Welcome to MEA Library
MEA Library is one of the oldest and biggest in Ministries of Government of India. This library was renamed from Foreign Department Library to MEA Library after independence. The library has a unique and rare collection. This is a very special library in the field of International Relations covering topics of Foreign Policy, Foreign Relations, Area Studies, History, Political Science, International Trade and Economy, Indian Diasporas, Terrorism and related subjects.
A Library Committee manages library activities including purchase of books and subscription of journals. In October 2012, Special Secretary (Political/ Policy Planning & Research) reconstituted the Library Committee.
All documentation and bibliographic services, as well as other library operations and services have been computerized, using an integrated library software package LIBSYS covering all the features of the Library. LIBSYS follows MARC as well as non-MARC format and supports word-based free text searching using Boolean operators.
It also provides online validation of input data prior to updating the database. Information on all books, maps, documents and selected articles from periodicals received in the Library since 1986, (and also pre-1986 publications in active use) are available on-line through intranet in all PCs of Ministry of External Affairs Library.
All new documents received in the Library such as books, maps, microfilms, and selected articles from periodicals are fed on a regular basis in the database on foreign affairs. Using this database and CD-ROM Databases, the Library provides Current Awareness Service and Bibliographical and Reference Services. In addition, the Library regularly issues a Foreign Affairs Documentation Bulletin (FADB) which lists selected articles on International Relations and related subjects and an update on recent additions which consist of an annotated list of books and publications added to the Library.
The library regularly provides Article Alert Service, which consists of abstracts of important articles from journals subscribed by MEA library and is available on Internet through group e-Mails IDs to all Foreign Service officers in the Ministry and Missions abroad. Weeding out of old and obsolete books and journals which commenced few years back is still continuing and substantial progress has been made in this regard. MEA Library is an Institutional Member of International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), Special Library Association (SLA), Central Government Library Association (CGLA), Indian Association of Special Libraries and Information Centers (IASLIC) and Indian Library Association (ILA).