Five Laws of Library Science Notes

The Five Laws of Library Science were enunciated in 1928 by the late Dr. S. R.Ranganathan, the Librarian of the University of Madras.

Five Laws of Library Science are:

Books are for use
Every reader his/her book("Books for All".)
Every book its reader
Save the time of the reader
The library is a growing organism


First Law "Books are for use "

--Library Hours
--Library Building and Furniture

Second Law "Every reader his/her book"

--Obligation of the State
--Obligation of the Library Authority--(Choice of Books--Choice of Staff)
--Obligations of the Staff
--Obligations of the Reader
--Resource Sharing

Third Law “Every Book Its Reader

- - Services---Book Exhibition, Display of New Books,Lists of New Additions
- - The Library Catalogue

Fourth Law “Save the Time of the Reader”

- - Open Access
- - Classification and Cataloguing
- - Charging System

Fifth Law "Library is a Growing Organism"

- - Book Stock
- - Readers
- - Staff
- - Classification and the Catalogue
- - Modernisation
- - Provision for the Future
-- Weeding out of Books

Prepared Using IGNOU Study materials
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