A good book is one of the basic needs of mankind for enhancing knowledge. Book has tremendous impact in moulding our lives. Publishing books and their effective distribution system contributes much to our diverse activities in the society. Acts, Reports and Books generated by the Government after in-depth studies, deliberations and putting untiring efforts. They are more authentic and valuable for reference purposes. The object of display and sale of Government publications is to disseminate information on various national programmes and policies etc. contained in the books and to enable the common man to get benefited from such publications.

The Department of Publication, located at Civil Lines, behind Old Secretariat, Delhi -110054, is a subordinate office of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India. It has been catering for the need of book lovers and people of different strata of society. Over the years, the Department has acquired large number of books which are available on various disciplines and subjects brought out by the Ministries / Departments of Government of India, Autonomous Bodies among other organisations since the year 1924, (prior to the Independence of the Country, its role was limited to Government Reports only). With the passage of time, its functions increased manifold and it become an independent Department since the year 1973. As per allocation of Business Rules, the Department of Publication is the authorised agency for publishing all Government books. It is also responsible for stocking, distribution, advertising of tender notices, cataloguing and sale of Government publications.

The Primary Function of the Department are:-
1.Stocking, Sale and Distribution of Government Publications and Periodicals brought out by various Ministries / Departments of Government of India
2.Publishing of Gazette of Government of India and Delhi Government's Gazette
3.Cataloguing of Publications / Periodicals, issue of Symbol, Pricing and Sales Promotional Activities
4.Securing advertisements for insertion in Government Publications and Periodicals
5.Stocking and distribution of Defense Publications
6.Managing a network of private agencies, Sale & Return Agents and running Department's own Sales Depots / Counters; and
7.Exchange of publications with US Library of Congress under US Exchange Programme.