University Library is one of the oldest Institutions of Jamia Hamdard. It was established in 1960 with a small beginning as a library attached to Hamdard Dawakhana(Wakf). The Library was moved to new campus of the erstwhile Institute of History of Medicine and Medical Research. The Library of Indian Institute of Islamic Studies was shifted in 1977. After the establishment of Hamdard University in 1989, all collections were merged to constitute the Central Library of the university.
Jamia Hamdard Library system consists of Central Library and six faculty libraries. The Central Library of the university was named as Hakim Mohammed Said Central Library in 1992 after the name of younger brother of the founder Late Hakeem Abdul Hameed Saheb. Since then, the library has been acquiring quite a large number of resources in conventional and non-conventional forms.
The library has more than 1.75 lakhs items including 30,000 rare books,18,500 back sets of journals. Library subscribes to foreign and Indian journals. It has acquired quite a large number of CDs, micro-films, micro-fiche and more than 4000 manuscripts in Urdu, Arabic and Persian languages.
The Library system has been automated and networked. It has installed computer terminals on all the floors of the Central Library. All the teaching and non-teaching staff, and students of the university are issued barcoded membership cards. They are now borrowing/returning books on automated mode. For accessing Online Public Access Catalogue(OPAC) computer terminals have been installed on all the floors. Students are using this facility and are being benefitted immensely.
Three faculty libraries: F/o Science Library, F/o Pharmacy Library and F/o Nursing Library, are automated. Students are provided barcoded membership cards and they can borrow books from their faculty libraries and central library.
Over and above, user communities are being served by following facilities: Xerox facility, CDROM databases(MEDLINE and TOXLINE) search facility, consultation of manuscripts,etc.
This library is very rich in oriental collections on different languages including Urdu, Arabic, Persian, etc. Computerization of all the Urdu, Arabic and Persian books has been completed by using UNICODE interface module of LIBSYS package and linked with the English Book database, Journal database, Thesis/Dissertation database and database of CDs on many subjects of interests. Any user from any part of the world may access the databases by visiting the university Web sites: