Railway Training Institute has been in existence since 1956 when it was first opened. The Library has also been in existence for that long. The Institute library services are stocking of audio-Visio equipment, textbooks, journals, newspapers among others.
The library acquired its name “Desai Memorial Library” after it benefited from the donation of books and ICT equipment from the Desai Memorial Foundation way back in 1996. The sitting capacity currently is 200 people.
Collection & Services
The library has grown from a few reference books to 20,000 volumes including journals. In addition to printed materials, library holds an extensive range of information on other media. This includes CD ROM, Video tapes, Slides and Microforms which form the essential resources to support the teaching, learning and research activities. It has extensive subject collections to support both recommended and background reading as well as daily newspapers.
The library is divided into three (3) main sections. Books that are in constant demand are kept in a separate short loan collection for overnight borrowing. The reference section is stocked with rare material like the Dictionaries, Maps and Charts etc. Long loan section comprises a variety of textbooks for all the departments in the Institute. The book classification used is in accordance to the Dewey Decimal Classification System.
The reading space is quite convenient with individual quiet study spaces. Most books in the library are on open access and can be borrowed for one (1) weeks at a time, subject to recall when required by other readers.
Library orientation is normally conducted for new students/users to introduce them to the services provided. Staffs are always available to give expert advice and help with information and research skills.
The library has a module which is anchored to the Institute’s Enterprise Resource Planning system (ERP). The library users are require to only carry their smart cards and then the borrowing or return of the books can be effected. Automation of the services is in progress in order to serve the users better.
There is a plan to expand the library since student population has grown tremendously. Information services are at the heart of the teaching, learning and research. Plans are underway to enable users to access inter-library lending which enables information seekers to obtain items not held in our own library through the e-library networking.
Monday – Friday: 9.30am – 8.00pm
The Library is open throughout lunch hours.
Week-ends: 9.00am – 1.00pm
The library remains closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.