The Gandhi Smriti Library

The Gandhi Smriti Library is one of the India's largest libraries devoted entirely to rare books and manuscripts and has Gyanlok Collections repository for literary archives, early manuscripts, and rare books. The Gyanlok Collections of about 29000 rare books were purchased from Mr. P.K. Jain, Dehradun, out of which some of the old and rare books were digitized. GSL has developed and designed a Archival Portal, which is meant for disseminating the knowledge of economic, social religious, philosophical, cultural and political history of India and of important national and international areas for academic purpose. This portal covers histories of exploration, navigation, science, technology and even medicine. An inter-disciplinary and intergraded approach has been the main guiding factor in choosing the individual book and in assessing authenticity and scholarly value of the contents. Old Gazetteers, manuals, Guide-books yearly reference works, census material (dating as early as 1889), official reports, reserve bank surveys and Reports, Administrative reports and histories, constitutional and parliamentary papers and compilation in book form of day-to day events, does from an important part of its collection. The Digital collections are used to create new paradigm by academicians. GSL Digital Collections is the primary source for digitized archival materials. GSL Digital Collections currently features over 7000 digitized items of rare books began from 19th Century. This material is freely accessible for browsing, searching, and downloading low- or high-resolution copies. While it is the goal of the Archives to migrate all of its digital content to GSL Digital Collections, currently digitized material can also be located in several other systems and locations within the campus of LBSNAA, Mussoorie.