The Department of Library and Information Science at Banaras Hindu University is one of the pioneer Department in the field of Library and Information Science education in India. The Department was established in 1941. The Department has been served by a number of eminent scholars namely Dr. S. R. Ranganathan, Professor P. N. Kaula, C. G. Vishwanathan, J. S. Sharma, Professor B. Guha, Professor J. B. Subrahmaniam, Professor Y. P. Dubey and Professor S. N. Singh etc. Presently, Department is blooming under the able leadership of Professor H. N. Prasad. The Department conducts 2-years integrated Master of Library & Information Science (M.L.I.S.) Programme. Apart from M.L.I.S. Course, Department conducts Research Programme for the award of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. Department has recently started a special course of study (self finance) Post Graduate Diploma in Manuscriptology (PGDM) which aims to provide education and training of handling Manuscripts - its storage, preservation, conservation, study and use.
The Departmental Library supports the teaching and research programs of the Institute and provides facilities for general reading and disseminates information according to the requirement of the users. It is attached in with the area of 750 Square feet. It has around 2500 books, Classification Schemes (DDC 22nd Ed. & CC 6th Ed.), Manuals, Dictionaries, Thesis and Dissertations. Library also subscribed National and International Journals, Magazines, News Papers etc.