Acharya J. C. Bose founded the Institute in 1917, with the purpose of investigating fully "the many and ever opening problems of the nascent science which includes both life and non-life". Acharya Bose s early career included many marvelously inventive and pioneering experiments on electromagnetism which, in J. J. Thomson s words, marked "the dawn of the revival in India, of interest in researches in the Physical Sciences", and on the commonality of the response of plants and inorganic materials to electric and mechanical stimuli. Those early successes lay behind the stated purpose. Bose s successors remained true to that purpose.
The Bose Institute Library, a national pride, was founded by Sir Jagadis Chandra Bose in the year 1917. It is a special science reference Library, primarily meant for the use of its research staff i.e. faculty members and research scholars and staff of the Institute. It is also frequently used by the faculty members and research scholars of other Institutes and Universities located in Kolkata.and West Bengal. A new wing of the Library has been opened at "Acharya J.C. Bose Centenary Campus" at Kankurgachi, Kolkata in the year 1983.
The Library, besides having a huge collection of books on physical and biological science offers library services through its various Divisions. The Systematic Accession Register was started in this Library from 1937. First name that auspicious book was "Space, Time and Gravitation" by A.S. Eddington (1929).
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