Documentation center

Documentation center
Genesis of the Library and Documentation Center
The genesis of the library/documentation center dates back to the year 1985, when a team of scholars from the Illinois University, working in the area of Women in Development, had come to the M.S. University of Baroda for establishing a collaborative project. That was the first attempt at collecting reference material on women in this part of India. This was followed by a number of activities that generated the awareness amongst a group of scholars from the M.S. University of Baroda to set up a resource center for the study of women in Baroda. The group worked towards building a center with the aid of the University Grants Commission (UGC). It was established as a resource center for people working in the areas associated with women’s studies. Today, the library/documentation center is an integral institution of WSRC.
Goals and Objectives of the Library andDocumentation Center
Following are the goals and objectives of library/documentation center:
  • Strengthen the existing library/documentation center;
  • Document all the activities undertaken by WSRC;
  • Promote gender sensitization and qualitative research work in gender;
  • Reach out to a wide spectrum of users in Gujarat and rest of the country;
  • Develop and enrich the documentation area through collection building and computerization of the entire resources;
  • Work as a resource centre by collecting and disseminating information based on latest research programs, policies of local, state, national and international level;
  • Establish linkages with other women’s studies centers and social science libraries;
  • Act as a referral center;
  • Continue publishing the newsletter WSRC Communiqué focusing on the interdisciplinary nature of gender.
Library Resources
The WSRC Library/Documentation Center is one of the well equipped libraries on gender studies in Gujarat. The library presently houses -
  1. Books
  2. Periodicals and Journals
  3. Bibliographies
  4. Reports, Monographs, and Dossiers
  5. Rare Books and References
  6. Newspaper Clippings
  7. Documentary Films
  8. Posters on Gender Issues
Subject Specialization
The library/documentation center has materials catering to various inter disciplinary subjects authored by well-known authors and publishers. The major themes are:
  • Qualitative and gender research
  • Research methodologies
  • Sociology and anthropology
  • Women and religion
  • Sociology of women
  • Women and gender studies
  • Women and empowerment
  • Feminism and sexualities
  • Women’s movements
  • Women and politics
  • Women and economics
  • Women and law
  • Women and violence
  • Women and education
  • Women and health
  • Women and literature
Library Services
The library/documentation center provides the following services:
  • Reading facilities on the premises
  • Home lending services
  • Reference services
  • Bibliographic services
The library/documentation center is an open access library and provides services to under graduate, post graduate students, research scholars and faculty members of M.S.University of Baroda. Besides, the library also caters to scholars and visiting fellows from different universities.
The membership of the library/documentation center is free of charge.
It is open on all days (except Sundays and Govt. holidays) from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm.