He was elected as president of the Indian Library Association in 1944; to 1953. In 1957 he was elected an honorary member of the International Federation for Information and Documentation in 1953; and life-time vice president of the Library Association of UK.
The five laws of library science propounded by Ranganathan were: Books are for use; every reader has his/her book; every book has its reader; save the readers' time and Libraries are growing organizations.
Ranganathan received Padmashri award from the Government of India in 1957 and was nominated as National Research Professor of Library Science in 1965. He passed away on 27 September in 1972.
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