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The NAL Library and Information Centre (ICAST), an ISO-9001:2008 Certified Centre along with its parent organisation NAL, was established in the year 1959. The library has been recognised as the National Information Centre for Aerospace Science and Technology (ICAST) in 1975 by the National Information System for Science and Technology (NISSAT/DSIR), UNESCO and AR&DB. ICAST with its state-of-the-art expertise, infrastructure and services caters to the information requirements of the Indian aerospace community in particular and the engineering and technical personnel in general (ICAST Mission Statement). ICAST is well known for its aerospace collections of books, journals and specifically technical reports from NASA, DLR, ONERA, NLR, ARL and UTIAS. The centre offers Online, Web and CD-ROM based literature search services including access to e-journals, News clipping services, Online Public access Catalogue, Union Catalogue of Serials held by CSIR/ Aerospace Libraries. The Centre is equipped with necessary infrastructure and trained manpower. The centre has created a portal 'AeroInfo' for Aerospace Science & Technology, the first of its kind in the country which serves as one window information search facility for Web sources in aerospace community in the world in general and India in particular.

The website has links to innumerable aerospace categorize by source and document types, subject categories, online journals etc.


This sub-library housed in Nilakantan Wind Tunnel Campus provides immediate reference, reading and counter transaction facilities for divisions like Experimental Aerodynamics, Computational and Theoretical Fluid Dynamics, Acoustic Test Facility, National Trisonic Aerodynamic Facilities, Propulsion, Centre for Civil Aviation Design and Development, CSIR Centre for Mathematical Modeling and Computer Simulation, Flight Experiments etc.,