The activity of providing library facilities to the students and staff started along with the starting of academic programmes. The library activity of GITAM started with the setting up of a library for the College of Engineering in 1980. This was supplemented by the library of College of Management Studies 1988, which was followed by the library of GITAM Institute of Foreign Trade in 1997. To optimize the resource utilization and maximize convenience for the users, the need of centralizing the library facility was felt. Accordingly GITAM management took the bold step of constructing a huge building of architectural excellence with all modern gadgets.
The Central Library was commissioned in 2002 and subsequently transformed into the Knowledge Resource Centre. The building is ideally and centrally located at the heart of the campus overlooking the vast expanse of scores of acres. It is garlanded by a cluster of academic buildings, classrooms, laboratories, workshops, sportsgrounds with international standards, canteen and hostel buildings. The hillock of Rushikonda, the legendary abode of saints, surrounded by green pastures and the blue ocean are some of the visual delights in the vast panoramic view from the library.
The building was named after the famous and world renowned teacher, philosopher and former president of India, Dr.Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan as Sir Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Bhavan. This five storied airconditioned complex with CCTV surveillance system is an architectural delight. The Bhavan has a total plinth area of 50,000 sq.ft and facilities like air conditioned auditorium with a seating capacity of 200 and also annexe to host meetings for a capacity of 500. Book exhibitions, product demos, group discussions of training and placement departments and gettogethers of students take place here.