The NIS Library being specialized one, falls in the category of special/technical Library. The books in the Library are on sport & games which include: Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Chess, Cycling, Cricket, football, Gymnastics, Golf, Hockey, Handball, Horse Riding, Judo, Kho-Kho, Kabaddi, Lawn Tennis, Mountaineering, Rowing, Swimming, shooting, Snooker, Table tennis, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Wrestling, Yoga and Yatching. In addition to the major disciplines the Library also maintains well equipped sections on the Allied subjects such as: Bio-chemistry, Sports Biomechanics, Sports Biology, Sports Medicine, exercise of Physiology, Anthropometry, sports Encyclopedia, Food Nutrition, Kinesiology, Sports Sociology, Physical Fitness & Physical Education etc.

The Library has a rich Reference Section which provides back volumes as well as current volumes of Technical Journals received from all parts of the world. We receive Journals from International Sports federations/Sports Associations, as the Library remains regularly intouch with the International Sports Documentation Centres.

Library which has a total collection of nearly 20,000 books provides a rich technical know how to our sports scientists, coaches, trainees and other readers etc. The Library is considered as the backbone of Teaching and Science Faculties and serves as a nucleus center for sports information to our Research Scholars from the different Universities – Post Graduate Colleges who visit this Library for various references etc. in pursuit of their higher studies & research in sports.

The Library procures latest best-selected sports literature from the sports developed countries at the Institute. The daily average of readership touches to around 300. The Library aims to provide a comprehensive multi-media sports information service to sports experts and to those who participate in the national and international programme. The unique service offered by the Library serves as national resource center for sports information. In addition to Central Library of sports located at Patiala there are three other Libraries functioning in the Academic Centres of Bangalore, Calcutta and Gandhinagar. These Libraries are also coming up gradually.

Research scholars from all over the country get feedback from NIS Library on receipt of reference queries relating to their research programme in sports. Inter-Library loan facilities are honoured on request, whenever possible through arranging Xerox copies.

The Library has valuable collection of the books pertaining to Olympic games & Asian games from its inception. These books are of very rare nature, which has detailed information about the conduct of these games. The First Asian games which was hosted by India in Delhi in year 1951 and the other Asian games which were held simultaneously at Manila in 1954, Tokyo in 1958, Jakarta in 1962, Bangkok in 1966, 1970 & 1978, Tehran in 1974, Delhi in 1982, Seoul in 1986, Beijing in 1990, Hiroshima in 1994 & Bangkok in 1998. Library has all the relevant literature pertaining to these important sports events. Similarly the section of Olympic games has also many rare books, which are highly referred by Research scholars & coaches.

The Documentation Service which is a ‘bi-monthly’ Publication of NIS canters to 18 sports disciplines viz: Archery, Boxing, Cycling, Athletics, Gymnastics, Swimming, Judo, Weightlifting, Wrestling, Basketball, Hockey, Volleyball, Cricket, Football, Handball, Badminton, Lawn Tennis & Table Tennis which is published in English & Hindi. The Sports Documentation has an important role to play. The regular ‘Bi-monthly’ service is well received by the Sports Lovers all over India and some Asian Countries like Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Mauritius etc. The valuable information provided in this service has enriched the sports coaches with latest technical articles written by experts along with latest Interpretation of Rules of games and sports as adopted by the International Sports Federations from time to time.

Group – A Athletics, Gymnastics and Swimming
Group – B Archery, Boxing and Cycling
Group – C Judo, Weightlifting and Wrestling
Group – D Basketball, Hockey and Volleyball
Group – E Cricket, Football and Handball
Group – F Badminton, Lawn Tennis and Table Tennis

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