M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987. The Foundation aims to accelerate use of modern science for sustainable agricultural and rural development. MSSRF focuses specifically on tribal and rural communities with a pro-poor, pro-women and pro-nature approach. The Foundation applies appropriate science and technology options to address practical problems faced by rural populations in agriculture, food and nutrition.
The Boothalingam Library was established on January 6, 1994 opened by Mathuram Boothalingam. The primary mission of the library is to support the educational and research programs of the institute by providing physical and intellectual access to information, consistent with the present and the anticipated educational and research functions of the institute. In accordance with the objectives of the institute, the library aims to develop a comprehensive collection of documents useful for the faculty and the research community of the institute.
The library offers services such as Reference Services, Referral Service, User Guidance Service, Circulation Service and CDROM search services including Document Delivery Service, Weekly display of recent additions of books, Photocopy Service etc.
The library has been using the AUTOLIB an Integrated Library Management software package with all the modules for the library housekeeping operations. The library Online Catalogue database has more than 19560 records of books (Bibliographic Information) and information about 3265 back volumes of periodicals. Using AUTOLIB OPAC, users can search the Library Online Catalogue by Author, Title, Subject, and keywords. Also, the users can know the latest additions of periodicals and books and the status of a document (whether on shelf or on issue). Reservation of a book can be done Online.