“Salim Ali Information Resource Center” (SIRC) is a modern library of SACON situated in a separate block amidst a serene ambience which houses a rare collection of books in the fields of ornithology, wildlife, ecology, zoology, botany, environmental conservation and natural history. SIRC plays an important role in the collection and dissemination of knowledge resources on ornithology and natural history to pursue research work by the Scientists and Research Scholars of the Center.
Apart from developing information resources appropriate for research use and conservation of biodiversity in India, the major initiative of the SIRC is to function as a National Information Centre on Biodiversity. This would be achieved through the integration of the existing information systems and services in India into an organized and effective network.
SIRC has a collection of 3564 books, 2931 bound journals and 2706 maps. It subscribes to 61 numbers of current scientific periodicals out of which 38 are Indian and 23 are foreign publications.
All the documentary and non documentary resources of the SIRC are computerized with bar code facility. Web Online Public Access Catalogue (WEB-OPAC) and Digital Library are initiated with the help of Smart Library Software for reference and circulation control. Local Area Network (LAN) – Intranet connectivity of SACON has been linked with the SIRC server to facilitate the online reference. Users also have the access to the CD-ROM databases with in the SIRC network.
SIRC serves as a major information center providing services to institutions and individuals throughout the country. Scientists, Research Scholars, staff members, environmentalists, as well as amateur naturalists use the library. The library also provides a photocopying service.
9:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Mr. M. Manoharan,
Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON),
Anaikatty, Coimbatore- 641 108, Tamil Nadu, India
Tele : 0422 – 2203121, 2203100.
Fax No. 91-0422-2657088
The volumes of ‘Fauna of British India’ and the ‘Flora of India’ are indispensable sources of information on the biodiversity of the Indian subcontinent. The flora volumes cover India and Ceylon.
In the reference collection, besides ‘Encyclopedia Britannica’ and ‘Mc Graw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology’, there are encyclopedias on various subjects of natural history; such as ‘International Encyclopedia of Ornithology’ Encyclopedia of Natural History’, ‘Encyclopedia of Mammals’, ‘Encyclopedia of Biodiversity’, ‘Encyclopedia of Entomology’, ‘Encyclopedia of Evolution’ ,’Animal life Encyclopedia’, ‘Encyclopedia of World Environmental History’, ‘Encyclopedia of Global Change’, and ‘Britannica : Ready Reference Encyclopedia(India)’.
In addition to language dictionaries, there are dictionaries of birds, scientific bird names, environment, ecology, botany, botanical terms, Flowering plants, butterflies, moths and biology.
A dictionary of Industrial products and Raw materials would be helpful to briefly review the history of the Wealth of India and its antecedents. The series deal with the raw material resources of plant, animal and mineral origin found in India.
Apart from the 10 Volumes of ‘Handbook of the Birds of India & Pakistan’ and 14 Volumes of ‘Handbook of the Birds of the World’ there are individual handbooks on different groups of birds, mammals, reptiles, fishes, insects and flora of different countries.
There are various checklists of birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fishes of different regions in India and beyond in the case of Birds. Checklists provide quick references on the fauna and flora of a particular region.
SACON is affiliated to the Bharathiar University, Coimbatore for M.Phil., and Ph.D. programmes. Till now SACON has produced 33 Ph.Ds in the areas of Zoology, Botany and Environmental Sciences.
SACON has an excellent and valuable collection of rare books and research literatures a few of which are mentioned below: Among the journal collection, the ‘Stray Feathers : A Journal of Ornithology for India and Its Dependencies dates back to 1876-1880 and 1887 and the ‘Zoological Records’ are present from 1981 onwards.
Microfiche of the back volumes of the Journal of Bombay Natural History Society. Vol. 1 to 64, Conservation Biology Vol.1 to 4 and 25 dissertations in relevant subject were added to the library. A Micro-film reader printer (Canon-NP 90) was procured as a part of setting up of library section in the non-book material form.
SACON library has a collection of 2706 maps and charts.
We subscribe to the following current periodicals. We receive a few periodicals as gift from various institutions.
Ecology, Environment and Conservation
Online Subscription to JSTOR Archives to access the Biological Sciences journals (130 Journals). This facility can be accessed by 100 individual user’s accounts including Scientists and Research Scholars