The library of Sangeet Natak Akademi is a multilingual reference Library extensively used by the students, researchers, scholars and artistes in the field of performing arts.  It is one of the few specialized libraries of its kind in the country, and is enriched with books, journals, newspaper clippings, printed documents of Akademi Awardees and other performing artists, photographic and audio-visual resources, etc.


Over the last sixty four years, the library has grown to be the centre for quality research, attracting Indian and foreign scholars, musicians, musicologists, film producers, theatre directors, choreographers, actors, folklorists, puppeteers, journalists and students from all over the country as also from other countries .  It has been acknowledged in a considerable amount of published research in music, dance and drama.

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1.   Over the years, the library has acquired specialized collection of books on the performing arts. As of now, the total collection of books stands at 25516 and 1785 books by way of gifts.  The library receives about a hundred and fifty periodicals per year.  The files of back numbers of journals of performing arts, Indian and foreign, available in the library, are especially useful to researchers/scholars.   

2    The collection of Audio Visual Library now stands at 9844 discs, 761 pre-recorded cassettes from the archives of Akademi, 92 video cassettes of dance, drama, music, 1602 commercial audio cassettes, 183 gifted audio cassettes and 1142 compact discs (CDs), 103 gifted compact discs (CDs), 52 video compact discs (VCDs), 36 gifted video compact discs (VCDs) of Indian music, 22 DVDs and 61 gifted DVDs.

3.   The collection of photographs of all the events and festivals organized by Sangeet Natak Akademi since 1954 are available in the photo library.  This year 60000 colour  photographs have been added.  The archive of black and white as well as colour photographs and slides of photo library now stands at 4,00,139 and 40,443 respectively.

4.      Library Membership – For consultation/Reference of the library’s resources without book borrowing facility, non refundable deposit of Rs. 600/- will be charges. Renewal of Membership fee (Annual) of Rs. 100/-. Temporary Admission/Membership- For connecting the library for a period up to one month Rs. 75/- will have to be paid. 

5.  Automation of SNA Library - SNA library is performing the functions and activities like, Acquisition, Cataloguing (AACR-II), Classification (DDC 20th Edition), Article Indexing in the Libsys software.


Facilities Provided in SNA Library:

The Information Resources in Digital Form:

  • Newspaper/Periodicals clippings
  • Sangeet Natak Akademi – Bulletin
  • Sangeet Natak – Journal
  • Annual Reports of Sangeet Natak Akademi since 1953
  • Web-OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue)

    • Library Services to Clientele
    • Reference
    • Reprography (Photocopying, Printout and Scanning)
    • User Education
    • Documentation
    • Literature Search
    • Bibliography
    • Abstracting
    • Article Alert
    • SDI & CAS