Thursday, July 21, 2016

Each ward to have libraries soon in Mysuru city

Here comes good news for city dwellers who were deprived of library facility. Mysore City Corporation in association with City Central Library to construct about 40 libraries in city.

Most of the residents in the extension areas does not have access to library facilities, and were coming to City Central Library located to quench their reading thirst. According to officials, only residents of 30 wards can have access to library, out of 65 wards. Added to this, nine more layouts have been handed over to MCC by MUDA recently. Thus, a study has been done on library requirements and measures have been taken to set up libraries in all wards.  

The libraries will be constructed by MCC, utilising the pending due of Rs 9 crore library cess. An average Rs 3.5 crore library cess in collected every year by MCC. Mysore University graduates and post graduates from library department of Mysore University will be roped in for maintenance. The apprentice will get practical exposure, experience on how library function, and also money for their work.
City Central Library Deputy Director B Manjunath said that Mysuru will be first city to have libraries in all wards. 'There was demand from public seeking libraries, and thus measures have been taken to construct more libraries. This will promote treading habit among citizens and  increases members for the libraries. Even plans are on card to extend e-library facilities to all libraries in phase manner,' he added.

Mayor Bhyrappa said that tenders will be invited by this month end, and each library will be constructed at the cost of Rs 15 lakh to Rs 20 lakh, depending on the site measurement. About Rs 20 lakh will be spent to purchase books, furniture for the library.

e-library facility soon at Central Library  

After the launch of e-library service at JP Nagar, the service is being extended to City Central Library, where there are more than 5500 members. 20 computers will be set up, and required basic facilities will be given for readers. With large number footfalls are received by City Central Library, the initiative to benefit lot of students, research scholars, and those are interested to read books on online.   Even non members can use the e-library facilities. A proposal of Rs 20 lakh has been sent to government in this regard.    

Full fledged modern library at People's Park

A full fledged modern library will come up at People's Park. Stock room, reference room, paper / magazine rooms will be constructed.  Ladies, gents, children, senior citizens, physically challenged, blinds will have a separate blocks. It also includes Deputy Director Office, Meeting Hall, and other Administrative Blocks. The building will be constructed at the cost of Rs 5 crore. The works will commence from August, soon after getting clearance from the government for the revised estimation.    

Libraries in district
There are around one lakh members in the District from both City Central Library and District Central Library. There are 272 libraries in district and eight branches. 236 libraries are located in 235 gram panchayats, while 30 city libraries, 3 slum library; 3 nomades library. There is a good response for recently re-launched Mobile Library, which is being halted in 36 wards as per the schedule.  

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