DELNET was started at the India International Centre Library in January 1988 and was registered as a society in 1992. It was initially supported by the National Information System for Science and Technology (NISSAT), Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India. It was subsequently supported by the National Informatics Centre, Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India and the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

            DELNET has been established with the prime objective of promoting resource sharing among the libraries through the development of a network of libraries. It aims to collect, store, and disseminate information besides offering computerized services to users, to coordinate efforts for suitable collection development and also to reduce unnecessary duplication wherever possible.



             a) To promote sharing of resources among the libraries by developing a network of libraries, by collecting, storing and disseminating information and by offering computerized services to the users.

            b) To offer guidance to the member libraries on cataloguing database services, circulation, acquisition, serials control, online services, selection of hardware and software, etc.

            c) To coordinate efforts for suitable collection development and for reducing unnecessary duplication wherever possible.

            d) To establish a referral centre, to monitor and/or facilitate catalogue search and maintain a central online union catalogue of books, serials, and non-book materials of all the participating libraries.

            e) To facilitate and promote delivery of documents manually and mechanically.

            f) To develop specialist bibliographic database of books, serials and non-book materials.

            g) To develop a database of projects, specialists and institutions.

            h) To possess and maintain electronic and mechanical equipment for the fast communication of information and delivery of electronic mail.

            i) To coordinate with other regional, national and international networks for exchange of information and documents.

            j) To undertake, facilitate and provide for the publication of newsletters/journals devoted to networking and sharing of resources.



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