The MGI Library is a remarkable information resource comprising of more than 112,000 items including books, e-books, journals, newspapers, online databases, photographs, videos, CDs, DVDs, theses, private collections and manuscripts.
General Book Collection
The General Book Collection comprises some 55,000 volumes in English and French languages covering the following main fields of studies: Oriental Philosophy, Religion, Education, Social Sciences, Languages and Linguistics, Fine Arts, Indian Music and Dance, Literature and History.
Asian Languages Collection
The MGI Library holds a unique and comprehensive collection of about 52,000 books in Asian Languages distributed as follows:
- Hindi 28,000
- Tamil 6,000
- Urdu 6,000
- Telugu 5,500
- Marathi 4,000
- Mandarin 2,200
- Sanskrit 300
This Collection comprises of more than 2,500 books on Mauritius and/or written by Mauritian authors, in various languages (English, French, Mauritian Creole, Hindi, Tamil, Urdu, Telugu, Marathi and Mandarin) and covers a wide range of subjects. The Mauritiana Collection is extensively used for research purposes and is available for onsite consultation only.
The Gandhiana Collection is a showcase of Mahatma Gandhi’s works and consists of 1,800 books written by; and; or about; Mahatma Gandhi. This Collection includes the 100 volumes of the collected works of Mahatma Gandhi in English and Hindi.
The Library subscribes to some 50 printed periodical titles consisting of scholarly journals, popular magazines and local newspapers. Periodicals and newspapers are available for library use only and are generally not loaned out of the Library.
Mediatheque Space (Audiovisual Collection)
The Audiovisual Collection consists of audio tapes, videotapes, CDs, DVDs and CD-ROMs. The collection includes a wide variety of music styles, soundtracks, audiobooks, documentaries, movies and much more. The Library also holds audio and video recordings of programmes, lectures, talks, forums, conferences and activities organized by the Mahatma Gandhi Institute. Users can access the Collection in the Mediatheque Space of the Library.
The MGI Library offers free access to EBSCO online database to its members. Library users can access, read and download some 15,000 e-books and e-journals on a 24/7 basis.
The MGI E-Library was launched on Friday 26 April 2019 and aims at improving the services the MGI Library offers to students and to other information seekers by providing online access to a wide range of digital contents. Presently, the E-Library is accessible within the MGI Campus and users can browse, read and download e-books, e-journals, press articles, dissertations, and past exam papers.
Hindustani Prachar Sabha
This Collection, donated by the Hindustani Prachar Sabha (Mumbai), comprises of 1,646 books (1,357 in Hindi, 144 in Urdu and 145 in English) covering a wide range of subjects such as Journalism, Philosophy, Religion, Social Science, Political Science, Education, Language, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Biography and History.
The Hindustani Prachar Sabha (HPS) was founded by Mahatma Gandhi in 1942 to promote “Hindustani” (a sweet amalgam of simple Hindi and simple Urdu using both the Devnagari and Urdu scripts) as the common medium of communication among the people of India. The HPS has undertaken a Library Project of establishing libraries in different educational and social institutions of repute or strengthening their existing library by giving books to each library.
This Collection has some 200 books, 38 files comprising of personal and official correspondences and papers of Late Ambassador C. Jesseramsing, press articles on socio-economic and political development of Mauritius and 39 original photographs of Late Ambassador Jesseramsing with eminent personalities.