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Delhi Public Library is a national depository library in the Indian Union Territory of Delhi. The library has 37 branches across the state.
Delhi Public Library
CountryIndia
TypePublic
Established27 October 1951; 69 years ago
LocationDelhi
Branches37
Collection
Items collectedBooks, Newspaper, Periodicals, Braille Books, Paintings, Digital Media, Gramophone Records
Size1.7M
Legal depositNational Depository Centre
Access and use
Circulation1M
Members1,59,000
Other information
BudgetINR 139M
Staff214
Website
www.dpl.gov.in
Map
History
The library was established on 27 October 1951 as a pilot project sponsored by UNESCO and the Government of India. The library project dates back to 1944, when Shri Ramkrishna Dalmia donated most of the amount required to construct a library building at the request of Gen. Sir Claude Auchinleck. In February 1950 the Indian government and UNESCO agreed to initiate the project, and the library was officially opened on 27 October 1951, by then Prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru. The library buildings were acquired between 1951 and 1953, with operations formally transferred from UNESCO to the Indian Government in 1955. The library provides training facilities to student librarians and social education workers from its early days.[1]
Facilities
The library has been expanding its services as a centre for the dissemination of knowledge, information and culture. It is increasingly felt that the library should not merely serve as a centre for lending books, but should also grow as a robust organization devoted to promote intellectual pursuits and create community rapport among its readers.
References
^ Google News Archive of The Indian Express - 23 June 1953
External links
Official website

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