Primary objective of the library is to serve to the needs of our Faculty, Research scholars, students and members of the library.  It acts as a centre for study and research for the inmates of the college giving way to integral department of users.  Being an autonomous college the Library attracts outside users on deposit and non-deposit basis for academic and professional purpose.


From 1923-1033, the Holy Cross College was only a junior college.  It was only from the beginning of the thirties that degree courses were begun.   When Holy Cross College was started in 1923 the high school library, well equipped then with books of knowledge, Encyclopedias in volumes.  Biographies of eminent personalities shaped students and staff life.  There were reference books too for the use of the teachers.  There was almost every essential thing.  And the librarian till 1935 was the late Sr. Julie,  A French Sister fluent  in English.  By the beginning of 1933 the ground floor of the College was ready and College classes were shifted from the school from the school to the newly constructed College buildings.  Side by side the library started functioning.  Almost two-thirds of the books of the school library were donated to the college.  The initial expenditure on the library in the early years was just above `.1,000 per year.In June 1942 Sister Aurelia took charge of the library.  There was no department library at that time.  All the books were stacked in the same

The classification that was then was the colon classification system.  There were not many rules and regulations regarding issue and return of books, as the number of students were limited.  The books were issued daily to the staff and students as per their requirements.

In 1944-45 because of war time restrictions, such additions as would have been possible in normal times could not be provided.  Yet the standard of the library was maintained.  As the College began to grow, the University wanted a qualified librarian.  Hence Sr. Aurelia attended a course for librarianship in 1950 and nominated as the first Indian Regional Superior of the Sisters of the Cross, Tirchy

Sr. Virgina succeeded Sister Aurelia as the librarian.  Books were purchased regardless of the cost and arranged according to language and subjects.   In 1957-58, the total number of volumes in the library was 12,000, which increased to 12,500 in 1959-60.  In addition to books, weeklies, leading newspapers and magazines were also available.  Sr. Virgina was transferred to Nagercoil in 1965 when our sister college was started Sr. Jositta, succeeded Sr. Virginia.  In Sr.Jositta’s period  of service, the library was expanded in 1966 and it now occupies the entire ground floor in the Arts block.   We have department libraries in the Economics, Literature, Zoology and Botany Department.  The books and magazines were there for the use of the staff and P.G. Students.  In 1967-68, the number of books were 16,000 volumes, in 1969-70 it was about 19,000 volumes.  The open access system was followed from 1975-76, and after the introduction of the semester system, the library became the favorite haunt of students especially for the students of literature.

In 1977 before the flood, there were 33,000 books.  Of these 22,000 were lost in the floods.  Many of these were very valuable and a few were out of print.  The Tamilnadu  Government and public libraries came to the assistance of the college and about 20,000 books were replaced.  However many books still contain traces of the damage suffered during the flood.  The total estimate of loss was `.7,25,000.  Of late under the care of Sr.  Jositta, the Library has been further expanded to include a section upstairs, which is stacked with books.  Library is a growing organism.  At present, Sr. Saghayamary Arokiasamy who chairs the library and Sr. Mercy too administers the functioning of the library.  In their period, the library staff increased to 13 in number, both.  Day and Evening College.  The staff were updated to graduation to be computer literate.  There are seven computers on LAN, and the stack and its functions are computerised.  The average usage per day increased to 462.  The collection to 105830 in 2012-2013.  The department libraries are at function now.


The library aims at being a Resource Centre, a social institution a force for educational excellence by providing and Non-book materials, to promote good values, genuine human relationships, social consciousness, leadership capacities, and academic excellence in research and in teaching.


  • It is obligatory on all students of the college to be members of the library and reading room.
  • Perfect order and silence should be maintained in the library.
  • Students have the privilege of direct access to the shelves in the stack room and reading room.  No one is allowed to bring any other textbook or article inside the  library.
  • Each member will be given two books at a time.  The books and their ID cards are not transferable.  Loss of the above should be intimated immediately to the  librarian.
  • A student can keep a book for a week.
  • It is only after obtaining a clearance certificate from the library, the hall ticket and transfer certificate will be issued.
  • No one is allowed to pass on any book to another or to lend them to anyone in/out side of the college.
  • The system registers every book issued and returned.
  • The textbooks will be issued to the economically poor students on payment of a nominal fee of `.10 per semester.  An application duly signed by the Head of the  Department should be submitted to the librarian.
  • At the end of each semester both the staff and students are expected to return all the books to the library.  In order to clear their due.   The library staff will examine the books returned.  If a book is damaged, lost or spoiled, all persons who borrowed one book, during the semester should replace it with a new copy.
  • Books should be handled with love and care.  Marking on books is most objectionable.  Students are strictly forbidden to tear or scribble on page of magazines and books.  Any students found doing this will be punished severely.
  • The post graduate departments such as Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Rehabilitation Science, English, Economics, Commerce, Bio technology have their Departments libraries which is attached to the main library.

Library Rules:

Perfect order and strict silence should be maintained in the library.  The library functions from 8.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. on all working days.  The library follows open access system.

Library Staff Profile :

  1. Sr. Kulanthaimary (Science in-charge)
  2. T. Lilly Rosy (Circulation section)
  3. L. Roseline Mary (Extension Officer)
  4. D. Marceline Deena (Circulation Section)
  5. A. Donitta Salominal (Arts in-charge)
  6. I. Elizabeth (Documentation Section)
  7. G. Josethina Mary (Periodical Section)
  8. S. Deepa (Checking Inspector)
  9. J. Jane Ida (Science Section)
  10. S. Anita (Programme Officer)

Admission to the Library :

All the students and staff of the college are the members of the library.  No one is allowed to bring any other book / article inside the library.  The under graduate students can keep a book for 8 days, the post graduate students can keep it for 15 days and the staff are permitted to have it for a semester.  If one fails to return the book on time, she / he will have to pay a fine of `.1.00per day per book.

Clearance Certificate :

It is only after obtaining clearance certificate from the library, that the hall ticket and transfer certificate will be issued.  At the end of each semester, both the staff and the students are expected to return all the books to the library.  The damaged book has to be replaced with a new copy by the borrower.  Books should be handled with care; marking on books is most objectionable.  Students are strictly forbidden to tear or scribble on pages of magazines / books.  Any one found doing so, will be punished.

Special Schemes :

Part time Voluntary Service

Loan Book Scheme
Rockcity Free Books

Additional Services:

OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue), Reprographic service, Routing of periodicals, Online subscribed e-journals, issue of books for Competitive Examinations – issue of books in summer for research oriented activities.

Department Libraries :

The general library has libraries in the following departments too : Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Rehabilitation Science, English, Economics, Commerce, Tamil, Hindi and French.

Library ethics:

1.Five laws of Library Science according to Dr. Ranganathan.

I)         Books are for use.

II).         Every reader his / her book

III).         Every book its reader

IV)        Save the time of the reader

V)        Library is a growing organism.

2. Library serves as a “Foundation of Truth” as it is a repository of window of great thinkers of the past and present.

3. Access to the Best thought of the world.

4.Market place of ideas called “Intellectual Service Stations”.

5.Service to the humanity with the motto of “Service Before Self”.

6.Constructive use of leisure time to develop to nourish personality.

7.Creating reading habit among the users and non-users.

8.To provide and promote self-education.

9.To protect, to promote, to propagate the available books / information.

10.“Library nurtures love of Humanity”, in its approach.

11.Knowledgeable enough to feed the users’ quest for knowledge

Place of Library in Education :

a.Teacher’s task is to impart format education.  Librarian’s concern is to impart self-learning.

b.Aims of Self-learning

v   Character Building

Training their faculties.
Keeping to the forefront the culture and civilization of ancestors by training their mind and refinding their habits and actions by taking resort to the literary, cultural and artistic programmes.
To promote the realization of one’s best self.

c.Library as an aid to learning.

Place of Library in Higher Education :

A university to achieve its aims takes the help of library.  The role of the higher education library is as follows :

  • Conservation of knowledge and ideas
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Publication
  • Extension Service
  • Interpretation

Ethics of Librarianship:

A library professional owes certain obligations to the library’s public and its books, the library professional organization and to himself / herself.

  1. The five laws of library science is the Cardinal principles to be observed.
  2. Duty to the readers providing what they need.
  3. Duty of the books : To preserve, to promote and to generate knowledge.
  4. Duty to the profession.Professional relationship / customs / functions / organizations to be maintained.
  5. Duty to himself / herself.Impersonal book selection
  • Service before self
  • Active mind
  • Sympathetic behavior
  • Industry
  • Scholar
  • Tact


  • Library Orientation: Every reader is motivated to use the library.  The regulation are familiarized to them.
  • Periodical Section: 177 current periodicals are subscribed every year.   A few periodicals are purchased through vendors and others are subscribed.  A few foreign periodicals are received through Indian agents for foreign periodicals.
  • Circulation Work: It is carried out daily except Sundays and government holidays.
  • Reference Service  is being carried out in all the working hours of the library.
  • Loan Library is availed to the economically poor students.
  • Inter Library Loan is encouraged within the colleges which are affiliated to Bharathidasan University.
  • Rock City Association offer books to 300 economically poor students annually.
  • Indexing Service: Indexing is being done on request specially for research purposes.


Students are given a chance to work as a part time staff in the library.  It exposes them to the functioning  of the library and they gain knowledge and a certificate too.


Online Public Access Catalogue provide ‘Searching’ facility to staff and students.


Staff for a period work in our library to given working experience.


Students  and staff who are allowed to use the current and back volumes of the magazines and some rare books for ‘overnight issue’.  They take them after 6.00 p.m. and return them at 8.00 am the next day.


All the students are allowed to use the reading hall, which comprises of good news magazines Encyclopaedias and other reference tools.


A separate collection of the back volumes of the magazines and the newspapers are maintained for writing assignments, research and study.



  • The selected books using catalogue are brought on approval basis in the name of exhibition, the   final selection is made after browsing through each book.
  • Students as well as staff make the selection.
  • The librarian and the library staff finalises the selection and the payment is made within a month.Whenever good books are found the lectures are allowed to purchase it for the library, and the students are allowed to make them available on proposal.
  • The suggestion and recommendation of the esteemed guest, advisory board, UGC curriculum development cost recommendation are taken into consideration.


The library is functions from 8.00 am to 6.30pm daily except on Sundays and government holidays.

  • Borrowing of Books: Before and After the class hours on all days except holidays
  • Open Access System allows the students to use any part of the library, journals and periodicals all the time.  Their identification card is needed to use the library.
  • Reference service: Library is open from 8.30am to 6.30pm for reference.
  • Library is opened during summer vocation too.
  • The library hours are maintained with the supervision of the concerned staff.