DELNET  has been conducting research in the following areas from its inception:

  1. Use of International Standards

  2. DELNET was the first institution in India to introduce MARC 21 standards among the libraries. Special training programmes are also organised from time to time in the use of MARC 21 Standard.

  3. Open Source Software

  4. DELNET is giving training in the use of KOHA - an Open Source Integrated Library System and Dspace for building Digital Libraries. DELNET is glad to provide consultancy to the libraries on implementing these Open Source Software.

  5. National Bibliographic Database

  6. DELNET undertook the compilation of the National Bibliographic Database with the support of the Department of Culture, Government of India in 1998 as a Pilot Project. Fifty thousand records of books: 20,000 in English, 15,000 in Tamil and 15,000 in Punjabi were created at the Punjabi University, Patiala and International Institute of Tamil Studies, Chennai. At Andhra University Library, Visakhapatnam, 15,000 records in English and 10,000 records in Telugu were also created. Similarly 25,000 records each were  created at the Asiatic Society, Mumbai and the Asiatic Society, Kolkata.

  7. Creation of Union Catalogues and Union Lists

  8. DELNET has been creating research tools for scholars and users in the form of union catalogues and union lists and these are widely used. The details are given in the section on Services.