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In 1976, the then Honorable Vice – Chancellor, Professor Malcom S. Adiseshiah (1975-1978) started Post Graduate courses in vernacular languages and literature in Marina Campus, subsequently these rare collections pertaining to these disciplines were shifted from Main Library to Marina Campus so as to establish a separate library viz. Marina Campus Library. Thus, it was the origin of Marina Campus Library and earlier it was known as Oriental Research Library.
The documents / books on Dravidian and Oriental Languages such as Arabic, Persian and Urdu, Hindi, Islamic studies, Kannada, Malayalam, Sanskrit, Tamil, and Telugu were shifted from Madras University Library to Marina Campus Library. Since from the establishment of this library it served well and established as one of the best library for the above said disciplines. It is to note that the wonderful library was established by the great scholar Dr. S.R. Ranganathan was a savant of library science, a creative library scientist, a teacher par excellence of library science – a benefactor to library organisation and service in nutshell he is known as father of library science.


The vision of the Library is to consolidate and deliver the global knowledge resources to the Vernacular and Dravidian language academics and researchers with applications of modern technology so as to achieve the status of one of the world best Vernacular and Dravidian languages and literatures Library.


It is to bring all the realms of literature related to vernacular languages and literatures to the fullest extent, so as to enhance the academic and research pursuits of the Marina Campus as well as to cater to the needs of the global academics and researchers of vernacular languages and literatures.