External Library Membership

  • Dr. Suryya Kumar Bhuyan Library, Cotton University provides external library membership facility to the wider community of library user or information seeker from Academic Institutions / Government Departments / Corporates / Industry, which are in and around Assam, North East India.
  • The individual Library membership is also open to Alumni’s of Cotton University, Superannuated Faculty and Staff of Cotton College and Cotton University.
  • Individual external Library memberships for Academicians, Researchers & Students is also available

Rules & Regulations for External Library Membership

Membership Rules:
1.    External library membership of the University Library is allowed to all persons not less than 18 years of age and applicants shall have to produce evidence of age, if required.
2.    External library membership of the University Library is allowed on a Weekly and Monthly basis with payment of membership fees (Non-refundable)
3.    Temporary library membership cards are issued on applying to the library on the prescribed form and on producing suitable references. In the case of students, recommendations from the Principals or Professors of their colleges may be required.
4.    Books / Journal / Magazine/ News Paper shall not be issued to the external members.
5.    External members can take a photocopy of required materials (Photocopy charges will be applicable). The photocopies will be provided within the limits of the International Copyright Act.
6.    External members can access or download subscribed e-resources in the library premises only. (Systematic download of electronic resources may be limited due to licensing restrictions)
7.    Bring a temporary or external library membership ID card when you visit the library
8.    To become an external member, please complete the online form and pay the membership fees and submit it to the Librarian with a print copy of the online form and payment details.
9.    External members will be invited to renew their membership before their membership expires. Applicants who are renewing will be asked to provide a photographic ID when they collect their replacement card.
General Rules:
1.    A person entering the library shall record his/ her name, membership number & address in the register maintained for the purpose at the entrance counter.
2.    Use of Mobile phones is not permitted inside the library premises.
3.    Temporary or external library members should observe strict silence inside the library.
4.    Temporary or external library members are not allowed to carry eatables/drinks inside the Library premises
5.    Temporary or external library membership card is non-transferable.
6.    Personal belongings like bags (laptop, shoulder, and sling), umbrellas, etc. should be deposited at the Property Counter against a token. These are not allowed inside the Library.
7.    Temporary or external library members are advised not to leave their valuable items like money wallet, passport, credit card, etc. at the Property Counter.
8.    Marking, scratching, damaging, mutilating, stealing, library materials or property will invite disciplinary action against the defaulters. A book damaged in any way by a member shall have to be replaced by him/her. If a book is not replaced his/her membership is liable to be cancelled
9.    Temporary or external library members are advised not to carry books from one section to another and should leave the books on the reading table after consulting.
10.    Temporary or external library members are advised not to talk or discuss as they may disturb other readers. Reading halls are meant for individual study and research only.
11.    The library shall not be responsible for any loss or damage of the personal belongings of the users.
12.    Library staff shall not transmit telephone calls or other personal messages to the readers.
13.    The Librarian shall have the power to suspend the use of the temporary or external library member’s card of any member or to refuse admission to anyone, infringing any rules of the library.

Note: The rule may not apply to foreign citizens

Fees Details for External Library Membership Registration

External Library Membership Registration Fees Details

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Fees (Rs.)


Weekly Temporary or External Library Membership

100 (Per Person)


Monthly Temporary or External Library Membership

300 (Per Person)


Annual Temporary or External Library Membership

1000 (Per Person)

Note: External library membership registration fees details or the rule may not apply to foreign citizens