Who are we?
From our humble beginning in 1786 as the Madras Observatory, the library traces
its origin as the oldest Astronomy library in India. Officially the library was
set up in 1899 at Kodaikanal, and later most of the collections were moved to
Bangalore. Since then, our services have been dedicated entirely to this premium
institute's Astronomy and Astrophysics users and have proved to be one of
India's best research libraries. The services and resources that we hold are the
bedrock on which the scientific community of IIA builds its high standard of
learning, teaching, and research. The benefits are readily accessible by the
user to complete collections of print and online astronomy resources. With
20400+ volumes of books and approximately 2500+ active serial titles, the
collection's breadth is exceptional. The collection's particular strengths
include materials on observational astronomy and theoretical physics and
astrophysics, and back volumes of many-core journals from Vol. 1.
We are on the road to digitization, keeping the traditional resources available for the users' sake. We combine conventional roles with an ongoing commitment to transforming the library services to aid the institute in achieving its objectives. Our library community takes pride in the services we provide and the initiatives that are yet to be checked in the future roadmap for our valued users. You can consider the IIA library as an indispensable embellishment that acts as a trinity between the library resources, users, and the staff working for the prestigious institution.
Support scholarly production by proactively reaching our IIA user community and incorporating strong library ethics through high quality library services.
Envision astronomical research growth and development through scholarly community eyes by effective information collection, storage, retrieval, and dissemination.