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e-Granthalaya is a library automation software from National Informatics Centre, Department of Electronics & Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India. The software has been designed by a team of experts from software as well as Library and Information Science discipline. Using this software the libraries can automate in-house activities as well as user services. The software can be implemented either in stand-alone/client-server mode or on remote web server where database and e-Granthalaya Application are installed on the server PC. Thus, the software provides LOCAL/LAN/WAN based data entry solutions for a cluster of libraries where a centralized database can be created with Union Catalog output. The software provides built-in Web OPAC interface to publish the library catalog over Internet/Intranet. The software is  UNICODE Compliant ,thus, supports data entry in local language. Latest version of e-Granthalaya i.e. Ver.4.0 is a 'Cloud Ready Application' and provides a Web-based solution with enterprise mode with a centralized database for cluster of libraries. e-Granthalaya 4.0 uses PostgreSQL - an Open Source DBMS as well as Free Edition of MS SQL Server (any version) as back-end database solutions. e-Granthalaya 4.0 is made availab in NIC national cloud for Government libraries on request basis where free hosting is provided.


e-Granthalaya was started as an in-house project at 'Karnataka State Centre of NIC,Bangalore' and first version of the software was designed for the Public Libraries in the State. Later, NIC HQs 'Library and Informatics Services Division' took over the designing of the software where library professionals were involved in the designing process and, thus, improved the software with enhanced user interface and simplify the work-flow of library functions so that it can suit to all kinds of libraries. Following table shows the release of various versions of the software:

Technology/Platform used




Visual Basic 6/ASP/HTML 1.0


MS SQL Server 7
Visual Basic 6/ASP/HTML 2.0 2005 MS SQL Server 2000
VB.NET/ASP.NET 2.0 3.0 2007 MS SQL Server 2005
ASP.NET 4.0/AJAX/SilverLight

(*Under Audit)

4.0 2015 MS SQL Server/PostGreSQL

System Requirements (for Ver.3.0)

For Stand-Alone Mode (All the Components to be installed on a Single PC):

    Hardware: P IV or above with backup device, Min 2 GB RAM, 40GB HDD

    OS: Windows 7/8/later

    DBMS: Postgres 9.3 / Free Edition of MS SQL Server 2005/2008/R2/2012/later

    Connectivity: LAN/Internet Connectivity

For Clietn-Server Mode:

    Server PC:

    Hardware: A Server Pc with Min 4GB RAM, 80GB HDD

    OS: Windows Client OS (Win 7/8/later) or Windows Server 2008/R2/2012/later (Standard Edition)

    RDBMS: Postgres 9.3. / MS SQL Server 2005/2008/R2/2012/later (Free / Express Edition)  

    Connectivity: LAN/Internet Connectivity

    BarCode Printer (Any Model/Make) with Barcode Reader


Software Components

e-Granthalaya 3.0 contains following components, some of these are installed in the Server PC while rest of these are installed in the Client PCs:


1. Database  - on Server PC

2. e-Granthalaya 4.0 - on Server PC

3. Accessed using any web Browser


Distribution Policy

The software is provided at zero cost to the Government and Government Funded Organizations. The support is given by email/phone/vc/remote access, etc.  The on-site training, Data Entry, Maintenance, Migration, and dedicated support, etc are provided on Payment basis by the NICSI Emapnelment Agency. Government Libraries Hosting may also be done in NIC National Cloud as per NIC hosting policy.


How to get the Software


The e-Granthalaya software can be get from any District/State Centres of NIC or from NIC Hqs, New Delhi by sending one official letter on letter head duly signed by Authority along with duly filled request form. The Request Form can be downloaded from here...



  • Uses PostgreSQL - an Open Source DBMS as well as free edition of MS SQL Server (Any version), runs on Windows Platform (Win 7/8/later, Server 2008/2012/later)

  • Provides Local/LAN/WAN based Data Entry Solution

  • UNICODE Compliant, supports data entry in local language

  • Module - Wise Permission to the software Users

  • Work-flow as per Indian Libraries

  • Retro-Conversion as well as Full Cataloging Modes of Data Entry

  • Authority  Files/ Master tables for Authors, Publishers, Subjects, etc

  • Multi-Vol, Multi-Copy and Child-Parent Relationship pattern

  • Download Catalog Records from Internet

  • Z39.50 Client Search Built-in

  • Exhaustive Reports for Print

  • Export Records in CSV/Text File/MARC 21/MARC XML/ISO:2709/MS ACCESS/EXCEL formats

  • Merger databases of eG3 into Single Database

  • Common/Centralized Database for All libraries under One Organization, minimize data entry

  • Main/Branch Libraries Acquisition/Cataloging

  • Print Accession Register

  • Search Module built-in with basic/advance/boolean parameters

  • Library Statistics Reports

  • CAS/SDI Services and Documentation Bulletin

  • Updated Regulalry with enhanced Features

  • Compact/Summary/Detailed Reports Option

  • Generate Bibliography in AACR2

  • Data Entry Statistics Built-In

  • Full Text News Clipping Services Built-in

  • Digital Library integration with uploading / downloading of pdf/html/Tiff, etc documents

  • Micro-Documents Manger (Articles/Chapter Indexing)

  • SERIALS Control System for Subscription with Auto-Generate Schedule

  • Budget Modules with Bill Register Generation, manages Multi-Budget Head

  • Import Data from any structured Source (MARC21/EXCEL)

  • Well exhaustive Web Based OPAC Interface with separate Membership module

  • Multi-copies of Accession No can be accessioned in bulk with single click with Auto-Accession Number.

  • Manages e-Books with digital files in pdf or other formats, provides facilities of e-Book Viewer.

  • Photo Gallery available for uploading photo and pictures of the organizations - published on the Library Web site.

  • Manages Meta data for Non-Book Materialas also.  Includes database fields for Legal documents thus equally suitable to Law Libraries also.


Rolling Out Services


NIC has empanelled agencies under National Informatics Centre Services Inc (NICSI) - a Section 25 company under National Informatics Centre, DeITY, MCIT, Government of India. These agencies are selected based on Tender and empanelled for Rolling Out various Services of e-Granthalaya Software. These services includes Implementation of e-Granthalaya Software, on-site training, data entry, data migration and support services, etc The rates and Terms & conditions are listed in the pdf documents here.. 

Any Government organization who wish to avail rolling out services from NICSI for e-Granthalaya software may need to contact NICSI and request them to send 'Perform Invoice PI)' in your name. Request for PI may be sent to nicsi-pi@nic.in.  Payment has to be made to NICSI Only and not to the empanelled agency and then NICSI will release work order in favour of one Agency of your choice. Agency will do the job and will get completion certificate from users for getting payment from NICSI. e-Granthalaya team will provide technical support for software.

1. M/s/ Total IT Solutions Pvt Ltd, WZ 248, Plot No.7, Inder Puri, New Delhi-12. Ph. 011-25836316. Contact: Ms Puja Mitra (09350277031). puja@totalit.com 

NICSI may be contacted for getting Proforam Invoice: http://www.nicsi.nic.in Email: pi-nicsi@nic.in

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