The word Library has been derived from the Latin word “Libraria” which means a place where books and other reading materials are stored. According to the Oxford English Dictionary “Library is a building, room or set of rooms, containing a collection of books for the use for the public or of some particular portion of it, or of the members of some society, or the like; a public institution or establishment, charged with the care of a collection of books, and the duty of rendering the books accessible to those who required to use them”‘.

The above definition of library has undergone a significant change with the changing times, civilization and culture. The modem definition of a library is a place, where documents containing knowledge and information are stored technically and scientifically processed, properly preserved and made easily available to the users when warranted without loss of time. The library is also sometimes referred to as the “memory of human race”.