Library History


Historical Background

University of Mysore is one of the oldest prestigious and foremost centre of higher education in the Country. The motto of the University, as engraved on its emblem “Nothing is Equal to Knowledge”  (ನಹಿ ಜ್ಞಾನೇನ ಸದೃಶಂ ) and “I always uphold the Truth”. The University was established on 27.07.1916 by its founding father His Highness Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar - IV the then Maharaja of Mysore  and Sir. M Vishweswariah the then Dewan of  Mysore.  University of Mysore was the 5th University established in the Country and the very pioneer in the Princely State of Mysore.  The present jurisdiction of the University covers 4 districts viz., Mysore, Hassan, Mandya and Chamaraja Nagar.

Mysore University Library

Mysore University library is one  of the oldest and largest University Library in the country and Mother of other University Libraries in Karnataka.    The Library started functioning in the year 1918.  It has a glorious record of 91 years of worthy service with a resource collection 6 Lakhs  volumes in its systems today. The inception collection of the library was around 2311 books which was housed in Jubilee building and later moved to Maharaja’s college campus and finally the library shifted to new building at Manasagangotri  Campus in 1965.  Foundation stone of this functional building was laid by first UGC Chairman Prof. C.D.Deshmukh on 11th July 1960.  It was inaugurated by the then President of India Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan on 7th Dec. 1965.