Thursday, February 27, 2014

Major Public Libraries in Delhi P- 13. Public Libraries * By :C P Vashishth

इस ब्लॉग्स को सृजन करने में आप सभी से सादर सुझाव आमंत्रित हैं , कृपया अपने सुझाव और प्रविष्टियाँ प्रेषित करे , इसका संपूर्ण कार्य क्षेत्र विश्व ज्ञान समुदाय हैं , जो सभी प्रतियोगियों के कॅरिअर निर्माण महत्त्वपूर्ण योगदान देगा ,आप अपने सुझाव इस मेल पत्ते पर भेज सकते हैं -

Major Public Libraries in Delhi

P- 13. Public Libraries *

By :C P Vashishth


Delhi was put on library map in the second half of the 19th century . “In 1865 the Delhi Society for Promotion of Literary and Cultural Activities was organized and this is said to be beginning of library movement in Delhi” (NK Goil et al. 1982. Library Herald Vol 20 no. 2-4. P 99). The members  (mostly Britishers) of this Society  had earlier donated their personal collection of books and named the same as ‘Institute Library’ around 1862.  Thus the year 1862 could be said to be the beginning of the Library. This collection of books was initially  placed in one of the rooms of Lawrence Institute ( now known as Town Hall, Chandni Chowk).  This Institute Library has had different names during different periods of time.

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Period                                                  Name
1962? -1902                                   Institute Library
1902 – 1916                                         Delhi Public Library
1916 – 1942                                         Hardinge Municipal Public Library
1942 – 1970                                         Hardinge Public Library
1970 -                                                    Hardayal Municipal Public Library

From the above illustration we discover that after about 40 years of its existence in 1902 this Institute Library was formally inaugurated by the name ‘Delhi Public Library’ and shifted to Kaccha Bagh in a small room with three members of library staff ( 1 Librarian + 1 Clerk and  1 Peon) to manage. Gradually  the flow of visitors stared increasing,  so  the library started experiencing shortage of space as well as staff to manage the collection and its services.  Regular flow of funds to meet the running expenses of Library was the other problem. An incident of 23 December 1912  changed the entire course of  history of this Library for the good. On this day a bomb was hurled on the procession of Lord Hardinge by a mob of freedom fighters led by  Lala Hardayal in  the Company Bagh area of Chandni Chowk.  Lord Hardinge, however,  escaped unhurt.  To mark the event, a Committee was constituted under the chairmanship of Rai Bahadur Shiv Prasad for the construction of a building to house the Delhi Public Library. In a very short time a sum of Rs.70,000 was collected. Eminent people of the time contributed liberally. Khan Ali Hazi Baksh  Ilahi contributed a sum of Rs 14,000/- while the Maharaja of Kashmir contributed Rs.10,000/-. A magnificent building came up within a four years  record time and was named as ‘ Hardinge Building` (Vardhman Mahaveer Open University, Kota:  M Phil Course Material MPLS-02 Library Systems. 2009 p74-75).
After 1951 many public library-cum-reading rooms have come up in the city of Delhi. Total number of such Library-cum-Reading rooms is over 250.  Their collection ranges from 1,000 to 3,00,000 volumes. Some of these libraries are exclusively for children.  

1. National Bal Bhawan Library

National Bal Bhawan Library at Kotla Road, New Delhi was established in 1956 at the initiative of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, first Prime Minister of India with the aim of educating children between the age group of 5 to 16  and fostering in them the habit of lifelong reading. It is open from 9am to 5.30pm. It follows open access and can seat 60 children at a time. It has children specific collection of 35,000 volumes.  Though the Library does not use any Library Management Software, it does have a computer with Internet facility. Data conversion and  Barcoding of  collection is under way. DDC scheme of classification is being used to classify and organize  the collection. In 1992 it was shifted to its new home which is very spacious and enough room for organizing various activities. The  Library is fully funded by the Government  and is supervised by a technically qualified lady librarian. There is separate room for the kids between the age group of 5-9. it is very well organized, quite attractive and fully decorated.
There are two sections in the library – the Children’s section and the Reference section. Children have easy access to the books in the library as they are kept in open shelves. The Reference section has a good collection of reference books related to arts, science, culture and literature. New books are regularly added so that children can keep themselves abreast with the latest developments in these areas.

National Bal Bhawan’s Library is not only confined to print collection alone. Literary activities are also clubbed with the library activities. This is done by organizing various innovative and lively programmes  such as the following:

·   Creative writing
·   Story Telling sessions
·   Poem Recitation and Kavi Goshthi (Poets’ Meet)
·   Interaction with writers
·   Theme based discussions
·   Quiz programmes
·   Book reviews
·   Debates

2. Dr B.C Roy Children`s Reading Room and Library

Housed  in Nehru House, # 4 Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi Dr B.C Roy Children`S Reading Room and Library is yet another children specific library in the city. It was established in 1964 on the initiative of famous cartoonist Shankar Pillai. It is funded and managed by Childrens Book Trust.  Library Membership is open to any child between the age of 5 and 18 years. Two types of memberships are available. Children residing at a distance of more than 20 kilometers from the Library can avail of the special membership by paying Rs. 1250 of which Rs. 1000 is refundable security deposit. The ordinary membership charge is Rs. 650 of which Rs. 500 is refundable security deposit. The security deposit is refundable at the time of withdrawing of membership. Every member is issued Photo Identity Card. Parents/guardians can accompany the child member and guide him/her in selecting the books of interest. However, parents/guardians are not allowed to borrow books on behalf of the child member in his/her absence.
The books have been arranged under three different groups for different age groups. Group A provides books for children in the age group of 5 to 8 years. Group B provides books for children in the age group of 9 to 12 years. Group C caters to children of the age group between 13 to 18. Books are arranged in classified order according to the class numbers in each group. 

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Library follows open access to facilitate free movement and browsing within the library. ( accessed on 3rd March 2013)
Besides these renowned children libraries in the city of Delhi, Delhi Public Library too has a very well organized and maintained Children`s Section in Sarojni  Nagar zonal library and at Main Library at Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Marg opposite Delhi Railway Station.

3. Punjabi Academy Library


Housed in  DDA Community Centre, Sadar Thana Road, Motia Khan, Paharganj, the Punjabi Academy Library was established in 1983. It remains open between 9.30am to 6pm on all working days. It has 44 branches designated as Composite Libraries spread in five districts of Delhi (8 Composite libraries in North District; 10 Composite libraries in South District; 9 Composite libraries in East District; 9 Composite libraries in West District, and 5 Composite libraries in Central District). It has a staff strength of 40 professional librarians, 40 semi professional assistants and 38 other members of staff. It is fully funded by the Government of NCT Delhi. Its book budget is Rs.6 lakhs per Annam.

The book collection comprising Panjabi language and literature of  the main library consists of 22,000 volumes. It subscribes/receives 10 periodicals and 18 newspapers.  The collection is organized using DDC 20th edition.  Library is not yet automated. Catalogue cards are prepared manually using AACR2. Books are issued to members in a register. There are 2 sets of  computer systems in the library with equal number of printers and one scanner.
The Academy helps in opening new libraries by providing free books, periodicals and furniture. It also provides free Punjabi books and periodicals to schools and colleges.

4. NDMC Central Library

Founded in 1984, Central Library of New Delhi Municipal Council is housed in Palika Kendra, NDCC Phase II New Delhi-110001. It remains open from 10.30am to 7pm on all working days of the week. The Book collection consists of 13,000 volumes. It subscribes to 40 periodicals and 18 newspapers. Library is automated and has OPAC and Internet facility. Its reading room can accommodate 45 – 50 readers at a time.  Photocopying, consultation, referral and reference services are provided by the library. Library has a budget of Rs. 7,00,000 (Rs. 3,00,000 for books, Rs.2,50,000 for periodicals and Rs.1,50,000 miscellaneous). The staff strength of library system is 13 professionals, 10 semi-professionals and 2 others. Beside Central Library it has 8 branch libraries. Six of these branch libraries are known as Palika Pustakalaya located in Aliganj Barat Ghar, Babar Road, Mandir Marg, North West Moti Bagh, Rohini and Laxmi Bai Nagar respectively. While NDMC Children Library is located in Kidwai Nagar, the Sports Library is located in Kaka Nagar.  

5. Hardayal Municipal Public Library

Established in 1862 Hardayal Municipal Public Library is housed in Hardinge Building. It is the oldest Public Library in the city of Delhi and has attained the age of 150 years. Besides Main Library in Gandhi Ground (Chandni Chowk), it has two branches in Pulbangash and Daryaganj  respectively.  Out  of 272 municipal wards in Delhi/New Delhi, the Library has its presence in 28 wards in the form of  a ‘Branch Library’ or a ‘Reading Room`. Two of its Branch Libraries are functioning in rented buildings and rest of the 28 Branch Libraries are functioning from Community Centres of the respective municipal wards.  Total number of staff of the entire Library System is 31 comprising 7 professionals, 9 semi-professionals and  15 support staff. 
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5.1 Managing Committee ( Prabandh Samiti)

As per item no.3 of the Constitution & Rules of the Hardinge Municipal Library“the governance of the library for the purposes of discharging functions in connection with the management and control of the Library in general or otherwise in relation to the execution of the purposes of the Library” rests in the Governing Body called Managing Committee comprising 11 persons consisting:
 President (Mayor of Municipal Corporation of Delhi)
 Six selected sitting members of Municipal Corporation of Delhi nominated by the
 Managing Committee; and
 Four persons elected by the subscribers of the Library,
  Secretary is appointed from amongst the members of the Managing Committee.

5.1.1 Functions of the Prabandh Samiti are to: 
       -decide on policy matters
         -frame library rules
          -grant membership of the Library
           -frame recruitment rules and appoint staff, and  
                -arrange funds for collection development.

5.2 Membership

Library has over 650 Life members on its roles. Life Membership is open for those who pay Rs.1500 plus security of Rs.1000 (refundable)..The number of annual members is also almost same who enroll themselves as member by paying an annual subscription of Rs.200. For reading Room facilities one has to pay Rs.500 annually. Those who want books for home reading are required to make an additional deposit of Rs.1000 (refundable). This makes them eligible for getting issued two books for 15 days duration. Members wanting to get Text-Books issued have to pay an additional amount of Rs.400 (refundable).

5.3 Working Hours of Library

The Main Library remains open from 8am to 8pm on all weak days except holidays. However,  Reading Room facility for newspapers is open 358 days of the year from 8am to 10pm free of cost.

5.4 Finance

Library derives its income from :
-Grants-in-aid from the Delhi Administration
-Grants in aid from Municipal Corporation of Delhi (North Zone),
-Membership subscription,
-Donations, and
   -Sale of scraps 

5.5 Book Stock

Its collection of 1,70,214 volumes comprises 84,314 Hindi and Sanskrit books, 64,447 English books; 21,453 Urdu, Arabic, Persian and other titles. It subscribes to 56 journals and 30 daily newspapers and caters to the needs of over  1250 (650 Life + 600 Annual) members. The purchasing of new books every year has been very inadequate because of the non-availability of sufficient funds. The rare book collection of 7,543 consists of 6,575 English titles, 582 Hindi & Sanskrit titles and 386 Arabic, Persian titles, etc. Ninety one of its  precious documents were destroyed in a fire in a week long exhibition organized by Delhi Public Library to celebrate its 60th year function  on 1st February 2010. 

5.6 Services

Lending service is available from the Main Library located in Gandhi Ground and the 2 Branches at (i) Pul Bangash, and (ii) Daryaganj. The  Reading Room facilities are available in Main Library as well as in Branch Libraries and all the sub-branches  (Reading Rooms) in 28 municipal wards. 

5.7 Computerization

Library is using SOUL 2.0 Library Management Software developed by INFLIBNET Centre (An Inter University Centre of University Grants Commission), Infocity ,Gandhi Nagar (Gujarat(). The rare-book collection comprising 7,543 volumes has been reclassified and re-catalogued using DDC22 and AACR2. For Subject headings Sears List of Subject Headings has been used.
Majority of the collection is still being accessed using Register Catalogue.  Library has its own indigenous system of Classification which has been in use for over a century now. 

6. Marwari Library

Marwari Library is another most important public library in old Delhi. It was established by Seth Kedarnath Goinka in 1915. It is located at #1457 Chadni Chowk area in a rented building having two floors.  It is the second largest heritage Public Library founded in pre-independence India.  It  was the centre of meeting point for many revolutionaries, freedom fighters, politicians, social reformers and other important personalities in various walks of life like Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, Balgangadhar Tilak, Hari Bansh Rai Bacchan, Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit and many others.

6.1 Book Stock

Its collection has 35,000 select titles mostly in Hindi language and serves to over 400 member readers. Its annual book budget is Rs. 1,00,000 beside Rs.5000 for periodicals and Rs.50,000 for binding. It follows closed access

6.2 Working Hours.

It is open from 9am to 8pm

6.3 Finance

 Income of the Library is derived from :

-Properties of Marwari Charitable Trust,

-Grants-in-aid from the Delhi Administration

-Grants in aid from Municipal Corporation of Delhi,

-Membership subscription; and


The Income and Expenditure account of the Library for the financial year 2009-10 presents the following picture:
Accounting Charges
Bank Charge
Book & Periodicals
Electricity & Water
General Expenses
News Paper & Periodicals
Postage & Stamp
Printing & Stationery
Repair & Maintenance
Staff Welfare

`. 5000
`. 90
`. 107691
`. 529
`. 32002
`. 1002
`. 12228
`. 17033
`. 3177
`. 213
`. 18772
`. 1487
`. 26487
`. 1824
`. 6025
`. 121498
`. 2287
`. 17095

Interest Received
Membership Fees
Grant in Aid-(MCD)
Late Fees
Paper Raddi
Deficit trfd. to Capital Fund

`. 12691
`. 2200
`. 2900
`. 350000
`. 26
`. 3500
`. 3123

`.  374440 
`. 374440

6.4 Staff Structure

The Library is under the charge of a trained Librarian. There are 3 professionals and one support staff.

6.5 Services

Besides reading room facilities and home loan facilities, the Library organizes cultural programmes.

6.6 Computerisation

Library has two computers, two printers and one scanner, but these are all being used for office work alone.  Library catalogue is still being maintained manually. However,  Internet facility is available on request to readers.

6.7 Seating capacity

The reading room of the library can accommodate 40 readers at a time. Beside, the Committee room has a capacity of 15 members at a time

Raghumal Vedic Public Library

 Raghumal Vedic Public Library
The Raghumal Vedic Public Library is yet another Public Library established in 1915. It is managed by Lala Raghumal Trust. Its collection exceeding 30,000 volumes has a concentration of Sanskrit and Vedic literature. Its annual budget is Rs. 10,000.

7.1 Finance

The sources of Library finance are:
-Trust’s property,
-Grants-in-aid, and
-Membership subscription.

8. Fatehpuri Masjid Library & Reading Room

The Fatehpuri Muslim Public Library and Reading Room, Chandni Chowk was created in 1926 and was attached to a School in Fatehpuri Mosque. It is also called Fatehpuri Islamic Library. It is being  managed by the Delhi Wakf Board and caters to the requirements of Muslim community of the locality. The book stock exceeding 15,000 in Arabic, English, Hindi, Persian and Urdu, specializes in Islamic studies. It subscribes to 21 serials and 15 newspapers. It has 10 very old and valuable manuscripts of Mughal period. It remains open from 8am to 6pm. It is headed by a professionally qualified librarian  supported by two other staff members. Its budget is  ` 2,50,000 for books and `.1,600 for periodicals, `2000 for binding. Staff salary costs `77,000.
It is manually operated library using Colon Classification scheme for classification of books. Besides consultation, reference, bibliography, reading room facility, library provides photocopy service. Its reading room can accommodate 30 readers at a time.

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9. Ramakrishna Mission Library and Reading Room

Ramakrishna Mission Library and Reading Room, New Delhi housed  in the campus of Rama Krishna Mission Ashram at Pachkuiah Road, New Delhi was established in 1956.  Its working hours are from 8am to 8pm. Its collection has crossed 50,000 volumes. Library subscribes/receives 150 periodicals besides 10 newspapers.  It has a book budget of `100,000 per annum. Its staff strength comprise three male professionals and 5 other male support staff who work under the supervision of an engineer monk. Beside there are quite a few other volunteer library workers too.
Library is fully automated and uses VLIS (Vivekananda Library and Information Software) for organising its various housekeeping operations. It has 15 computers, 2 printers, 1 scanner and 3 bar code readers. It is a member of library consortium. Its services comprise consultation, book loan, referral, photocopy, internet browsing and OPAC.  There is separate seating arrangement for males and females.

11. Delhi Public Library

The most important land-mark in the history of public libraries in the city of Delhi has been the creation of Delhi Public Library (DPL). It was established in 1951 as a Public Library Project by the Ministry of Education, Government of India with technical assistance from Unesco. Currently Delhi Public Library is functioning under the administrative control of Ministry of Culture, Government of India through Delhi Library Board, an autonomous body established under a special resolution of the then Ministry of Education, Government of India. It is housed in  Auchinleck building  opposite old Delhi Railway station. The building was to serve as  a transit camp and canteen for defence personnel. The building is gifted by Seth Ramkrishna Dalmia. The foundation stone dated 5th February 1944 reads as:   

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11.1 Delhi Library Board

Delhi Library Board (DLB), the Governing Body of DPL consists of 15 members, including the Chairman and Vice-Chairman nominated by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Director General of DPL – a new post created in 2010 is the ex-officio Member Secretary of the DLB,  representatives of the Union Ministry of Education, Delhi Administration, Municipal Corporation, New Delhi Municipal Committee, Unesco, and four co-opted members. In addition there are various sub-committees constituted by DLB to organize different activities of DPL such as (i) Finance and Establishment Committee, (ii) Books Advisory Committee, (iii) Departmental Promotion Committee, (iv) Selection/Screening Committee, etc.

11.2 Delhi Public Library System

Besides Main Library at  Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Marg,  the Delhi Public Library system comprises ,  one Regional Library at Sarojini Nagar, 3 branches (Karol Bagh, Patel Nagar, Shahdara), 24 sub-braches, 3 community libraries, 12 resettlement colony libraries, 22 deposit stations, 70 Mobile Library points. In addition it has a Braille Library which caters to the requirements of over 505 visually impaired readers. In all it served 73,467 members during 2010-11 (Delhi Public Library annual Report 2010-11 p.2-30). 

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11.3 Staff Strength

DPL has a sanctioned staff strength of 449 personnel comprising 329 professionally qualified library staff and remaining 120 non professionals. Many of these positions are lying vacant. Staff is an important component of the library system. Its impact is clearly reflected in the quality of library services. Efforts are being made to recruit the staff to fill these vacant posts.
As per Unit number of Library Systems of VMOU Kota presents  the following picture  of DPL staff:
Staff strength
Staff strength

11.4 Finance

DPL is fully financed by the government of India. During 2010-11 it received grant-in-aid amounting to Rs. 16,66,00,000 under Non-plan head (Rs.12,41,00,000) and Plan head (Rs.4,25,00,000). It was spent under the following heads:
Head of Account
Amount Spent
Amount Spent


Books & Reading Material
Other Items
                                                                                 (Source: Delhi Public Library Annual report 2010-2011 p.2)
Breakup of Expenditure on Books & Reading Material during the financial year 2010-11 is as follows:
Name of Head
Periodicals & Newspapers with Unesco Coupons
Gramophone Records
                                                                                   (Source: Delhi Public Library Annual report 2010-2011 p.2)
DVD Corners have been set up in 7 libraries of DPL System. These libraries are located at Central Library (Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Marg), Sarojini Nagar Regional Library, Patel Nagar Branch Library, Vinobapuri Branch Library, Janakpuri Branch Library, Karol Bagh Branch Library, and R K Puram Library. Together these seven libraries issued 19,374 CD/DVDs for home viewing during 2010-2011.

11.5 Expenditure on Books and Staff

During the initial years, the expenditure on books and staff salaries used to be almost equal. But as the staff component started growing, the expenditure on staff salaries started showing an upward trend. The following decennial figures of expenditure compiled from various annual reports of Delhi Public Library are a testimony to this:
Expenditure on books
Expenditure on staff salary

11. 6 Technical Services

On the basis of selection done by Book Advisory Committees for English, Hindi, Urdu and Panjabi, the books are purchased, technically processed  and transferred to respective service units. During the year 2010-11 as many as 33,868 books were procured, out of which 33,647 were purchased and rest 221 were received as gratis from various sources. Under Delivery of Book Act 10,711 titles were received.

11.7 Readers Services

Any resident of NCT Delhi can avail free membership of DPL system without any annual subscription by filling a Membership Form obtainable from reception at a price of Rs. 2. The applicant has to make refundable security deposit of Rs.50 in case he/she is unable to secure the recommendation of a suitable guarantor such as a gazetted officer, elected public representative, MBBS doctor, lawyer, bank manager, chartered accountant, etc.  Members are given 1 to 3 borrowers tickets depending upon the size of the library service unit against which books are issued for 14 days.
Total membership   (Adults 56,544 & Children 16,923)                73,467                 
Number of books issued                                                               11,69,734
Average number of books issued per day                                         3,378
Number of books consulted in reference section                          20,659
Attendance of readers in Reading Rooms                                    2,44,499
                                                                           (Source: Delhi Public Library Annual report 2010-2011 p3)

11.8 Childrens Sections

Childrens Sections have been set up in Central Library at Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Marg, Sarojini Nagar Regional Library, and Patel Nagar Branch Library. All these three Childrens sections have been revamped with new books, DVDs, toys, games and suitable furniture. These Childrens’ sections are very well decorated and furnished with colourful chairs and tables.  

11.9 Extension Services

DPL system is running two types of extension services i.e. (i) Deposit Stations, and (ii) Mobile Libraries.
11.9.1 Deposit Stations: This innovative scheme is being run by DPL in collaboration with housing societies/ resident welfare associations. Under this scheme books are lent to societies/associations and training imparted to their volunteers for keeping the issue and return record. At the end of March 2011 there were 22 such deposit stations in NCT of Delhi. The scheme served 2,451 members and issued 28,002 books.
11.9.2 Mobile Libraries: Since beginning of DPL, this scheme has been a very popular library service in colonies of Delhi and around. The Mobile Library Service was suspended for some years because of non availability of CNG mobile vans. This service has again been reintroduced since 2005. During 2010-11 it served 4,275 members in 70 colonies and issued 71,156 books. During the years 1964 to 1998 it served the following service points on 5 identified routes:
Years                                       Routes                                                Service points
1964-65                                  5                                                 54
1981-82                                   5                                                65
1987-88                                    5                                               78
1988-89                                    5                                                81
1991-92                                    5                                                82
1992-93                                    5                                                86
1997-98                                    5                                                102
(Source:MPLS-02 Library Systems, Vardhman Mahaveer Open University, Kota. 2009 p. 77)            
11.9.3 Baja Ghar: DPL runs a gramophone records and music cassettes library where these are lent to registered borrowers of the Library. These music records/cassettes comprise classical, instrumental, light music, bhajans, ghazals, filmy songs etc. The total stock of these music materials number 9,431.
11.9.4 Braille Library: The Braille is the specialized service of DPL which caters to the reading requirements of visually impaired members of the library. It has a total collection of 15,699 books in English and Hindi. During 2010-11 the library issued 16,421 books to 505 blind members.
11.9.5 Service to Prisoners: DPL provides library service to the prisoners of Central Tihar Jail of NCT Delhi. It served 570 registered prisoner members and issued them 15,839 books during 2010-11.
11.9.6 Practical Training in Library science: Under this service, technical advice and practical training is imparted to library & information science students and institutions to give them hands-on-experience in handling/performing different activities/jobs in libraries.   
11.9.7 INTERNET service:
Internet service is being provided from three units of DPL.  The following diagram shows the interest of users community in books and Internet among readers. It is found that on one side the interest of members is increasing in Internet, the record of issue of  printed books is also increasing in three different libraries. This fact is to be considered carefully while bringing any change in purchase policy of electronic resources :

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(Source: Library Systems. Vardhman Mahaveer Open University,Kota. 2009. P. 82)

11.10 Collection

As on  31st March 2011 the collection of the DPL System stood at 16,08,813. Language wise breakup of books received under the provisions of  Delivery of Book Act can be seen from the table given below:
S. No.
Stock as on
Receipt during
Stock as on

                                                                                  (Source: Delhi Public Library Annual report 2010-2011 p.5)
DPL is also receiving the publications of the Asian Development Bank as its Depository Library since 1994. These are available for consultation alone at the Main Library at Dr S P Mukherjee Marg, Delhi 110006. 

11.11 Serials/Newspapers

Library subscribes to 110 periodicals and 29 newspapers. 

11.12 Library Automation

The computerization activities at DPL were initiated in 1995 with the installation of computers loaded with UNESCO`s CDS/ISIS software package which enabled the library to create bibliographic databases. From 1997 onwards books received under DBA provision are being inputted in computer database. By end of March 2011 bibliographic records of 52,681 books in English and 38,180 books in Hindi had been created using CDS/ISIS. DPL is now using KOHA open software for books received under DBA provisions.

12. Dyal Singh Public Library

Dyal Singh Public Library is named after the name of Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia who was the son of Sardar Lehna Singh, a General in the army of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Dyal Singh Public Library was originally established in 1928 at Lahore in Punjab in pursuance of the WILL of Dyal Singh Majithia (1848-1898) - a philanthropist and social reformer of the 19th century Punjab. After partition of India, with the efforts of Late Dewan Anand Kumar, the first Vice Chancellor of Panjab University, the Dyal Singh Public Library was established once again in free India in 1950.  The Library was re-established in its new building at #1  Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg,  New Delhi in 1957.
B K Nehru had once said that Dyal Singh Majithia was “undoubtedly one of the most remarkable pioneers who led India out of the darkness of ignorance to the enlightenment of modernity through liberal education”. India celebrated the 150th Birth Anniversary of Dyal Singh Majithia in 1998 as well as his 100th Death Anniversary as Majithia died on September 9, 1898.  Dyal Singh Majithia established the Tribunenewspaper and a Public Library well endowed with books, which were made available to general public free of cost.
Dyal Singh Public Library was registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 on 2.8.1948 at Kalka (then in east Punjab) in accordance with the `WILL’ of the donor of the Trust Late Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia. Justice R.S. Sarkaria says that “Dyal Singh College and Dyal Singh Library are today a mute testimony to the vision of this great man”. The Library is a Charitable Public Trust.
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12.1 Mission and Mandate

The Mission and Mandate of Dyal Singh Public Library is “Imparting knowledge and Dissemination of Information to general public from all sections of society without any discrimination and without any fee”.
 Daily visitors: Around 90 to 100
Daily consultation of books: Between 125-150
Working hours/days                       9.30 AM to 5.30 PM    6 days / week        
Closed on                                            Sundays and Gazetted Holidays

12.2 Library Clientele

 Registered Library Members:    9000

12.2.1 Membership Breakup in percentage:

Students                              70   Percent
                                Professionals                     18   Percent
                                Govt/Private officials     9     Percent
                                Businessmen                     2     Percent
                                Retired Persons               1     Percent
                                Housewives                       0.3  Percent


12.2.2 Subject Interest of Library Clientele:

                English Literature (Fiction)                           100 Percent
                Computer Science                                           62   Percent
                Management                                                    59   Percent
                History                                                                  56   Percent
                Science & Technology                                    19   Percent
             [Source:  Survey conducted by Mr. Pankaj Kumar in 2006]

12.2.3 Library Use

In yet another Survey conducted by Delhi Library Association in 2007 it was found that out of 25 readers present in the Library on the day of distribution of the Questionnaire, 40 percent of them were students and the other 60 percent were teachers, government officials, executives, engineers, medical professionals, journalists, etc. The readers were having qualifications as graduate, MBA, CA, MBBS, MD, MCA, BCA and so on.
Users had shown their interests in the subjects like economics, business management, accountancy, science, sociology, history, English literature, computer science, philosophy, general study, current affairs, engineering, education, public administration, etc. 

12.3 Library Building

The Library is housed on the ground floor of the two-storey building of its own. Except for few rooms for Trust Officials and readers, the entire upper floor is rented to other offices and to the daily Tribune (newspaper). The total area of Library compound  is 1.31 acres.
12.3.1 Floor Plan:
 Reading hall on ground floor opens to the view of first floor of the building with high ceiling. Stack rooms and reading hall is a unified one. Stack area is a mix of steel and wooden double faced unit racks of 7.5 feet   and 6 feet of height respectively. There are 198 unit racks/book shelves. Ninety units fixed on one side of entrance and 102 units on the other side stand organized into six blocks. 

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12.4 Furniture (Wooden)

Reading Tables                                  14
Chairs (Ground Floor.)                   50
Chairs (First Floor.)                          25  

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