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College education plays an important role in developing the knowledge power of any individual in a society. The libraries of academic institutions are not confined only to printed information sources; in fact, they have started acquisition and management of digital or electronic or virtual information resources. Thus the College libraries are able to fulfil the needs of the students, teachers and researchers by providing different kind of printed or digital resources. Better and effective library services can be ensured by the application of information and communication technology (ICT) with skilled and qualified library manpower. The technological aspect of ICT has created few challenges in the college libraries especially in Assam. The study covers the degree colleges which have been imparting general education in Assam. At present, there are 295 provincialised and 3 government degree colleges imparting general education in Assam. In total 189 colleges were provincialised before 2012. The study covers the 3 government and 189 provincialised degree colleges in Assam. The total number of colleges covered under the study is 192. The study investigated the ICT Infrastructure and Services in the College Libraries of Assam. This will identify the availability of ICT infrastructure facilities, ICT based library services performed by the college libraries and the barriers associated with the implementation of ICTs in the college libraries of Assam.