Sakshi Bahl, Librarian, Central Library, Rayat-Bahra University Mohali


I, SakshiBahl have an experience of more than 18 years in Library management. I am presently working as Librarian at Central Library, Rayat-Bahra University Mohali. I believe in applying my knowledge and expertise in an academic environment and work for the overall growth of the organization and self. I’m very passionate about my profession. I consider myself very lucky as I believe that God has given me the opportunity to help the ones in need, to quench their thirst for knowledge. I am mentor to so many students who need guidance be it for learning resources or some personal advice and motivation.



Sakshi Bahl, Librarian educational &professional background


I did my graduation in humanities from GCG Sec 11Chd, Bachelor of Library & Information Science from Panjab University, Chandigarh in 2003. Masters of Library & Information Science from Panjab University, Chandigarh in 2004 with distinction, M.Phil in Library & Information Science and UGC NET Qualified. I have been associated with Rayat Bahra University from 2005 and I have grown from a fresher into a true professional. My university has given me ample opportunity and great learning experience to develop as Library professional.



Sakshi Bahl &library science interest


Throughout my childhood I got the opportunity to travel around the world with my parents. From childhood I was very much interested in museums and art galleries. I was very much fascinated by libraries also. My maternal aunt was working as a librarian at Panjab University’s Law department. As a child I use to visit her and would be amazed to see her sitting in a quite serene environment surrounded by intellectual professors and studious student and that inspired me a lot and I wished to become a professional and work in same kind of an environment and I guess my wish came true and I got an opportunity to pursue my passion.



Sakshi Bahl about reading habit


In a world filled with constant distractions and digital allure, cultivating a reading habit is a priceless gift you can give to yourself. Reading not only expands your knowledge but also opens doors to new worlds, perspectives, and opportunities. Reading broadens your vision, enables to see different perspectives of a situation. There is no match to a well read person. Reading gives you the confidence to share your views and opinions with grace.


“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.”

― Harry S. Truman



Sakshi Bahl publications


Research and publications are part and parcel of our profession. It is a basic requirement of the profession. I have published many national and international papers at various conferences and seminars. I have authored two books Exploring Library & other Learning resources and Pustkalyon evum anyaa dhigham sansdhano ki khoj and I am currently working on the third one. It is almost ready for publication.



Sakshi Bahl upcoming book about virtual libraries


I am currently working on my third book and it’s on the subject – Virtual libraries. Post Covid era there has been a paradigm shift in the user’s information seeking behaviour. The users who were comfortable in using print material only, now have become techno savvy and prefer digital resources available just at the click of an icon. There has been a mammoth growth in various types of e-resources, databases and learning portals. Not everyone is aware about them. So, in order to provide a single platform to the students about various e- resource that are both paid and open access I have brought them together in a form of a book. The readers would be acquainted with many types of e-resources and platforms that they can use in pursuit of knowledge.



Sakshi Bahl librarian precious moments


There are actually many incidents that swell my chest with pride and bring tears of joy. First of all,the feeling of being able to help someone in need and being the guiding light, itself is a great feeling.


Many times, randomly someone approaches me at the airport, hotel, mall or a hospital and introduces me to their family members and says she is our Librarian madam. She has helped me a lot and starts to narrate an incident that I vaguely remember.


But if you ask of a particular one then few years ago my daughter hurt herself very badly while playing in the park. There was a deep cut on her chin and we rushed her to the nearest hospital. All of us were in a panic situation as my daughter was bleeding a lot. Suddenly the cosmetic surgeon came and stitches were done. The nurse came and did the dressing, comforted us with nothing to worry, gave necessary instructions and called us again after two days for dressing. Next time when we went for the dressing my daughter took chocolates with her as a gesture to thank the doctor and the sister who did her dressing. All of us thanked them and to my pleasant surprise the nurse said thanks are due to you madam. It is because of you that we are here. You supported us, provided us reading material and a congenial environment for study in the library that has made us what we are today. I did not recognise her but she remembered me. The feeling was priceless.

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