Purpose: This paper is an attempt to provide a mechanism for the development of digital library for astronomical images (GADIL) - an online system based on open source software (GSDL) and its use for astronomy community and educational users in India. Design/Methodology /Approach: The system is based on open source software (GSDL, Apache, PERL, GRE and Imagemagik).GADIL can be used both offline mode -self-installable CD-ROM, and online through www. It would allow the users to search, browse and download astronomical images. Findings: The paper provides information about GADIL. It suggests that how it can serve as an ideal access tool of research ready scientific images so as to enhance astronomer’s productivity and increase public awareness of astronomy as a subject. Research limitation: This is a prototype study, with the only limitation that a few samples have been considered. This will be investigated further with a wider population which will improve the GADIL System. Practical Implication: These results suggest that system like GADIL could be useful in Astronomical research field and general public awareness programs. Originality/Value: The paper describes an original application of astronomical images. It shows the importance of GADIL in Astronomical Research and awareness context. It would therefore be of great interest to scientists, scholars and general public.