It is located in the Rajabai Clock Tower, a beatiful Neo-Gothic building finished in 1869 in the Fort Campus of the University of Bombay.
(from the F. K.Banaji, Catalogue of the University of Bombay, Bombay: Times of India Press,1901)
The University of Mumbai (Bombay) was established in 1857. In August, 1864, Premchand Roychand, a merchant prince of Bombay, offered to the University a donation of Rs. 2,00,000 towards the erection of a university library which may be an ornament to the city, and by becoming a storehouse of the learned works, not only of the past but of many generations to come, may be the means of promoting the high ends of the University.
Two months later this gift was followed by another gift of Rs. 2,00,000 from the same donor for a clocktower in connection with the library to perpetuate the memory of his mother Mrs. Rajabai. The foundation-stone of the library and the Rajabai Clock tower was laid on March 1, 1869, and the work was completed in November 1878. It was formally opened to readers on February 27, 1880, after a conversazione by the Chancellor. The building then housed not only the library but also the administrative office and was also the venue of the post-graduate lectures.
In 1879, the library consisted mainly of the following collections :
1) a number of miscellaneous books (mostly historical and biographical) presented by the Government in 1864, when the old library of the East India Company, was removed to the India Office some of the books being divided among the Indian Universities.
2) Dr. John Wolson's Collection : This was purchased in 1876 by the University from the heirs of Dr.Wilson (after whom the Wilson College is named) and consisted mainly of Orientalia, and books on travel and theology.
3) books presented to the University
The MSS. section of the Library consists of the manuscripts of Dr. Haug transferred by the Director of Public Instruction to the University Library. In the Library there is a separate collection, known as Bombay's Government Collection, probably the old Haug's collection.
Avestan and Pahlavi manuscripts
The only exemplar of Banaji's catalogue I could check in the Library was damaged and therefore some data are missing. In pp.266-267 the following Avestan manuscripts are recorded:
1. Abān Yašt
2.Afrīn-I Gahambar in Persian
3. Afringan-I Rapithwin, incomplete
5. Frawardin Yašt: Rām Yašt, MSS finished on the day Adar month Asfandarmat, year 1182 A.Y. [part of the page containing thename of the scribe, torn]
6. Khordeh-Avesta: Rashna, Ashi, Astat Dravasp, Din, Jamyad, Tir Yashts
7. Khordeh-Avesta,written by Mobed Khushedji bin Menorsji bin Minocherji, and finishedon the 28th of the 10th Parsi month,year 1846 Vikrama era.
12 […..] [the first few folios aremissing, the (………) with themiddle of the Pargard, (…..) at the end
26. Tīr Yasht finished in the month Dae [year and day torn]
27. Pahlavi Vendidad,with commentaries in Persian interlined and on themargin.The first six missing folios are replaced by three recent ff.; ff.72,73,89-105 and a few at the end missing.
28. Vendidad Sade ba Nirang The first 18ff.issig-imperfect at the end- some ff. misplaced
30. Yasna with the Nirang in Hindi- imperfect at the end, a few ffl.missing, a few misplaced