Dr. Hermann Gundert Central Library

About us

            Kannur University Central Library was established in 1998. It was opened to the academic community in 1999. Prof. (Dr.) P. K. Michael Tharakan who was the Vice chancellor of Kannur University wanted to make the Kannur university central library as the best knowledge resource centre of the north Malabar. As a result of his effort, Sri M. A. Baby, the minister of education and culture laid the foundation stone for the Kannur University Central Library and research centre on 20/02/2011. In the inaugural address he expressed his wish that, after completion, it will function as a beacon by catering to the intellectual needs of academic community as well as the general public.

The five storied library building spreads over 1,20,000 sq. ft. was inaugurated by Honourable Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on 29th Feb 2016 and named the library as Dr. Herman Gundart Central Library. The library has a separate seminar hall with 350 seating capacity and a separate section for research area. The library building also houses the Department of Library and Information science. The library has been serving the various sections of the university community viz. Students (regular and distance) research scholars, faculty members, staff, graduates and students belonging to the other universities in the jurisdiction of Kannur University. It also provides temporary membership for utilizing the library services. The library is also a recognized research centre of the university in the subjects of History, Sanskrit, Hindi, Malayalam, Sociology, Philosophy, Statistics, English, Economics, Arabic, Urdu and Music. It is automated using the Library software KOHA.

In addition to Central Library, Campus libraries are functioning in the different campuses at Kasargod, Nileswaram, Payyannur, Mangatuparamba, Thalassery and Mananthavady.


To acquire, organize and provide access to various kinds of information sources including books, journals, theses etc., both in print and electronic forms and provide excellent IT based information services to the student, researchers and faculty to pursue academic excellence in their field.


      To provide an information rich environment that supports and encourages excellence in research and scholarship.
To provide value added services to the library members.
To meet the customer needs in time.
To ensure continuous improvement in library services and products.
To offer effective, responsive, and friendly staff-user interface.


Books : 50000
Journals : 213
Ejournals : 22000
Ebooks : 150000
News papers : 17
Databases : Academic Search Complete, Springerlink, Sage, Proquest Management Collection, ProQuest Ebook Central
Consortia : Shodhsindhu, Shodhganga, DELNET
CD-Rom : 900
Theses & Dissertations : 446
Special collections : Thaliyola