The IIC Library's collections encompass a rich and varied universe of printed volumes, few digital resources, maps, media and rare book materials. Its print collection is nearing 50,000 and about 2000 media collection, besides the rare book collection. It has about 195 magazines, academic journals, national and international newspapers.
The Library is known for its collections’ strength in social sciences and humanities. Besides General books, the subject collection are in the fields of Philosophy, Psychology & Religion, Social Sciences, Sociology & Anthropology, Statistics, Political Science and International Relations, Economics, Law, Public Administration & Military Science, Social Problems & Social Services, Education, Commerce, Communications & Transportation, Customs, Etiquette & Folklore, Language, Linguistics & Literature. A few books on Pure Science subjects; Technology; Medicine & Health; Engineering; Agriculture. Home & Family Management, Management & Public Relations, Arts, Architecture, Sculpture, Decorative Arts, Paintings, Graphic Arts, Photography, Music, Sports, Games &Entertainment, History, Geography, Maps & Travel, Biography & Genealogy.
The India Collection consists of rare books, maps and documents on British India numbering about 3000. The books cover a wide range of subjects including British Books on Indian history, archaeology, art and architecture, geography, natural sciences, medicine and medical history. One collection is particularly rich in personal accounts and memoirs. Translations from original Persian works relating to Mughal history are also a part of the collection. Most of the books were published between the 17th to 20th centuries. The earliest publication in the collection is a valuable edition of Philip Baldaeus’ ‘True and Exact Description of the Most Celebrated East India Coasts of Malabar and Coromandel' printed in 1672. Also included is Col. Tod's ‘Annals of Rajasthan’ which was published in 1829. The collection has books authored by Mildred Archer, B.H. Baden Powell, A.L. Basham, J. Bradshaw, Percy Brown, R. Forbes, M. Wheeler and others. There is also a valuable collection of journals, newspapers, dictionaries and lexicons on various Indian languages and dialects. Some of the books in India Collection are also available in electronic form that has been placed on ‘CALIBRE’ an e-book management software and can be accessed within IIC Library.
Himalayan Club Collection
The Himalayan Collection has about 550 old and new books on mountaineering, sports, travels and adventures, atlases, maps and on subjects pertaining to the Himalayan ecology and people. Famous books authored by William Douglas, L.J. Mackintosh, Markham Frederick, Fanny Parks, Giuseppe Tucci and F.E. Young Husband are part of this collection.
A special section of reference and rare books on Indian studies donated by Sayeed Bilgrami is called the Bilgrami Collection. It has about 700 books on history, travels, biography, literature, philosophy, religion, customs and folklore.
Walter Sykes George Collection
The Library holds the precious collection of Walter Sykes George who was an English architect and worked in India during the first half of the 20th century. He was part of the team of Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker who designed New Delhi, the new capital of India. Walter George and his colleagues helped to establish the first training facility for architects in North India and the Department of Architecture came into existence as part of the Delhi Polytechnic at Kashmiri Gate in 1942. He has been instrumental in designing the first theatre ‘Regal’ at Connaught Place, New Delhi and several other projects including Sujan Singh Park, Ambassador Hotel etc. The Library in collaboration with IGNCA has completed the documentation work developed on Excel sheet having 2356 objects in 30 packets which contains high resolution images including thumb nail images and their description. The collection has also been conserved and preserved in special boxes created for the purpose.
Dr C. D. Deshmukh Collection
The Library is also in the possession of about 1200 photographs collected by Dr C. D. Deshmukh, the first President of India International Centre. Besides, the collection contains correspondence, press clippings, cartoons appearing in leading newspapers and magazines, personal diaries, awards convocation gown or robe used by Dr.Deshmukh, awards and medals including commendation letters and miscellaneous papers and files. A comprehensive documentation work has been undertaken by the Library.