ICAR – CIRCOT Library Resources

Founded in 1924, CIRCOT has completed 96 years of service to cotton sector of the nation through its wide ranging research activities and technological support to cotton breeders and textile industry in qualitative evaluation of cotton varieties, yarn and fabric testing, ginning, spinning and agro-waste utilization using advanced bio-chemical processes on cotton seeds and cotton stalks.

The institute is affiliated to University of Mumbai as its post graduate center for M.Sc. / Ph.D in chemistry, physics, bio-physics and microbiology subjects since 1958.

Apart from research and education, this institute is a one of its kind skill development centre in cotton sector of India. ICAR-CIRCOT management is ISO 9001:2015 compliant and have  ISO/IC 17025:2005 ( NABL accreditation) certified Labs for testing cotton textiles. Also, pioneering in progressive trainings programs especially designed to suit the needs of human resources in cotton sector and textiles industries.

The institute library forms a hub of all above activities going on in the institute. Scientists and Technical Personnel, Research Associates working on different projects, students doing post-graduation under the guidance of scientists as well as Incubatees of Agri-Business Incubation centre (ABI) of the Institute are the prime readers of the Library. They rely on library for their scientific and technical references.  

Ready availability of right information at right time is a sole objective of Library and thus the library collection gets upgraded with books, journals, electronic resources that provides state-of-the-art reference literature relevant to R & D programs of the institute.

This Library is often referred by faculty members and students of nearby academic institutions such as VJTI, ICT, SNDT institutions and consultants / scholars doing R&D in Fibre science &Technology and Applied Textiles in any way.  

Given below the summary of Library resources available for use to its users ……


CIRCOT Library Resources

CIRCOT library holds scientific and technical books abreast on subjects viz. qualitative evaluation of fibres, yarn and fabric testing, physics, statistics, organic chemistry, applied microbiology, high end  instrumentation, cellulose and polymers, dyes & dyeing, spinning & weaving, pulp & paper science, wood science, advanced textile finishing, technical textiles, non-wovens & composites, ecofriendly treatments, scientific dictionaries, encyclopedias etc.

Library also possesses good collection of HINDI books viz. hindi vishwakosh (25 vols.), English-Hindi dictionaries, rajbhasha hindi prayog, administrative rules books, constitution of India, IPR, RTI, ayurveda & yoga, environment science, biographies of eminent personalities, novels, kavita evam ekanki etc.

The Library Books holding has reached to 7796 as on March 31, 2020.

In addition to conventional books collection, the Library also has following E-Book collection such as;

  1. Net library e-books (2011) by EBSCO publishers provides access to digital version of books 24 hours a days, seven days a week. Net library e-books on Patents, Copyrights & Trademarks are ready to read at  (24 E-books on office IP based access)
  2.  CAB eBooks DYNAMIC FRONT FILE (Titles cover from 2008 to 2011) – CAB eBooks are subject collections in agriculture and allied areas. The e-books database was subscribed under NAIP-CVC project in the year 2011. (150 E-books on CDROM available in library for reference use)
  3. Consortium for e-Resources in Agriculture (CeRA) –  ICARDKMA has arranged 1174 e-books along with 17 e-book series of Elsevier 24×7 accessible to ICAR institutions  (including regional stations) through via office IP address to access e-books from February’ 2017. The list of all accessible e-books/series along with quick guide for accessing e-books are attached herewith for your information.

This library comes under purview of ICAR-CIRCOT Consortia of electronic resources in Agriculture ie. CeRA since year 2001. Although J-Gate @CeRA e-journals collection encompasses most of the researchers reference needs in Agriculture allied area, CIRCOT library subscribes exclusively to some Fibre science journals that are not covered in CeRA but essential for institute on-going research works.

The Library Bound volumes of journals has reached up to 8108 as on March 31, 2020.

CIRCOT is a world renowned NABL accredited referral cotton testing laboratory in India and abroad for testing cotton textiles. The library has developed a good collection of textile testing standards over the years as follows;

1) BIS –TXD standards (with bi-monthly updates) – The Standardization in the field of textiles covering natural and man-made fibres and their products, dyestuffs, textile specialty chemicals, textile machinery, technical textiles and textile protective clothing from Bureau of Indian Standards, New Delhi. (standalone version – access available in the library)  

2) TAPPI Standards – The Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry’s Test Methods are testing procedures and related practices used in the measurement, evaluation, and description of pulp, paper, and related products. TAPPI Technical Information Papers (TIPs) are documents containing specialized information (e.g., data, software, calculations) used in the manufacture, evaluation and description of pulp, paper, and related products, written in a standardized format readily useable by the industry. (Log in/Password based access)

3) AATCC Test Methods –American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists evaluation procedures focus on biological properties, colorfastness, dyeing properties, identification and analysis, and physical properties. The Association is internationally recognized for its standard methods of testing dyed and chemically treated fibers and fabrics to measure and evaluate such performance characteristics as colorfastness to light and washing, durable press, soil release, shrinkage, water resistance and the many other conditions to which textiles may be subjected. (Year 2018 print version available in the library)

4) ASTM Standards – American Society for Testing and Materials Volumes

(A) Textiles 07.01 & 07.02 Year 2019

These  standards covers over 335 textile-related standards covering the characteristics, properties, nomenclature, and uses of textiles. These tests, practices, and specifications cover: • Apparel and fabric • Care labeling • Chemical conditioning and performance • Cotton, yarn, fibers, wool, and felt • Flammability and flame-resistance • Glass fiber • Home furnishings • Inflatable restraints • Non-woven fabric • Pile floor coverings • Subassemblies, such as zippers, hooks, and loops • Tire cord and fabrics. Volume 07.02 also contains standard body measurement charts used for the sizing of apparel for men, women, children, and infants; standard guidelines for care labeling of apparel and other textile products; standards for UV protective fabrics and clothing; and a practice for stitches and seams, which has replaced the Federal standard for apparel end item stitch and seam structures used worldwide by government and industry textile organizations

(B)Occupational Health and Safety; Protective Clothing 11.03 Year 2014

These  standards covers standard practices and guides look at the health and safety aspects of various working environments. Standards also cover hazard communications and the safe handling of metal working fluids. Protective Clothing—standards evaluate the performance of biological, chemical, physical, flame-resistant, and thermal protective clothing.

(C) Space Simulation; Aerospace and Aircraft; Composite Materials 15.03 Year 2015

These  standards covers Space Simulation —specifications and practices cover contamination of cleanrooms and controlled environments, space simulation, and thermal protection. Aerospace and Aircraft —standards deal with cleaning materials, flammability, contamination, hydrogen embrittlement, transparent enclosures, and materials. Composite Materials—test methods assess properties of high modulus fibers, interlaminar properties, laminates, sandwich construction, and structural test methods.

 Apart from above, we have 316 various Indian and international standards purchased for qualitative evaluation and chemical processing of textiles (selective 120 ISO stds. on CDROM), wood based panels/ fibre boards (selective ISO/TC Stds. on CDROM), paper boards and pulp (ISO handbook), protective clothing, antimicrobial activity, particle size determination, Nanotechnology etc. (selective  ASTM/ ISO/TC Stds. on CDROM)  

1) Analytical Abstracts – Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) product is the premier specialist database and essential web resource for researchers interested in analytical and bio-analytical science. It includes bibliographic Abstracts from over 100 publications in the fields of Clinical Medicine: Toxicology, Life & Biomedical Sciences: Biochemistry & Biophysics; Cell Biology; Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Physics. (Analytical Abstracts 1980 to November 2010 – CDROM is available in library)

2) World Textile Abstracts – Elsevier product contains Textile Resource with Data from 1970 to 2009 available in bibliographic format. It provides coverage of more than 200 international journals and provides archival coverage of several hundred additional journal titles, books and reports. More than 370,000 records are available from 1970 onwards with an additional 12,500+ new citations and abstracts added annually till year 2009. (World Textile Abstracts 1970 to October 2009 – CDROM is available in library)

3) INDIA PATENTS:  An easily searchable bibliographic database prepared by Patents Infos, Chennai containing more than 60,000 Indian Patents covering the period from 1971 to 2012 with powerful search software for search and retrieval are maintained on a CDROM. (INDIA PATENTS 1971 to 2012 – CDROM is available in library)

4) ICAC documents on CDROM – The Library has procured CDROM in the year 2012 from   International Cotton Advisory Committee, USA. It includes all issues of:-Cotton:  Review of the World Situation in English, Cotton This Month, Cotton this week, THE   ICAC RECORDER (March 1989 to 2012), all statistics appearing in COTTON: WORLD STATISTICS (1924 to 2012), WORLD TEXTILE DEMAND (1970 to 2012), WORLD COTTON TRADE (1970 to 2012), the Proceedings, the country Statements and the Technical Seminars from the plenary meetings (from 1989 to year 2012). It features two studies: Survey of the Cost of Production of Raw Cotton and Survey of Cotton Production Practices, and many more ICAC publications / reports. Recently following E-Database from ICAC, Washington, USA has been procured.

  • World Cotton Statistics (2019) includes a large workable Excel spread sheet. 
  • ICAC Cotton Databook (2019) Over the past 30 years, the technical information section of the ICAChas been publishing three major triennial reports: ‘Cotton Production Practices’, ‘Cost of Production of Raw Cotton’, and ‘Structure of Cotton Research, Input Supply & Transfer of Technology’.For the first time, those three publications have been compiled into a massive new cotton industry resource, ‘The 2020 Cotton Data Book.’ The 224-page digital book provides detailed data on the cotton industries of the top 38 countries and features more than 40 charts, tables and graphs to help illustrate the information.
  • World Cotton Trade (2019)

5) is one among the 56 associate websites of providing a bibliographic + full text database on agriculture statistics of India. The access of has been provided on CeRA platform for the year 2020 will give you access to the agriculture related data only. It is a portal of state specific sites. District level data where ever available can also be viewed.  The exhaustive compiled data can be accessed and downloaded in MS-Excel/HTML format at

 6) ICAR J-Gate @CeRA Launched in 2001, J-Gate @CeRA provides seamless access to millions of journal articles available online offered by 13,209 Publishers. It presently has a massive database of journal literature, indexed from 47,006 e-journals with links to full text at publisher sites. J-Gate also support electronic document delivery, archiving and other related services. It gives Table of Contents (TOC) For 47,006 e-journals along with comprehensive searchable database with 50,669,188 articles, with 10,000+ articles added every day at

Journal Archives include complete runs of journals. It gives easy web access to millions of articles via a simple user interface and article viewer. It offers search by author, article title, journal title across the full text and specify dates, volumes, issues or start page to narrow down the results and view online or download articles as PDFs. Library has IP based perpetual online access to back file archive of 3 core refereed journals in Textiles field viz.

1) The Journal of the Textile Institute (archives year 1910-1996) concern research and innovation, reflecting the professional interests of the Textile Institute in science, engineering, economics, management and design related to the textile industry and the use of fibres in consumer and engineering applications.

2) Textile Progress (archives year 1969-1996) is a monographic series which since 1969, has provided critical examinations of the origins and application of developments in the international fibre, textile and apparel industry, and its products.

 3) Textile Research Journal (archives  1931 – 1996) Textile Research Journal includes research on: fibers, fibrous assemblies, textiles, and other fiber-based materials such as nonwovens including novel, non-traditional applications, such as in technical textiles, reinforced composites, geotextiles, personal care products, filtration, transportation, health care and biomaterials, smart, intelligent and Nano-applications.

 Dear Readers,

I hereby appeal to all readers to tap the above library resources to the fullest. 

Kindly report immediately if any discrepancies found in the online access.

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