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Library and information science, information needs and information seeking behavior is an important research area for finding the users’ needs and user survey on the use of information resources. University library is the hub of widely-used and available information resources. ICT, web, and advancements of arrays of application have changed today libraries system and services. University library system is the not the exception. Assessment of information seeking behaviour is very much essential for users of university library mainly the research scholars and the faculty members.


The respondents in this present investigation were pure science departments’ (mainly Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics) specifically faculty members and research scholars in Burdwan University. Google form, online questionnaire survey has been framed for data collection. Two sets of framed questionnaire has been distributed through different communication channels to 241 research scholars and 51 faculty members of pure science departments. The overall response rate is 63.7% (186). The collected data were quantitatively and qualitatively analysed in Statistical Package in Social Sciences (SPSS) (V.25) and described in figures to depict the user’s information needs and seeking behavior of pure science departments in Burdwan University.


The study found the following results :- inspiration for library among pure science departments’ respondents, self – motivated of using library in pure science department is 65.6%. Respondents’ motivation by self from mathematics, chemistry and physics are 72%, 71.8% and 51.7% respectively. 36.6% pure science respondents have accessed daily. The second highest university library visit time is one day in a week for 22.6% respondents. 19.9% respondents have accessed university library for three days in week as third highest. 91.9% pure science department respondents have always recorded the histories of information seeking. 40.3% respondents of pure science departments have successfully retrieved their relevant information at the rate of 80%.