Classification of Books
- The books in the Library have been divided into two sections, viz. ‘Gandhiana’ and ‘General’. The ‘Gandhiana’ section includes all books and journals by Gandhiji, and on Gandhiji, his philosophy and ideology, and those on the Freedom Movement in India from 1757 to 1947.
- The ‘General’ section includes books and journals on subjects other than those covered under the ‘Gandhiana’. Under the ‘General Category’, the Library has a wide collection of books on Religion, Philosophy, History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, and so on.
- For classification, the books under the ‘Gandhiana’ section are distinguished from those under the ‘General’ section by the symbol (-) prefixed to the Call Number.
- The books are kept grouped according to the subjects. The grouping has been done deriving Main Classes from Dr. S. R. Ranganathan’s scheme of ‘Colon Classification’. The scheme of classification has further been enlarged by assigning new numbers to the subjects specific to Gandhian and allied literature, such as the Gandhian ideology of Truth, Non-Violence, Satyagraha, Swaraj, Gram Swaraj, Sarvodaya, Bread Labour, Trusteeship, Constructive Programme, etc. As the Library has a large collection of books in the subject-fields of Autobiography, Biography, Reminiscences, Tributes and Appreciations of Mahatma Gandhi, such groups have been assigned separate Class Numbers.