CIIL library was established in 1970 and has been developed as a Centre for Information on Language Sciences (CILS) in 2007. The main objective is to act as the National Information centre on Linguistics and Indian Languages. This is the second in the country to have a fully digital library at the metadata level. Here a computerized system allows users to obtain coherent means of access to an organized, electronically stored repository of information at their workplace itself.
The Library in August 2003 initiated it's automation work of CIIL and its seven Regional language centers (RLC) with a compatible international software. i.e.VTLS Software Virginia, USA. The main feature of the VTLS software is that it supports all the Indian languages. A network for resource sharing has been created for the CIIL and the RLC Libraries.