to Public Libraries for South Asian Material
enable libraries to purchase material in different
INDIC languages without any hassles.
Who we are
Books and Magazines
Cataloguing & MARC 21 records (Also in
Records With Original Script (In
Bibliographic Media / Email
How to place an order
How to make payments
modest beginning in 1968 as promoters of indigenous publications in English we
have gone on to take a leap forward without ever looking back. Today, we are
among the top-ranking service organizations in India, working with a global
clientele comprising of scholars, book-lovers and academic, national and public
For her vast
area sprawl and cultural, ethnic and linguistic pluralities, India is oft-times
called a subcontinent. Over the years, her publishing industry has become
giant, producing every year several thousand books/ periodicals in English and
other national/regional languages. Here, in a challenging situation like this,
surfaces our essential role because, we, at DK, with our amazing
resourcefulness, can locate all the items relevant to small as well as major
initiated with the promotion of English language publications from India on all
subjects, DK soon started offering its services for Sanskrit and Tibetan
language books. And looking at the continuous interest of customers the
world-over, we, at DK, added to our service parameters all the major Indian
languages towards the end of the last century. We now receive every year
over 25,000 books of South Asian origin in the following languages:
(From India and Bangladesh)
(From India and Pakistan)
These books, including those meant for children,
are systematically catalogued by us and offered to the relevant customers.
All magazines and periodicals published from India in the languages listed above are available for subscription through us. In the case of periodicals (except newspapers), we receive the issues at our end and re-mail those in packaging that can withstand intercontinental handling and at the same time ensuring that
the librarians do not have to bother about raising claims, as we would have already done that, should the need arise.
Each new book received at DK, in any language, is catalogued by professional librarian as per AACR-2R (Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd revised edition) with Library of Congress Subject Headings and Dewey Decimal Classification and MARC 21 records created therefore.
These records are supplied to each of DK's customers either electronically or in print format, as the customer concerned may prefer.
All the offers and book-lists are generated using the same database, which ensures credibility of the bibliographic details of offered items.
Click here to download Sample Marc Records
team at DK did a lot of research which has helped us in making available MARC
records with the original scripts in tag 880 in all these major Indian/South
Asian languages. Our software has the ability to convert the Romanized
text (as per ALA/LC Romanization Tables) into the respective original script (in
Unicode). The records with tag 880 are very useful for public libraries since
the users can look at them in their native languages as well as search using the
original script (if typing is feasible in the said script).
For using these
records, the library just needs to make sure that their library management
software supports UTF-8 character set/Unicode
Each book supplied by DK carries a cost free MBI sticker in Romanized form for easy handling of books by library staff not knowing the relevant script/language.
Many books that are published in regional languages require rebinding before those can be pub on the shelves. In such a situation, DK offer to rebind them before supplying to libraries. This saves libraries much time and resources.
Often libraries hold some books in South Asian languages that were received as donations or even purchases, but are reflected poorly (or not at all) on their catalogue databases. DK offer to provide MARC 21 records for such materials. Please ask for more details, if you would like your collection to be retrospectively catalogued.
bringing out several kinds of booklists and catalogues for English language
titles, DK also compile lists of books in each of the major Indian languages at
regular intervals and mail those to customers worldwide. These bibliographic
media, which are derivatives of the MARC records created by the cataloguing
division of DK, carry essential book-info together with a number allocated to
each new title at DK at the time of cataloguing. This unique DK Number is used
as a reference number for correspondence with us while ordering or enquiring for
any item. Libraries, institutions and individuals can subscribe to any of the
media and that too just for asking. We can send you email containing the book
information on subjects of your interest.
opt for any of the following possible ordering methods:
book-orders: Orders for specific titles, whether listed or not listed in
DK's bibliographic media, are welcome. For those from our
catalogues/book-lists, the customers may give a reference of the relevant catalogue/list together with the serial number of the item or the DK number or the ISBN. Alternatively, the order may include usual
details, such as author, title, publisher, ISBN and the like.
accept orders in BISAC (through Email), slip and list formats. Customers using
any other automated ordering systems may write to us.
authors: Especially in the case of language materials, some customers choose
to acquire publications by some particular authors/literary personalities known
for their writings. We, at DK, try to comprehensively handle such requests.
based/Blanket Orders: Backed by a team of professional librarians as we are,
several libraries depend on the selection expertise of our staff. All that the
libraries need to inform us in such a situation is:
allocation for children's materials
be spent on fiction and non-fiction works, with subjects specifically required in non-fiction
respect of split shipment or together
Any delivery deadline
Based on the
details received, our selection team will supply the relevant items. DK will
keep a record of such supplies to a library and ensure that no item is
duplicated when handling such selections and orders every ensuing year.
At DK, we
draw our invoices in US Dollars, Australian Dollars, Euros or British
Pounds and as may be preferred by a customer.
how fast a customer wishes to receive the material, we choose to supply the same
in the most economical way.
EMS Speed Post, DHL & FEDEX services are also available but the costs vary depending on weight and destination.
Each item is checked to identify any physical deformities before shipment. Utmost care is taken in the packing to withstand several handlings during transit across the continents.
conventional methods of remittance are acceptable. The customers can pay by US
Dollar, Australian Dollar, Euro or British Pound cheques/bank-cheques/bank-drafts
payable at any bank in the respective countries. Payment by major credit cards
and direct money transfers to our bank account using SWIFT codes are welcome.
order/payment processing, often libraries require mandatory forms, such as W-8
BEN, to be filled-in for their records. Please write to us for necessary
action in such cases.
Here are a few extracts from our customers' emails:
"...We have been very satisfied with your selectors' choices of popular fiction and
nonfiction for our patrons, and we especially appreciate the MARC21 records
you send us with each order..."
Carol Stream Public Library
"...I was given your name by a few other librarians who order their Hindi titles through DK Agencies.
I am looking to start an adult Hindi, Urdu, and Gujarati language collection in our library. Your
company was mentioned by quite a few librarians and with high praise..."
Niles Public Library District
Niles, Illinois, USA
"...The variety/quality of books meets my expectations...
I look forward to working with you in the future..."
Adult Services Librarian
2 Jean Walling Civic Center
New Jersey, USA
"...We are very pleased with the custom cataloging your staff has completed for the Urdu, Hindi,
Telugu, and Gujarati books for which we had sent you the photo copies..."
Houston Public Library
"...The Indian bookseller most research libraries in North America use is the DK Agencies. --- Like all
our best suppliers, they have been superb in tailoring their services. Within the constraints of the
international delivery services, they have been remarkably reliable. My own perspective, based on
visiting them in New Delhi as well as visiting virtually every booth at the 1992 New Delhi World
Book Fair, is that they are exceedingly well-placed in the Indian book trade and highly respected..."
Michael A. Keller
Director of Academic Information Resources,
Publisher of HighWire Press
and Publisher of the Stanford University Press
Green Library,Stanford University
"...Because of their consistent high quality DK MARC records are particularly helpful to us at Queens and
allow us to expedite the delivery of materials to our customers. Therefore I will appreciate your making sure that I
receive a copy of the file of MARC records corresponding to each and all shipments/purchases of the Queens
Asst. Coord., Catalog Division
Queens Borough Public Library
New York, USA
Even an article
on Library Journal recommends DK for most of the Indic Languages.
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