Chittagong Independent University (CIU) is a newly approved Private University under the Private Universities Act 2010 mandated by University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.
CIU started its journey in 1999 as the Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB), Chittagong Campus. Since inception the institution established itself as an academic hub for the corporate world. Due to legislative changes in the beginning of 2010, the erstwhile Chittagong Campus of CIU applied for functioning as an autonomous University and received it approval on February 6, 2013 under the name of Chittagong Independent University (CIU).
Chittagong Independent University (CIU) library was established in 1999. From the very beginning, this library has been contributing as center of excellence and learning hub for students, faculty, administrative staffs and researchers of Chittagong. Initially, the library was only housed in a room of Campus-1, Minhaz Complex, 12, Jamal Khan Road, Chittagong. Subsequently it was extended due to rapidly growing students. Till moving towards new accommodation the library was 3169.1 square feet with a combination of reading room and Electronic Resources Center. In the new accommodation at Ruksana Manjil, Campus – 3, 16 Jamal Khan Road, Chittagong. The library is 6777.54sft with a seating capacity of 350 students.
The Library is truly the heart of CIU. It has been growing with the young university constantly serving the vibrant community of students and faculty since its inception. The Library emphasizes service to clients, at the same time trying to provide increased self-help & self-service capacities. The Library is the major contributor to the university's aim of developing independent learners. The CIU Library aims at remaining dynamic & responsive to serve all members and to reflect good professional practice and foster quality, creativity & effectiveness with rich collection and reader-friendly services.
Library provides various services on user demands besides regular one like, photocopy services, scanning facilities, spiral binding facilities, Internet browsing services, Electronic Journal and Archives, daily newspapers reading, part-time employment, Current Awareness services (CAS), Selective Dissemination of Information (SDI) Services, long range as well as ready reference, and user customized services, and so forth.
To search reading materials library provides OPAC with integrated cataloguing system using “Koha” database management software. Library maintains open access and open shelves system from where student can take their books according to their choice. The library maintains its activities with semi-automated system and planning to introduce Dspace software for full automation.