The Mahatma Gandhi University Library is situated on the main campus of the University at Athirampuzha, 14 km away from Kottayam town, on the top of the Priyadarshini hills. The University Library was started in 1989 under the supervision of a Special Officer, Prof. K A Isaac, former University Librarian and Prof. & Head, Dept of Library & Information Science, University of Kerala. The Library, from its infancy, has taken keen initiatives and attention to develop in modern lines, including the application of ICT in its activities and services. MGU Library and Information System consist of University Central Library, more than 30 libraries of the departments/schools and 4 study centres situated on different campuses.
The Library is a member of the INFLIBNET Centre, Ahmedabad (INFormation and LIBrary NETwork), an Inter-University Centre of the University Grants Commission. INFLIBNET Centre support has improved the quality and relevance of University Information Services. The University Library is a fully automated system using the Open Source Software KOHA for the In- house Management. It is also an Institutional member of the DELNET (Developing Library Network, New Delhi). As a member of these networks, the library provides access to the resources of other major libraries in the nation to its users.
The Mahatma Gandhi University was one of the first fifty Universities to come under the UGC-Infonet Programme. Through UGC-Infonet E-journals Consortium, the Library has access to more than 3100 e-journals, JSTOR and databases, including ISID and Web of Science. The Library also has access to major online databases such as SciFinder -n-CAS, EBSCO Academic Search Premier, Empire Online, SCC Online etc. and back volumes of the journals published by major publishers like Sage Online, Wiley International, Cambridge online and Springer online. The Mahatma Gandhi University (MGU) won the State IT award in 2009 in the e-learning category for its University Online Theses Digital Library. With the launching of the Mahatma Gandhi University Online Theses Digital Library, it has become the first Indian University to adopt Open Access of its Doctoral Research theses to academics worldwide through www.mgutheses.in.
The University Library has a collection of 71,106 books, 7754 e-books, 3659 theses and 8950 bound volumes of journals. In addition, the library subscribes to 96 journals, of which 29 are foreign journals of international standard, 9 Online Databases and 4 Online Journal Archives.