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N-LIST (National Library and Information Services Infrastructure for Scholarly Content) 21 November, 2012

Dr. Jagdish Arora, Director, INFLIBNET (Information and Library Network) led the Weekly Discussion via A-VIEW on 21st November 2012 with his talk on “N-LIST (National Library and Information Services Infrastructure for Scholarly Content)”.

Dr. Jagdish Arora
Dr. Jagdish Arora

Two Components

N-LIST basically consists of two components.

  • 1. Cross Subscription to e-resources (IIT Delhi)
    • 1.1 INDEST resources for Universities
      Web of Science: Access to 100 universities
    • 1.2 INFONET Resources for IITs, NITs and IISERs
      Four e-resources – AR, Nature, P-Muse and T&F for technical institutions
  • 2. E-resources to colleges (INFLIBNET Ahmedabad)

Access Methodology

Each technical institute and university is assigned a unique IP address, using which they could access the e-resources.

INFLIBNET subscribes to publishers and colleges can access INFLIBNET web servers in clusters. Each cluster consists of 200 colleges. So, 30 subscriptions entitle access to 6000 govt. aided and non aided colleges. Total cost for 30 subscriptions for current sets of resources is less than Rs. 11.00 crores.

Dr. Jagdish Arora


There are 12,000 entitled colleges in INFLIBNET (6000 government aided colleges and 6000 non aided colleges). Out of these 3006 colleges are enrolled to N-LIST and 2576 colleges are access-enabled.

E-books (worth Rs. 10.00 Crores) are being added from Publishers like Sage, Tata McGraw-Hill, Pearson and University Press. There are also e-resources available from over 6000 journals.

Cost Factors

Using N-LIST, almost Rs. 5400 crores was saved in 2010 and Rs. 9550 crores was saved in 2011, which would have otherwise gone in purchasing books as per list price. Institutes have to pay an annual fee of Rs. 5000/- per annum to access all these resources.


N-LIST has won the E-India 2010 Jury Choice Award, The Manthan South Asia Award 2010 for the best project in e-learning and the Skoch Digital Inclusion Award 2011.

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