RC Guidelines

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The Samata foundation is equipped with Resource Center which was established in 2011. Samata Resource Center has a wide range of literatures on Dalit and Social Inclusion issues. In addition, it also has a collection of books on caste-based-discrimination published both in Nepal and South Asian Regions. The books are available in languages such as Nepali, English and Hindi. The Resource Center aims at providing reference services to researchers, scholars, academicians, students, media persons, activists and other interested individuals. It has gradually been taking momentum to be a Dalit Knowledge Bank.
The Samata Resource Center provides membership to its users with nominal fees. The membership categories are ordinary, student and temporary. To become a member of the Resource Center, one needs to fill out the application firm. The Resource Center has taken strategy of not lending the books at home to its users. Officials at Resource Center will help its members to receive the books from shelves.
The Resource Center is a member of various online journals. Members can access these journals at free of cost. The reading room is equipped with computers to provide users with access to in-house and online resources. Moreover, the Resource center has access to multimedia kits for example, films, documentaries, videos etc. These multimedia resources can be viewed with ease in the computers of the Resource center.
The Samata foundation has been purchasing books with financial assistance from various funding partners. It also receives the books from individual donors. However, it believes on the contribution of its members for the sustainability. Thus, the Resource Center humbly requests you to donate the books, journals, thesis/dissertations and other relevant documents on Dalit and Social Inclusion to enrich its services.
Opening & Closing Time
10:00-17:00 (Summer)
09:00-16:00 (Winter)

Remains Closed on Public Holidays

 Terms and Conditions of the Resource Center

1)    SAMATA resource center provide reference services only.
2)    All personal belongings, e.g., bags, briefcases, books, etc, should be deposited in the Deposit Rack of the Resource    Center.
3)    Junk foods are not allowed in the Resource Center
4)    All visitors and members shall register their detail information while entering the Resource Center.
5)    Members who damage borrowed book or deface it in any way will be required to replace it at their own expense or (if a replacement is not available in the local market) pay 4 times the cost of the book.
6)    SAMATA Resource Center is smoke and noise-free zone.
7)    Cell phone shall be put into silence mode while using Resource Center.
8)    The Library shall provide photocopy services at the rate of NPR 2 per print upon the request of the members.


1)    Annual membership fee is NPR 500 for a General Member and NPR 300 for a Student Member. Temporary membership fee for a period of one month is NPR 100.
2)    If any temporary member wants to become a regular member before the end of the month, an annual fee of NPR 400 for general members and NPR 200 for students shall be charged.
3)    Anyone, who donates their University Thesis and Dissertation to the SAMATA Resource Center, shall receive 50% discount on membership charge, after acquisition of such document from the Resource Center.
4)    Institutional membership shall be NPR 2,000 per year.
5)    Members who have not renewed their membership shall not be allowed to use the resources at the Resource Center.
6)    Members shall require producing their membership cards while using the Resource Center.
7)    The membership card is not transferable.

Rules of Samata Resource Center

1)    Samata Resource Center is a reference Library.
2)    All personal belongings, e.g., bags, briefcases, books, Pen drives etc, should be deposited in the deposit Rack of the Library.
3)    All visitors and Library members are expected to sign in during entry.
4)    The Library opens daily from 10 am to 5 pm except on Saturday and selected government holidays.

Terms and Conditions of Library use:

1)    The Library operates on a ‘closed-access’ basis. No member may, without permission of a member of the Library staff, enter any part of the Library not normally open to members, or introduce visitors into the reading room.
2)    Members are not allowed to enter the Stack Rooms. They can search the computerised databases with the help of the Library staff or ask the staff themselves to do so. They can also search for information on the required books, documents, journals, etc, in the public catalogue cards or in the printed bibliographies and catalogues of the Library.
3)    Members can note down the call no(s) of the required book(s), document(s), etc, and give the same to the staff for retrieving the required books, documents, etc, from the stacks
4)    The Library will issue only three (3) books or journals at a time for reading inside the reading room.
5)    Members are strictly prohibited from using their own pens and paper while reading the Library books. The Library provides its own paper and pencils to users for writing, if needed.
6)    Members can use their own laptops but the Library will not be liable for any damage to the computers due to power fluctuations input or theft. Laptops cannot be left overnight in the Library.
7)    Members are allowed to bring their books into the Library for reading, but they are required to show those books to the Library staff first and enter the names of the books in the External Book Register.
8)    The Library provides conditional photocopy services at a rate fixed by the Library.
9)    The Library’s internet service is meant only for accessing available online journal sites and databases.
10)     Articles can be downloaded by members for their personal use and as per the rules of the access site. The Library provides CD-burning service for downloaded articles at the rate of Rs 20 per CD as service charge. Blank CDs are provided by the Library for Rs 20 each. Any member who wants to download articles into their pen/flash/thumb drives may do so without extra charge.
11)     The Library provides conditional printing services for downloaded articles at a rate fixed by the Library.
12)     Members who damage a borrowed volume or deface it in any way will be required to replace it at their own expense or (if a replacement is not available in the local market) pay 4 times the cost of the item.
13)     Any member found stealing or defacing book(s), accessing restricted information in the library computer network or violating other Library Rules will be barred from membership to the Library in addition to being made to replace the book(s). The Library reserves the right to publicise the names of such individuals.
14)     No member may enter the reading room before opening time and all members must leave the Library by closing time.
15)     No member may engage in conversation or in conduct that causes inconveniences, annoyance or offense to others in the reading room.
16)     No food or drink is allowed in the reading room.
17)     Smoking is prohibited inside the Library premises.
18)     No pets are allowed into the reading room.
19)     All members/visitors are requested to switch off their cellphones or put them in silent mode while using the library.

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