Established on April 30, 1962 in the erstwhile princely state of Patiala with the main objective of furthering the cause of Punjabi language, art and literature, Punjabi University has since evolved into the largest University in the state.
University's main Library stocks more than 5,00,000 volumes and subscribes to more than 600 journals. It has a 400-capacity majestic Reading Hall for readers to consult various types of source material. The other characteristics features of these libraries constitute Online Public access Catalogue, database of 2, 00,000 documents, internet facility, current awareness and documentation services, indexing services of newspapers, subject bibliographies, inter-library loan facility, computerized bibliographic and documentation and reprographic services. The University also has libraries at its satellite campuses at its Mohali, Dehradun, Malerkotla, Bathinda and Talwandi Sabo. Dr Balbir singh Sahitya Kenda, Dehradun stands out containing valuable collection of manuscripts, rare books, tracts and memoirs.