About Uttar Pradesh Legislature Library


Uttar Pradesh Legislature Library was established in 1921 as the ‘U.P. Legislative Council Library’. The main objective of this Library was to fulfil the intellectual needs of the members of the Legislative Council. The higher officers of the administration were also permitted to utilise this library. In 1937 when the Legislature became bicameral the name of this library was changed to ‘Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly Library’ The first Speaker of Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Rajarshi Shri Purushottam Das Tandon announced in the House that since this library will provide service to members of both Houses, therefore the name of this library should be “Vidhan Pustakalaya.” In this way the present name of this library is ‘Vidhan Pustakalaya’, given by Rajarshi Purushottam Das Tandon. There is a large collection on various subjects.


Legislature Library is exclusively for members of both Houses, officers not below the rank of Joint Secretary of U.P. Civil Secretariat and Governor secretariat and officers and employees of Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council Secretariats. Members can issue four books at a time in their name. Research scholars are also permitted to use the Library as per rules.


Legislature Library has a collection of books on different subjects and in different languages (Hindi, Urdu, Sanskrit, and English). Publications of State and Central Government, Proceedings of U.P. Legislative Assembly, U.P. Legislative Council and Parliament. The collection is continuously increasing.

The Library is situated in the southern side of Vidhan Bhawan in six floors, out of which five floors are being used in the following order.

Entrance Proceedings Section
Administrative Section
Govt. Publications Section
English and Urdu books Section
Hindi Books,Newspapers, Magazines,and Press Clipping Section

Administrative Section

The rooms of the administrative officers, Research & Reference rooms, Computer Centre, issue-return counter, Reading Rooms and Members Rooms are situated on this floor. Most of the reference books and Catalogue cabinets are also placed here.

Computer Centre

A computer centre was set up in the Legislature Library in 1999. This centre prepares database of important reference information. Internet facility is also available. The Centre launched the Hindi and English website of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly http://uplegisassembly.gov.in in 2001. Updation and enhancement of these sites is done regularly by this centre.

Proceedings Section

In this section proceedings of Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly and Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council, are kept. The Constituent Assembly Debates and Proceedings of ’House of Commons’ and ‘House of Lords’ are also kept in this section.

Government Publication Section

This section is situated below the administrative section. Useful publications of the Central Government, Centre, Uttar Pradesh & other State govts. are collected in this section including reports of Committees, Annual reports of govt. departments, Reports of commissions, Census reports, Budget literature and other departmental reports. One study room is also provided for Hon’ble members in this section.

Urdu and English Section

This section is situated below the govt. publication section. In this section English and Urdu books on various subjects are collected. Acquisition of books, and their technical processing like classification and cataloguing of books is done in this section.

Hindi and Sanskrit books, Newspapers magazines and press clipping Section

This section is situated below the English section. Hindi and Sanskrit books and govt. gazettes are collected in this section. Newspapers, magazines and Paper clipping section is also situated in this section.

Classification and cataloguing scheme

Classification of books is done according to the Decimal classification scheme and cataloguing of books is done according to A.L.A. cataloguing scheme. Library catalogue is arranged in alphabetical order. The catalogues in English, Hindi, Urdu and Sanskrit language are placed near the entrance of the library.

The Catalogue cards are arranged in alphabetical order as in a dictionary. Author and title cards of Urdu catalogue are arranged together in one alphabetical order. There is a separate catalogue for Government Publications which is placed in that section.

The Library Publishes half yearly list of newly acquired books titled as 'Nawagat Pustako Ki Suchi'. It is made available to the Hon'ble members and officers.

Letter - Magazines

The library has about 100 journals of various subjects in Hindi, Urdu and English languages. The latest magazines are displayed in the reading room of the administrative section of the library. The list of journals received is available in the library.

About thirty daily newspapers in Hindi, Urdu and English are called for reading room and research and reference service in the library.

Research, Reference and Documentation Service

The Library's research, reference and documentation service contributes to providing information, data and references, especially to the members of the Legislature. Under this service, along with other works done by the library, the following are being done specifically: -

1. To make available literature for Hon'ble members on issues which are under consideration of the House.

2- Preparation of background notes on important topics under consideration in the House.

3. To make available to the members the literature sought on the subjects under consideration of the Parliamentary Committees.

4 - Preparation of Bibliography on important topics.

5 - Preparation of index of proceedings of Conference of Presiding Officers and Secretaries of All India Legislative Bodies. Preparation of references and background notes for the Conference of Presiding Officers and Secretaries of All India Legislative Bodies.

6. To remove clippings of articles, news, editorials, figures etc. published in newspapers and keep files according to their subject. At present, files are being prepared on about 150 important topics, in which clippings of various newspapers under each subject are arranged by date.

The material that is collected by the library for the use of the members is generally only on those subjects which are connected with the immediate work before the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council. Those members who want to get information on any such topic, they can make a demand on the prescribed form available in the research and reference branch. The requisition must contain a brief but clear description of the desired information as well as the date by which the information sought should be made available to them. References on which information can be readily available in published literature are immediately given to the members but the information which is likely to take time to collect and compile requires adequate time. The sources on which the information given to the members is based are usually mentioned while using the information in the House or anywhere, the members should mention the original source and not the "research and reference service" of the library. . The information given to the members should not be published in any form. Information is provided to the members only on the basis of the sources available in the library. In order to facilitate and expedite the service provided by the library to its members, the library has a reprography machine

Publication of Magazines

Apart from the above research & reference services the library also publishes the following magazines:-

1. 'Sansadiya Deepika' (Quarterly)

This is a House journal which also contains articles of current interest and documentataion of important constitutional, parliamentary and procedural developments in the state, at the centre and in orther states also.

2. 'Pralekh Chayanika' (Quarterly)

This is a documentation list of Important articles of various Hindi and English magazines received in the library.

3. 'Samachar Dainandika' (Bimonthly)

This is a documentation of news taken primarily from Hindi and English national and local dailies.

4. 'Adhiniyam Sankshepika' (Half Yearly)

This Publication contains summaries of the Acts passed by the State Legislature.