Library and Reference Service

The Meghalaya Legislative Assembly Secretariat has a fairly well equipped Library for the use of members of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly and remains open during office hours on all working days, During Sessions of the Assembly its working hour are change according to the exigencies of the requirement.

The Library has, 21,180 books, which have been indented and classified according to the Dewey Decimal Scheme of Classification. The collection covers a wide range of subjects including Law & Parliamentary Affairs, History, Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Literature and Novel Section. The Library has automated its collection using E-Granthalaya, a software provided by the NIC. Besides, the holding of the Library include reports of different Committees and Commissions, Central & State Acts, Rules and Regulations, Gazettes of the State Government, Debates of Indian Legislature etc. The selection of books is based on the suggestions of the Library Committee. Preference is proposed to be given to the selection of books of parliamentary and constitutional interest.

Quick reference is available to the Members of the Legislature. As an aid to reference work the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly maintains press clipping services and documentation work on all current and important subjects. The clippings include editorial articles and news items of important newspapers. The press clippings, like other reference literature in the library are not issued out. They can only be consulted in the Library.

Members of the legislature and the Gazetted Officers of Government Department only are provided with the facility of borrowing books from this Library. No subscription is charged. Bonafide Research Scholars however will be allowed to use the library for the purpose of study only, after first obtaining permission from the Secretary.

The issue of books from the library is regulated by a set of rules which may be seen in Part II of this book.

Periodicals, Newspapers, Magazines




In - Journal

  1. Journal of N.E.C
  2. Journal of Parliamentary Information
  3. L.S. Journal
  4. Journal of Parliamentary & Constitutional Studies

Law Journals

  1. Supreme Court Journal
  2. All India Services Law Journal
  3. Criminal Law Journal
  4. N.E. Judgements

Local Newspapers (English)

  1. Meghalaya Guardian
  2. Shillong Times
  3. The Sentinel
  4. Eastern Chronicle
  5. The Telegraph
  6. Highland Post
  7. Meghalaya Times

Local Newspapers(Khasi)

  1. Rupang
  2. Mawphor
  3. Peitngor
  4. Nongsain Hima
  5. Kynjatshai

Local Newspapers (Garo)

  1. Salantini Janera

National News Paper

  1. Times of India
  2. Indian Express
  3. Telegraph
  4. Statesman
  5. Hindu
  6. Economic Times
  1. Meghalaya Gazette
  2. India Today
  3. Reader Digest
  4. National Geographic
  5. The Week


Short title Commencement.


These Rules shall be called the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly Rules.



They shall come into force at once.



In these Rules :- (a) 'Assembly Library' herein after referred to as the 'Library' means the Library of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly, Shillong. (b) 'Members' means a member of the Legislative Assembly. (c) 'Secretary' means the Secretary to the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly. (d) 'Assembly' means the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.

Section of Library.


  1. The Library shall offer facilities for study and research also arrangements for lending books to the members of the Assembly.
  2. The Library shall consists of two sections, namely the lending section and the reference section. (c) Books shall be issued on Loan only from the lending section. All books kept in the reference section shall not be issued under any circumstances.

Working Hours.


  1. The Library shall open during the inter-session on all working days, except Saturdays and holidays, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  2. Provided that during sessions of the Assembly, its working hours may be fixed by the Secretary with due regards to the working hours of the Assembly Secretariat.

Use of the Library.


  1. No person except members shall be entitled to use members' Reading room.
  2. Magazines and Newspapers kept in the member Reading room are not to be removed under any circumstances.

Admission to the Library.


  1. The following classes of person may also use the Library for the purpose of study and reference, namely :-
    1. All members of the Parliament representing the state of Meghalaya ;
    2. Officers and staff of the Meghalaya Assembly Secretariat ;
    3. Officers and Heads of the Department of the Government of Meghalaya as authorised by the Secretary, Meghalaya Legislative Assembly ;
    4. Subject to Assembly Library Rules and Library facilities for study and research in any Parliamentary subject as may be authorised by the Secretary with the approval of the Speaker ;
    5. Accredited press reporters or representatives of Newspapers as may be authorised by the Secretary with the approval of the Speaker during the session ;
  2. Books may also be lent to officers and staff of the Assembly Secretariat under specific authority of the Secretary.

Restriction in Library.


The use of the Library shall be subject to the following restrictions :-

  1. Silence shall be strictly observed in the library ;
  2. Sticks, umbrella, Newspaper, books, boxes, and other receptacles and such other articles as are prohibited by the Library staff shall be left at the main entrance ;
  3. Smoking in the Library is strictly prohibited.
  4. No person shall write upon, underline, make any mark, or in any other manner deface or damage any book, manuscripts, maps belonging to the Library ;
  5. Persons using the Library shall, before leaving it, return to the library of his assistant the books, manuscript maps or papers which they had taken for reference.
Issue of Book Library. 9.
  1. Books may be issued from the Library on loan at a time for a period not exceeding fifteen days, but under no circumstances shall any book remain with the member for more than one month.
  2. Not more than two books shall be issued on loan to a member. However, in a special circumstances a member will be entitled to borrow additional two books during the session for a period of seven days. The member shall be responsible for the returns of books to the Library after expiry of the before said period.
  3. In the event of a book or other publication issued on Loan to a member required for any important or urgent purpose or reference the Librarian may recall it at any time and it is incumbent on the member to return the same.
  4. only one book at a time may be issued to entitled person under rule 7(b).
  1. Any member requiring a book or other publication which has been issued may get his name registered with the Librarian in a register kept for the purpose and it shall be the duty of the Librarian to supply such books other publication to a member in order of priority.
  2. books from the Library shall be issued against library cards only.
  3. each member will be given two Library Cards on the basis of which books will be issued. If one book is issued, the member shall hand over one of his cards, and two books are issued at the same time, both the cards shall be handed over to the Assistant/Library Attendent. These cards will be given back to check at the time of return of the books.
  4. No books shall be issued to any member who does not produce and handover his cards against which books may be issued.
  5. The validity of the cards shall be determined by the secretary.
Duration of book and periodical. 11. If a book or other publication is not issued returned to the Library after the expiry of the date on which the book was due for return, the librarian shall request the member concerned to return the same. But after a lapse of reasonable period of time and the book is not returned, the Librarian shall issue a reminder giving the member concerned fifteen days to return the book failing which it shall be assured that the book is lost, and necessary step shall be taken to recover the cost price thereof.
Book damaged. 12
  1. A member shall be responsible for any damage caused to the books, reports or other Library property lent to him and shall be required to replace such books or property, or to pay requistion charges thereof.
  2. when borrowing a book member shall satisfy himself that the book lent to him is in good condition. If it is not, he shall immediately bring the matter to the notice of the Librarian or in his absence, the person in-charge of the Library lest he be held liable for the damage. Once a book is accepted by a member, it shall be presume to be in good condition.
  3. when the cost price of any book lost or not returned or damaged is to be recovered from a member, a requisition shall be issued to the member requiring him to pay the price within ten days from the date of receipt of such requisition. Such requisition shall be issued under the signature of the Secretary may proceed to recover the same either from his pay bill through a retrenchment slip to be issued by the Accountant General.
Certain. 13.
  1. Encyclopedia, Dictionaries, Books on Art, categories Painting and other Illustrated Books, Rare Books, in Volumes, Books out print, Books of Reference, Costly Books Files or Newspaper ( current and back number), shall be kept in the Reference Section, and shall not be issued on any pretext whatsoever. The books kept in the Reference Section are to be used exclusively for the purpose of reference inside the Library. Provided that the member may requisition any books kept in the Reference Section for use inside the House during sessions, and such book may be issued only on the specific authority of the Secretary. The member shall return the book immediately to the Librarian before the House rises for the day. In case of non-return of the book, the value of the book or the set thereof shall be realised from the member.
  2. Books reports pertaining to a Bill or resolution or other matter which is either under discussion or is to come up before the House may not be loaned from the library so long as the matter is pending consideration the house.
  3. New books or publications other than those mentioned in sub-para (a) above will be displayed in a separate self marked "New Arrivals" and shall not be issued until after one month of their having been so displayed.
Books be issued to member on authorisation. 14. In case a member is unable to come to the library himself he may obtain books, report etc, on loan through an authorised agent provided that in such cases the book may be issued subject to the provision of Rules 10.
Physical verification of Library. 15.
  1. There shall be a physical verification to the stock of library after session, or at any time, if it is considered necessary by the Library committee or the Speaker, and during this period no books will be issued to members.
  2. The physical verification should be done preferably by an independent authority to be nominated by the Speaker.
Suggestions book 16
  1. A suggestion book shall be kept in the Library welcome suggestions from the members of the legislature for the improvement of the Library.
  2. A visitor's Book shall be maintained welcoming suggestions and comments from distinguished visitors.
Strangers not accessible to the Library. 17. No person except those permitted under these rules shall have access to the Library.
  18. The librarian will be held liable for any book found missing on physical verification and which has not been issued to any person.