June 10, 2024

Library and Documentation

Library and Documentation



Library and Documentation Division is one of the most important divisions of Bangladesh Open University. This division is well defined, decorated and in a very lucrative space. The Central Library began its operation on September 14, 1994, in a separate three-storied building with a total of approximately 1568 square meters on the main campus. The library has already passed a glorious 25 years service benefiting a large number of distance learners across the country. In the city office of BOU, a small library is also working. Students of different programs are taking advantage of using the library. A good collection of books are there for readers.


The mission of the BOU library is to provide access to the latest reading materials to its users at the right time. As a social organism, the BOU library endeavors to introduce better services to the readers.

General Rules for Library Users

• Faculty/Officer/Staff who have membership are eligible to use the library facilities.
• BOU personnel who are serving outside the main campus are eligible for membership.
• Membership card is not transferable. Anyone losing or damaging his/her membership card can get a new one by applying to the librarian.
• Faculty/Officer can borrow 10 books and staff can borrow 4 books at a time. Books are issued for one month with provision for renewal.
• Rare/Reference books/journals/dailies are not issued.
• Silence is required in the library.

Writing /marking in books is forbidden. Any sort of mutilation will cause replacement. 


The collections of the BOU Library are closely related to the University’s Curriculum and are classified, cataloged and displayed for its users. The Library resources include books, periodicals, newspapers, Journals etc. At present, the users of BOU Central Library have access to around 34,000 books, 392 titles of Journals and 15 national daily newspapers in both Bangla and English.


Reading room: Library has reading rooms on the ground floor and the 1st floor. About fifty users can sit at a time in the reading rooms of the BOU Central Library. Faculty members can study in separate rooms named Carrel, located on the 1st floor. Newspaper, BOU textbooks are available at the ground floor. Muktijudho corner is located on the ground floor. There is a separate unit for administrative purposes.
Lending: The lending procedure of the library is done manually at the ground floor. Only an authorized member can get a lending service.

• Reference Service.
• Documentation Service.
• Cataloging Service.
• Current Awareness Service.
• Selective Dissemination of Information.
• Online Services.

Library Hour 

The library remains open from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm during the working days

Muktijudho Corner

Muktijudho Corner was opened on 12 December 1999 at the BOU library. The Corner carries historical documents, liberation war based books, Bangabandhu’s photographs, portraits and maps etc. Presently new decoration plan for Muktijudho Corner is taken and it is under a process now.

UDL (University Grants Commission of Bangladesh-Digital Library) Member :

As a member of UDL, Bangladesh Open University library is able to access more than eighteen thousand e-books of the renowned eight publishers. These include: Cambridge University Press, Oxford Scholarship Online, Tata McGraw-Hill’s Express library, Taylor & Francis Group, SAGE Publications, Pearson Education India, Springer e-Books and Wiley Online Books. Through UDL a huge number of journals of three publishers: Emerald, Jstor and IEEE are also available.

Officer’s List :

NameDesignationPhone/ E-mail
A. S. M. Noman Alam 
Director/ Librarian (In-charge)9291132, 09666730730 Ex.769
Mahmud Raphael 
Joint Director09666730730 Ex.770
Md.Fazlul Karim 
Assistant Librarian09666730730 Ex.771
MS Habiba Islam 
Administrative Officer09666730730 Ex.953
MS Shahana Akter 
Administrative Officer09666730730 Ex.954
MS Lovely Khanam 
Administrative Officer09666730730 Ex.955
Md. Arifur Rahman 
Administrative Officer09666730730 Ex.956
MS Shahanas Parvin
Documentation Officer09666730730 Ex.957


A. S. M. Noman Alam
Director/ Librarian (In-charge)
Phone: 9291132, 09666730730 Ex.769
E-mail: librarian@bou.edu.bd