Finding Books & Documents

KCHR library have brought all the documents under computerized bibliographic control using SOUL software. Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) search is provided to readers. Users can save valuable time on using  KCHR OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue) for books, magazines, journals, articles and non -book materials.


Books / Thesis

Following are the access point to search on Books and Thesis database of SOUL.

Title Search / Quick Search:

Type the title of book in full or part. If there are any hits, list of Titles and their Call numbers, Accession numbers and Status will be displayed. As one enters a character, the System will display all titles containing that character. As more characters are entered, the list of titles will go on reducing.

Free Text Search:

Free Text Search is the easy and common use of searching documents. Free Text Search facility is provided to conduct search using a word/text contained in Title, Author, Subject or Publisher. Enter desired word/text in search field and click search button or press Alt and S keys together. The System will display number of hits for each field i.e. Title, Author, Subject, Publisher. For example:-

Double Click on Corresponding field to see further details.

Command Buttons and Functions:

Exit: This is meant for exiting from the 'Free Text Search' option and go into Main Menu.

Help: By clicking Help button or pressing Alt and H keys together, one can view the Help.



Over 95% of the library collections are available directly from the shelves. Others belong to the  closed access materials category – These include letters, diaries, maps, articles, CDs, and other non- book materials. The library staff will offer assistance in  finding the material for you. KCHR library contains over 10,000  books besides, other documents. These are categorized into:-

  •          General collection of books, reference documents, articles, maps, CDs, DVDs
  •          K N Pannikar’s collection of general books, reference documents, articles, letters, reprint material
  •          Archives of Malayali family histories
  •          Archives of Malayali biographies
  •          Archives of Local history
  •          Archives of Kamala Surayya’s literary works
  •          Archives of Mrs. C P Matthen’s personal letters and diaries
  •          Magazines and Journals
  •          Bound volumes of journals 

Having found an available item on the Catalogue, members must note the CALL NUMBER, which could be found  on the spine label of the book as this helps in  locating the book.

  •          In case of General Collection of books, the Call number is preceded by ‘G’, which is  on the spine label of the book.
  •          In K N Pannikar’s collection, the Call number is preceded by ‘PAN’, found on the spine label of the book.
  •          In case of Archives of Malayali Family Histories, the Call number is preceded by ‘F’, which is also on the spine label of the book.
  •          In case of Archives of Malayali Biographies, the Call number is preceded by ‘B’, which is also on the spine label of the book.
  •          In the case of Archives of local history,  the Call number is preceded by ‘LH’, which is also on the spine label of the book.
  •          On the other hand, in case of Articles and reprint collections, the accession number is preceded by ‘RP’.

Classification of books

Dewey decimal classification 19th (Internationally accepted scheme of classification) is followed.

To locate a book

See the classification numbers given under the major headings.

Arrangement of books

Books are grouped on the basis of subject and arranged according to the alphabetical sequence of the authors names.

Current periodicals

A number of national and international periodicals are available. They are arranged as a separate section.

Bound periodicals

Bound periodicals are also arranged separately.