The Research Library is an integral part of the Museum. The Library has a rich collection of 30,000 (approx.) books and journals – Indian and International.
The Library consists mainly of books on archaeology, art, architecture, numismatics, mythology, religion, anthropology, natural history, museology, conservation, history and civilization, with particular emphasis, on ancient Indian history and culture.
There is a reference section consisting of dictionaries, directories, encyclopaedias, atlases, gazetteers, reports of the Archaeological Survey of India and reports on Indian Epigraphy.
The library has also vast collection of catalogues of Museum and Art Galleries all over the world.
This is basically a reference library. The books are not allowed to be taken out of the library. Individuals pursuing a serious study of the subject are allowed to refer the books on the premises only. College students make use of the library for preparing their projects related to the subjects of art history and ancient Indian culture.
The students have to produce their identity card or letter of recommendation from an Institute. They are given a library admission form to fill up, after their credentials are ascertained.
Scholars, post-graduate and research students visit the library regularly, for reference work, for writing their thesis and research articles.
The Curatorial staff members consult the valuable source material in the library for writing books, catalogues, guide books and research papers.
The library support is continuously extended for the educational and research activities of the Museum.
The facility for xeroxing is available to those who require the data for academic purpose.
The library is currently engaged in digitization of its collection.