Information and Library Network Centre
INFLIBNET Centre logo.png
TypeRepository, Networking Universities
EstablishedMarch 1991; 30 years ago (1991-03)
Coordinates23°11′18″N 72°38′00″E / 23.18833°N 72.63333°E / 23.18833; 72.63333Coordinates: 23°11′18″N 72°38′00″E / 23.18833°N 72.63333°E / 23.18833; 72.63333

Information and Library Network Centre (INFLIBNET Centre) is an organisation that promotes and facilitates libraries and information resources for Indian further education. Its premises are in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

The Centre started in March 1991 as a project under the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics. It became an independent entity in June 1996, reporting to the University Grants Commission of India under the Ministry of Education). INFLIBNET runs a nationwide high speed data network connecting university libraries and other information centres.


The Centre leads projects for the development of library services in Indian universities. These have included:

  • Financial support for automation of university libraries
  • Development of a database of resources in libraries in India
  • Development of a library management application named SOUL (Software for University Libraries)[1]
  • UGC-Infonet, an Internet connectivity programme

Open access initiatives include:

  • OJAS, a platform for faculty and researchers in universities to host journals[2]
  • Shodhganga, a digital repository of theses and dissertations by research scholars in universities in India[3]
  • Shodhgangotri, a digital repository of synopses of research topics submitted to universities in India[4]
  • IR@INFLBNET, an repository of papers
  • Creation of R&D facilities and working groups to study and contribute to the open source movement
  • Maintenance of a database of scientists, researchers and faculty members at academic institutions and organisations involved in teaching and research in India
  • Bibliometric and scientometric studies
  • e-PG Pathshala, a gateway to Postgraduate courses
  • Training courses in Library Management and Information and Communication Technology (ICT)


INFLIBNET publishes a quarterly newsletter and annual report which are distributed to the academic community across the country.

See also


  1. ^ Home page of SOUL
  2. ^ Home page of Open Journal Access System
  3. ^ Home page of ShodhGanga
  4. ^ Home page of ShodhGangotri

External links

  • Website of INFLIBNET Centre

Further reading

  1. Shahaji Shankar Waghmode. "Role of INFLIBNET in Growth and Development of Higher Education in India" (PDF). e-LiS. Retrieved 8 October 2016.