Vikram Sarabhai Library has added special facilities for the visually challenged users in order to assist them in accessing library resources.
The facilities include the KIBO XS, JAWS Talking Software, Keyboard and SARA CE Book Scanner.
Kibo XS is read printed-text across multiple Indian Languages in real-time through natural sounding voices. Kibo connect via Moblie App or Kibo web and experience immersive learning. It scan your document and instantly translate text to over 100+ languages. It also scan batch files, digitize, save/copy/share. Capture and Read option helps you capture photo and reads the document via audio across multiple languages.
JAWS (Job Access With Speech) converts your computer into a talking computer. It reads out all the matter that is on the computer's screen through your computer's speakers/ headphones, thus enabling a visually challenged person to use the computer independently and work on all MS Windows applications.
SARA CE, a Stand Alone Instant Text Reader is a scanning and reading device. It is a simple text reading machine for those who are not comfortable with computers but still need to read printed books and materials. All that the user needs to do is simply place the text on the unit and SARA CE instantly reads out the contents aloud in a clear Indian accent voice and even magnifies the text, object, diagram, picture to be viewed.
JAWS and SARA CE have been installed on the first two computers at the 1st floor near to RFID Kiosk in the library. Users can make use of the same and in case of any assistance, please contact the library staff.
For more information about the system please check the below link and videos:
I am talking from the Library at IIMA which is one of the central resources of this Institute. It's not just a central but one of the best maintained resources over here. I avail several services from library. One thing is for help in my research, most of the times I find most of the journal articles I need in the library. And when I could find someone I send out a mail, it's just a matter of hours before I get the article that I need so it's very prompt and very quick service that can be offered here. Then there is also one feature which I really like that no other library that have been part of does, one is they send out mail on Monday. Every Monday talking about the new books they have procured and this list is anywhere between 30 to 50 books so we get an idea about what are the books that are coming in and once you so I make sure I go through the PDF which has information of the book cover and some information of the book and then we can reserve it and come picking up later. So you get an idea about the books that are in the market which are current and also you get exposed to wide variety of topics at the same time. I really liked that service and I have not seen that anywhere else. Then apart from that this library is very open to its community members not just the people who are part of the institute but also the family members who are part of the faculty, members and students. So I have my family members who walks- in without any worries and then they can access the resources over here so the library is very open and is also very supportive to everybody who walks- in through its doors or sends them an email. So when you come to IIMA do make sure you visit the library.
"...Vikram Sarabhai Library is a very critical resource for the students as well as the faculty alike..." - (more)
Vikram Sarabhai Library primarily is a very critical resource for the students as well as the faculty alike. I as a faculty mainly use the library mostly for my research activities especially for the journal articles that I need to access. Most of the journal articles that I need for my research activities are generally available from the library. For very few cases where the journal articles are not subscribed by the library, I find the staff members very eager to procure them very promptly through the services like inter library loan facility. Apart from that, I often use the library facilities for reference books for the courses that I teach. In very few instances where the books that I am looking for are not available, the library is very prompt in procuring them for me. In particular, I would like to commend the very dedicated team of staff members who are supporting this library. For any paper that I need for my research, they are very prompt in procuring them from other sources if they are not available.
"...The best part of the library is you get what you want and that you get pretty quickly than you expected..." - (more)
I think the best part of this library is you get what you want and that you get quickly than you expected sometimes. Suppose if you are looking for a new book just send one line email and you get it quickly or may be in a three - four days' time and it's not just an information storehouse it's just the way the library shares the information across every stakeholders of the institute. Like for example, if a data is added they arrange a detailed seminar about the data, how to access the data at the same time they share if a new book is arrived and not only they keep on sharing the list of books but the contents of the book. Now it gives a feeling all the time to look around the message that we are receiving from the library and you really feel like at least in a day once you visit the library and this has happened not just because it is a reputed institute library. This is all possible because of a set of people who oversee it, they are extremely good, they are competent, they are always smiling, they are always there to help you out. You go and ask I want this they are ready to help you.
"...I think we have a wonderful library staff who are highly professional, they are highly courteous..." - (more)
Overall, I do not feel shy to say that we have one of the best libraries.
"..Vikram Sarabhai Library is one of the most conducive places for doing research.." - (more)
Mr. Aashish Argade
Mr. Aashish Argade, IIM Ahmedabad
The Vikram Sarabhai Library has a special place in the campus and in the life of students here. There are three important aspects or parameters for a library. Vikram Sarabhai Library is one of the most conducive places for doing research. Second is the regular library service. As far as my knowledge goes, the library has more than 2 Lakh titles and several copies of each of the titles so you never fall short of accessing or finding a certain book. The third most important and crucial aspect that links up the whole thing is the staff. The staff at Vikram Sarabhai Library is not just knowledgeable; they are very helpful and very cooperative. In terms of professionalism, I would definitely rate them at least 9.8 on 10 if not 10 on 10.
"..Vikram Sarabhai Library has something for everyone that is the best part of the library.." - (more)
Mr. Saneesh Edacherian
Mr. Saneesh Edacherian, IIM Ahmedabad
Vikram Sarabhai Library has something for everyone that is the best part of the library. The staff create a conducive environment for you to do research or gain knowledge. How innovative Vikram Sarabhai Library is, thinking ahead of time, the Library has bring in Kindle Lending because in the future it will be more about digital access, e-library so now itself the Vikram Sarabhai Library is moving towards digital lending.
"...everyone here enjoys reading using the many facilities that the VSL has for every generation..." - (more)
Harsh Vardhan Bisht
FABM , IIM Ahmedabad
Harsh Vardhan Bisht, FABM , IIM Ahmedabad
The best aspect of IIMA community is that everyone here enjoys reading using the many facilities that the VSL has for every generation. The staff is highly dedicated to operate VSL for 24x7. The absolute best thing is the online catalog and the option to hold a book thereafter. The latest books added to the shelf are also notified regularly keeping in mind the interest of the reader.
The IIMA community is lucky to have VSL.
"...kind of facilities Library provides really encourage students to come and read..." - (more)
ABM, IIM Ahmedabad
Naresh Kumar, ABM, IIM Ahmedabad
The kind of facilities Library provides really encourage students to come and read. I appreciate the initiatives like provision of putting a request to purchase any book, theme based display of books, the intimation of new arrivals and provision of finding books on basis of frequency of issuing. The whole library staff is very cordial. I really appreciate the Institute for extending such a facility.
"...IIMA library has been one of the best libraries I have ever visited..." - (more)
Mr. Anirudha Hulsurkar
PGP, IIM Ahmedabad
Mr. Anirudha Hulsurkar, PGP, IIM Ahmedabad
IIMA library has been one of the best libraries I have ever visited. For me, it was equivalent to another dwelling in addition to my room. I have spent more hours at the library than my room for various purposes academic and non-academic. The variety of books available to issue and flexibility to renew them without having to visit library makes it even better. The service that I utilized fully was the Kindle provided. The availability of Kindle Unlimited service helped me read numerous books and provide a welcome change in my daily routine.
"...Vikram Sarabhai Library is one of the unique and ..." - (more)
Mohammad Huzaifa Sabir
PGP, IIM Ahmedabad
Mohammad Huzaifa Sabir, PGP, IIM Ahmedabad
Vikram Sarabhai Library is one of the unique and great knowledge centers for the knowledge seeker. VSL provides the infrastructure, facility, and staff professionalism which help IIMA fraternity to receive quick service and prompt response.
"...Vikram Sarabhai Library is much more than a library for me..." - (more)
FPM, IIM Ahmedabad
Biswajita Parida, FPM, IIM Ahmedabad
VSL is one of the best libraries that I have visited so far. I have thoroughly enjoyed the silence zones in the library. Majority of my time on campus has been spent in the library. The simple reason being one is able to work with utmost efficiency at this place. This is also one of the most professionally run libraries that I have used. The staff is extremely cordial and prompt including the security guard. They implement suggestions in lightning fast speed. I have seen VSL evolve in unimaginable ways over these years. I also love to attend many of the events that are organized by VSL. Apart from the endless stacks of books, very useful set of database, e-books, archives etc., the library is a place offering various seating areas. VSL is much more than a library for me.
"...IIMA library feels like home, always eagerly wait for the new arrivals email, and add several books to..." - (more)
FPM, IIM Ahmedabad
Sukriti Sekhri, FPM, IIM Ahmedabad
Thank you to all VSL staff members for making the IIMA library feel like home. In the summer months when the campus was empty, you could find me sitting in the cool environs of the library every day, working on my research project, and feeling super productive due to this place's wonderful atmosphere. In the one year that I have been here, I must have put in umpteen research queries and requests for assistance, and the librarians have been extremely prompt in their guidance. It is wonderful that I can order new books that I find relevant and useful. It feels like I am able to add a little part of what appeals to me to the library's vast collection, that will someday be picked up and adored by another bibliophile! Every Monday, I eagerly wait for the 'new arrivals' email, and add several books to my wishlist or place them on hold. The 'hold' feature is so thoughtful--thank you to all the VSL staff members who went in search of books I had requested. The RemoteXS feature helps me stay on track with my assignments even when I am away from campus. Everything put together, this library makes me feel like someone is taking care of my learning and personal growth--both academic and otherwise. And for this I am extremely grateful :)
"... Wonderful ambiance, world-class resources (both digital and physical collection) and helpful staff..." - (more)
FPM, IIM Ahmedabad
Ganesh CB, FPM, IIM Ahmedabad
Vikram Sarabhai Library is my go-to place for reading, research, and discussions. Wonderful ambiance, world-class resources (both digital and physical collection) and helpful staff are the key highlights that set apart this library from any other library in the country.
"...Well equipped with resources and databases, the library stands out as an epitome of Business..." - (more)
FPM, IIM Ahmedabad
Yashaswy Akella, FPM, IIM Ahmedabad
Well equipped with resources and databases, the library stands out as an epitome of Business Knowledge in the world. The friendly staff and the propitious atmosphere is something that VSL possesses and is the backbone to the entire structure.
"...The kind of infrastructure, resources, databases that are provided in VSL encourages us to come and read..." - (more)
PGPX, IIM Ahmedabad
Kaushic Khanna, PGPX, IIM Ahmedabad
The kind of infrastructure, resources, databases that are provided in VSL encourages us to come and read at the Library. The whole library staff is very cordial.
"...Library has played a crucial role in aiding my learning at the institute and encourages collaborative learning with peers..." - (more)
PGP, IIM Ahmedabad
Hareesh S, PGP, IIM Ahmedabad
Vikram Sarabhai Library has played a crucial role in aiding my learning at the institute. The setup of the library encourages collaborative learning with peers, which is very important in a B-school.
Particularly, I am thankful to the support of the library staff, even during odd-hours. My requests to procure a specific book and subscribe to a database were promptly addressed. Guidance with the usage of the 3D printer is also commendable.
Since all of their services are digitized, it was very convenient for many of my batch-mates who lived on the other end of the campus. Especially, facilities like Holding a book, online renewal and drop-off facility at the new campus were very useful.
During my stint as the student IT representative, I had the chance to work with the IT and website team of VSL, improving the usability and accessibility of the web-based library services. Support during installation of the new printer at SAB was the best.
It would not be an exaggeration if I were to state that I spent more time at the library than in my dorm room.
"...Everything about the library is simply great, lot of resources in database, print, journals or online content and courteous nature of staff..." - (more)
ePGP, IIM Ahmedabad
Anup Sreekumar, ePGP, IIM Ahmedabad
Everything about the library is simply great. There are lot of resources whether it is in database, print, journals or online content that it is very hard to not find something I am looking for. Really appreciate the courteous nature of its staff for supporting us in every need. Thanks a lot.
"...Vikram Sarabhai Library is a world-class knowledge resource wherein everything from books to journals to databases to reports..." - (more)
AA, IIM Ahmedabad
Richa Tiwari, AA, IIM Ahmedabad
Vikram Sarabhai Library is a world-class knowledge resource wherein everything from books to journals to databases to reports are available at the ease of physical as well as digital version. Being a research scholar, reading experience at VSL has been the best so far for me. Also, staff support is its best part.
The Vikram Sarabhai Library (VSL) is named after Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, world renowned physicist and founding Director of IIMA. It was set up in 1962 and is one of the best management libraries in Asia. The library is open 24x7. Our mission is to facilitate convenient and user friendly access to current, global and relevant information by identifying, acquiring, organizing and retrieving information in various formats (print & non print) to serve the information needs of the academic fraternity of IIMA to meet their teaching, research, consulting, training and learning requirements.