Q. Frequently Asked Questions: Who is authorized to use the library?

All students, faculty members and staff (working and retired) of the institute are authorized to use the library. Institute alumni, retired staff members and visiting faculties can only refer to the library. However, for availing the borrowing facility, users need to enroll themselves as library members after fulfilling the requisite procedures.

Q. How can an outsider use the library?

Architecture and Planning professionals, researchers and students affiliated to an institution, corporate bodies like industries, can use the library for a limited period with a prior permission and he/she must carry a valid institute ID Card. However, the outsiders are discouraged from making use of the library.

Q. Can I bring my personal books, issued books and other reading materials to the Library?

Yes Users are allowed to bring their personal books, borrowed books and other reading materials to the Library. But, he/she has to collect gate passes from the circulation desk and submit to security at the time of exit.

Q. How to recommend purchasing a book/other document for the library?

Regular faculty members and staff of the institute with a valid library membership can recommend a book for purchase by submitting duly filled "Book Indent Form” forwarded by their respective section head. Students and project staff can do the same through any faculty member. The book will be acquired subject to the availability of funds and approval of the competent authority.

Q. How can I recommend subscribing to a new journal?

Regular faculty members, staff and research scholars can submit the duly filled “Journal Recommendation Form” through their respective Head of the Department to subscribe to a new journal/magazine. It may, however, be noted that the Library can subscribe to only a limited number of journals for a given Department / Centre from the funds allocated to the respective Department / Centre from the allocated budget ment for subscription of journal.

Q. Can I borrow a loose/bound journal?

No. Use of loose and bound journals is restricted to library premises only like the reference books, thesis, reserve books, etc.

Q. Where do I find the library webpage on the institute website?

SPA Bhopal Homepage → Resources → Library.

Q. How do I access the online catalogue through intranet?

The online catalogue can be accessed through internet using . You can search and browse by author, title, subject, etc. You can see the new arrival list and check your account (books issued, due date, fine etc.)

Q. How do I access full-text electronic journals and databases?

Full-text electronic journals that are available under the Current Journals menu in the Library Webpage within the academic campus only. The same can also be accessed through respective publisher's websites also.

Q. Whether any login and password is required to access the online journals?

No. The online access is through IPs.