About 250 libraries don’t have basic facilities in district
With the intention of providing open access of information for public, specially students residing in rural ares, Public Libraries were started at every gram Panchayat. But, unfortunately the situation in Mysore Library are in a very deplorable condition.
In one side rural side libraries don’t have sufficient books, while in other side City libraries are not been updated with new books, due to lack of funds. In total 276 libraries comes under District Central Library (250) and City Central Library (26). In which, about 250 libraries don’t have basic facilities like water, sanitation and light.
In another side there is a drastic decline in footfalls of readers to libraries.
Mysore district with the population of 26.41 lakhs, the members in the libraries are 89,451. In which 45,800 come under City Central Library
Some of the readers claim that the books are very old and are not being updated from long time. 'Majority of the books are novels, literature’s. Measures should be taken to update the books and keep academic related books in more number,' says regular reader Ravi.
Deputy Director of public libraries B Manjunath who admitted the books are old and some are not in readable conditions said that due to lack of funds they have minimised the purchase of books.
'Corporation has not cleared us the CESS amont of Rs 7 crore from which majority of the library works are pending. If the officials provide us the money, measures will be taken to provide basic facilities at Libraries and replace some of the old books.'
He also said that Gram Panchayat, Town Panchayat members have to take initiative of providing basic facilities for the libraries in rural side with the collected CESS money.
New building for District Central Libray
The District Central office will be having its own building shortly at Saraswathipuram. The other libraries which have own premises are
Periyapatna, Hunsur, KR Nagar, HD Kote Taluk Library branches and
Marballi, Turaganur, Tagadur, Bedarahalli, and Singavaranahalli. Construction work for the two libraries at Hadinaru, Doodaragowdahalli are under way.
Two libraries which comes under city central library (JP Nagar and Vivekananda Nagar) in city have been shifted to new building and measures have been taken for renovation of Saraswathipuram and Kuvempunagar libraries.