peon
9.      Shri. Sushil Y. Sawant Peon
10.  Shri   Keshav G.  Gosavi Hamal
11.  Shri.  Vilas K.  Pagare   Hamal
12.  Shri Vilas T Wagh  Hamal
13.  Shri Prakash V Jadhav Hamal
14.  Shri   Santosh K.  Bole Hamal
15.  Shri Sanjay K Bansode Hamal
Knowledge Resource Centre
Jawaharlal Nehru Library
University of Mumbai
Vidyanagari, Santacruz – East
Mumbai – 400 098
Ph. No.: 022-26528201, 26526679
Knowledge Resource Centre
Rajabai Tower Library
University of Mumbai
K. B. Patil Marg, Fort
Mumbai – 400 032
Ph. No.: 022-22673621