About KRC

The Knowledge Resource Centre offers information, literature and information technology support to the researchers of NIIST from its constantly updated rich collection of resources and technology services. The RFID-enabled library has a rich collection of books, periodicals, databases and other intellectual materials.

Working Hours

Working Hours

9 am to 7.00 pm (Monday to Friday) & 9 am to 4 pm on Saturdays

Membership details

Holding Statistics as of 01st January 2023:

Sl No.

Category of Books

No. of books


Purchased Books.



Periodicals Bound Volumes



Gratis Books including Thesis



Hindi Books


Membership details

Membership details

Membership is open to all researchers and staff whose tenure in NIIST is above six months. Research scholars of other institutes are permitted to use the KRC resources for reading & reference on special requests from the Heads of concerned Departments/ Institutes.

Activity Profile

Activity Profile

  • Acquisition of Books

  • Subscription to Periodicals

  • Subscription to databases & research support tools

  • Circulation Control System

  • Database Search Service

  • Patents Search Service

  • Reference & Referral Services

  • Electronic Theses & Dissertations

  • Inter-Library Resource Sharing

  • Reprography Service

  • Research support services

  • Scientometric/Bibliometric Analysis

Contact Address

Contact Address

Dr. P. Nishy

Head, Knowledge Resource Centre,

National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science & Technology (CSIR),

Industrial Estate P.O.,

Thiruvananthapuram – 695 019, India

Tel. 91-471-2515293, 2490672

E-Mail: krc[at]niist[dot]res[dot]in, nishy[at]niist[dot]res[dot]in


Spacious, calm, pleasant and ideal for studying. The ventilation and light facility is good and has been provided with a centralised air conditioning facility.


New Arrivals

Library procures books of your interest and demand and you will be informed about the recent additions through your Email ID. Every month, a list of recent additions as well as the content page of new Issues of Print Journals will be posted in your Email-ID.

New books are arranged on the “New Arrivals” display near the entrance for a limited time (usually 1 year) in order that library users may have a chance to browse new acquisitions. The books are issued to the user who has recommended for procurement or shelved to the respective racks.

Online Journals & databases search facilities for NIIST researchers & Walk-in Users

Few computers are installed with Linux for the use of Research Scholars and staff members. Users can access the online subscribed resources of the library, Digitised theses and dissertations, to write their article, theses or dissertations from these computers. Internet facility is available on each computer with the authorised net access. Walk-in-users are provided with temporary access to the net. These computers are meant for the use of academic purpose only.


Current journals & Periodicals

Current journals and periodicals are arranged in alphabetical order in the display rack for the convenience of the users. There are thirty journals are coming in print other journals are available online.

Reference Collection

Reference Collection

Reference works are typically designed to be consulted, rather than read from cover to cover. For this reason, they can’t be issued to users. The library has a reference collection of 1400 books containing dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks and manuals.

Circulation Desk

Circulation Desk

Circulation Services provides friendly and courteous service to the user community for lending the library materials. Additionally, staff members are responsible for answering directional questions, maintaining photocopiers, access services, and issues related to managing physical collections.

Materials may be checked out with a valid library card. Circulation period for books is One month.

Bound Volume

Bound Volumes

Library binds the loose issues of subscribed Journals which have archival values for future reference. These bound volumes act like the treasure house of knowledge for the Research Scholars in their hunt for knowledge. The collection of bound Journals are organized alphabetically at the bound volume section.

Document Copy Service

Copy, printing and scanning services are available at the Library for free of charge for NIIST staff and research Scholars. there are printers, scanners, photocopiers, and paper cutters are available.



  1. Acta Materialia
  2. Annals of Library and Information Studies
  3. Biochemical Engineering Journal
  4. Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry
  5. Bioresource Technology
  6. Cardiovascular research
  7. Ceramics International
  8. Collnet Journal
  9. Current Science
  10. Down to Earth
  11. Dyes and Pigments
  12. Food Chemistry
  13. Food Technology Magazine
  14. Free Radical Biology & Medicine
  15. Indian Journal of Biochemistry & Biophysics
  16. Indian Journal of Biotechnology
  17. Indian Journal of Chemical Technology
  18. Indian Journal of Chemistry: A
  19. Indian Journal of Chemistry: B
  20. Indian Journal of Engineering & Materials Sciences
  21. Indian Journal of Experimental Biology
  22. Indian Journal of Geo Marine Sciences
  23. Indian Journal of Natural Products and Resources
  24. Indian Journal of Pure & Applied Physics
  25. Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge
  26. International Journal of Cast Metals Research
  27. Journal of Biosciences
  28. Journal of Chemical Sciences
  29. Journal of Earth System Science
  30. Journal of Environmental Engineering
  31. Journal of Food Composition and Analysis
  32. Journal of Food Engineering
  33. Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry
  34. Journal of Intellectual Property Rights
  35. Journal of Lipid Research
  36. Journal of nutrition
  37. Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research
  38. Nature
  39. Nature Chemistry
  40. Nature Materials
  41. Nature Medicine
  42. Proceedings of The Indian Academy of Science: Mathematical Sciences
  43. Resonance: Journal of Science Education
  45. Science
  46. Science Reporter
  47. Scientific American
  48. Tetrahedron Letters
  49. Transactions of The ASABE
  50. Waste Management and Research
  1. ASTM Standards
  2. Derwent Innovation Index
  3. Questel Q-Pat (for user account contact library)
  4. SciFinder (for user account contact library)
  5. Web of Science
  1. Current Science
  1. Ithenticate
  2. BioRender
  3. Grammarly


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Training /workshops are held periodically on:

  • Literature Search
  • Patent search
  • Reference management
  • Plagiarism
  • Research Evaluation
  • Spreadsheets and database
  • Academic writing
  • Academic Presentations & Posters
  • Academic Identity
  • Social media for researcher
  • Open Access & Institutional Repository

    Photography Service

    The NIIST Photographer, Nagasrinivasu, is based in KRC.
    Nagasrinivasu can be booked to photograph:

    • Events /conferences
    • Staff portraits
    • Objects
    • Publicity shots
    • Images for teaching, dissertations, essays, Publications and individual research

    Please fill-in the request form for availing the service

    Research Support

    Reference Management Softwares

    Reference management software, citation management software or personal bibliographic management software is software for scholars and authors to use for recording and utilising bibliographic citations.


    Zotero is a free, easy to use software which help the researchers to collect, save, manage and cite bibliographic information about the items (books, journal articles etc.) you find on the web.  It also works with word processing programs to help you easily cite your sources as you write.


    Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research


    EndNote is a commercial reference management software package, used to manage bibliographies and references when writing essays and articles. It is produced by Clarivate Analytics (previously Thomson Reuters).

    Citation Databases

    Web of Science

    Web of Science is an online subscription-based scientific citation indexing service originally produced by the Institute for Scientific Information, now maintained by Clarivate Analytics, that provides a comprehensive citation search

    Dr.Nishy P

    Dr.Nishy P

    Chief Scientist & Head
    • 0471-2515293
    • nishy[at]niist[dot]res[dot]in,
    Mr.Rahul L R

    Mr.Rahul L R

    Senior Technical Officer (1)
    • 0471-2515492
    • rahullr[at]niist[dot]res[dot]in,
    Mr.Nagasrinivasu G

    Mr.Nagasrinivasu G

    Senior Technician(2)
    • 0471-2515265
    • nagasrinivasu2004[at]yahoo[dot]co[dot]in,
    Mr.Pushpa Kumar K R Nair

    Mr.Pushpa Kumar K R Nair

    Lab Assistant
    • 0471-2515245
    • pushpakumar35[at]yahoo[dot]com,

    Dos and Do nots

    Please Do

    • Show the documents which are being taken out of the library, to the staff at the check point.
    • Contact the staff on duty/section staff for any queries.
    • Keep the Library premises tidy.
    • Make sure that you download the papers actually required by you.
    • The quantity of allowed downloading varies from publisher to publisher. Contact KRC personnel to seek clarification, if any.
    • Remember! E-access has been subscribed under an agreement with the publishers. Let’s make sure not to violate any agreement.

    Please Don’t

    • Waste more than half an hour to locate the documents. If you experience any difficulty in locating the required material, Please contact the Library Staff/librarian.
    • Move books/journals from its specific area to another area.
    • Replace the material: the library staff will do it for you. (Please remember the document misplaced is document lost)
    • Write in a book/journal unless it is your cheque book
    • Give borrowers cards to others.
    • Download papers that you might possibly require in future. The access to the required resources will continue. So, please don’t download unnecessary papers
    • Systematic downloading is strictly prohibited. The systematic downloading includes cover to cover download or bulk downloading from same journal/database.
    • Talk or discuss that will disturb other readers. Reading halls are meant for individual study only.
    • Leave personal papers and non-library materials unattended on tables.


    All regular scientists/officers, staff, project scientists/project assistants, student trainees of the institutes are authorised to use KRC. Retired employees can use KRC without borrowing facility. A valid library account is needed to be able to borrow materials from the library.


    Yes, loose journal can be borrowed except restricted and the most recent issues for a shorter duration of two days.

    All Scientists/officers and staff can submit their requests with all bibliographical details through their Divisional Heads.

    KRC resources data can be accessed through Open Public Access Catalogue (OPAC). You can search by author, title, subject, any field, new arrivals, patron and browse the items.

    Full-text electronic journals that are available under e-journal resources can be accessed through respective publishers’ web-links, provided at Institute web-page.

    For authorised users can access the resources from

    URL: http://ezproxy.niist.res.in:2048/login

    Personal books or other reading materials can be taken to library after getting the permission from the staff on duty.