About Us

TIFR has a Library, with a large collection of books and journals in print as well as electronic form. In 2007, the nomenclature of the Library was changed to Scientific Information Resource Centre (SIRC), due to the increasing orientation of its collection towards electronic resources, and the indispensable use of IT in its functioning to provide various online resources and other services to users.

SIRC plays a very important role in supporting the academic programmes of the institute. The primary aim of the SIRC is to develop, organize, preserve and deliver information and scholarly resources for the TIFR community. To these ends the SIRC explores and implements new technologies to provide effective information services, expand the SIRC’s resource collection, and develop a SIRC-user partnership.

SIRC currently holds a collection of over 70,000+ books mainly covering the subjects as Astronomy and Astrophysics, Chemical Physics, Theoretical Computer Science, Condensed Matter Physics, High Energy Physics, Material Science, Mathematics, Molecular Biology, Nuclear and Atomic Physics and Theoretical Physics.


SIRC has Web OPAC which is a powerful web based search engine for searching books and journal holdings database.

Users may borrow books and bound volumes of journals for a stipulated period.

Reference queries from users are answered over telephone, email or in person. While general queries are answered by the staff at the desk, specific queries regarding books or journals could be referred to with personnel of the concerned section.

Instant photocopy of limited number of pages from loose issues of journals is provided free of cost to users by the desk staff. Photocopies of journal articles from bound volumes are provided free of cost to academic/scientific staff of TIFR... Read more >>

SIRC has an inter-library loan arrangement with all important government and semi-government academic institutions of India. Books or journals which are not available with TIFR can be procured from these institutions for a short period.

SIRC provides access to over 3000 on-line journals. SIRC also has access to some of the back files, even to 1660s. SIRC has access to full text databases such as Springer LINK, ACM Digital Library and IEL Online. It also has access to bibliographic databases, such as MathSciNet