In Delhi, August 15 Announced as Release Date for National Legal E-Library

From Dr. M Veerappa Moily, the Centre’s Minister of Law & Justice comes a Press Release:

The scope of this program is creation and management of the ‘National Legal e-library’ for 933 schools in India, Bar Associations, Government Legal departments etc. and meet the needs of academic librarians, students, faculty and young practitioners. It aims to provide a practitioners view and a comprehensive understanding of core subject areas of law.

Various technology tools that make the concept of E-Library indispensable are Easy Access to provide a campus wide access using IP Authentication, Results clustering to familiarize new users with different classes of content by providing an instant, multi faceted analysis of distribution of hits in each result set, flexible display option with inclusion of full featured tools that allow for printing, emailing and saving, interoperability that works with systems one use to manage electronic holdings through e-journals systems, Article linking Federated search, Meta search & Citation export to Reference Works, smart indexing technology to help users to reach the information they need by applying controlled vocabulary terms for several different taxonomies and powerful source selection to identify sources by type, language, topic, geography and other facets.

Comments on the announcement can be found here and here

The Minister has had a busy week, since he also announced a very broad privacy and data protection law: “every individual shall have a right to his privacy — confidentiality of communication made to, or, by him — including his personal correspondence, telephone conversations, telegraph messages, postal, electronic mail and other modes of communication; confidentiality of his private or his family life; protection of his honour and good name; protection from search, detention or exposure of lawful communication between and among individuals; privacy from surveillance; confidentiality of his banking and financial transactions, medical and legal information and protection of data relating to individual.”

We’ll check in after the big day to see how much of this is vapourware or PR puff.


  1. I’d be interested to know why they have decided to put this behind a firewall, restricting access to academic environments (exclusively law schools?), requiring IP authentication to access. The proper solution would be public free access, available to everyone, on the LII model within the free access to law movement. Is this new “e-brary” going to compete with the Legal Information Institute of India (