Karnataka State Open University is located in Manasagangotri, Mysore. It is recognized as one of the best Open Universities in India imparting Distance Education. The University was established during 1996 and the library started functioning in the same year. It has a glorious record of worthy service with a multi disciplinary resource collection of more than one lakh volumes. At the inception of Library, the collection of books was around 50,000, which was housed in the main building of KSOU but later the Library was shifted to its own new building in the KSOU campus in 2006. It was inaugurated by Former Hon’ble Governor of Karnataka Sri T.N. Chethurvediji. The Library is housed in spacious, beautiful and attractive building situated in 1750 Sq.mts area. It follows the Dewey Decimal Classification system for organizing documents for its collection and identified as a best knowledge bank.
Apart from the conventional book resources, the library collection comprises of good number of the periodicals, reference books, Kannada Books collection, cartographic collections like Maps, Atlas and Globe, and also the institutional repositories. The library is having very good Collection of CD-Rom and also a rich collection of rare books. The Library plans to digitize these collections in future. The KSOU Library is open to the University user community for reading and reference, for which the user is required to provide a requisition to the Librarian, for the membership. The membership is given to Students, Research scholars and Faculty of the University of KSOU only.