About the Book :
Students of history in general and the library world in particular have recognised a continuous need to study Indian librarianship and library science. The few attempts to satisfy this need have limited coverage; there remains no single source that comprehensively covers the topicscomprehensive, that is, in the sense that it treats all developments of theory and practice throughout the ages.The present work spans the historical periods from ancient through medieval and modern India, thus covering the development in the field comprehensively. This brief, but complete history, is based on primary and secondary sources available in English and other languages.Although this work will fill a great void in the world history of librarianship and library science, it too is only a beginning. As an outline, it serves as a kind of synthesis and bibliographic essay that ties together the long story of libraries in India and points the reader to the existing literature. Students of library science in South Asia and elsewhere will benefit the most from this effort. However, as a contribution to the study of international and comparative librarianship, the work should initiate and facilitate in-depth research in areas which are identified as understudied and in areas which are still unexplored.