Developments like the internet and e-books do pose challenges to libraries but in Dehradun the library culture is still alive. Even though e-reading is easily accessible, many people- including the youth- of Dehradun prefer spending time with books in the library.
Dehradun has about a dozen public libraries which hold significant importance in preserving the history of Dehradun apart from other subjects. Mahatma Khushi Ram PublicLibrary, Doon Library and Research Centre, Dehradun District Public Library , Songsten Library are some of the major libraries in the city.
Pitamber Joshi, librarian at Mahatma Khushi Ram Public Library situated at Gandhi Road says, “This library was built in 1921 by a retired postmaster named Khushi Ram when Dehradun was a famous spot for the British. It has been 98 years since and in next two years it will be celebrating its hundred years of glory. I have completed 25 years of service in this library.
In the beginning we had only 250 members but with the passage of time our members have increased to 600, including 450 youngsters. We have more than 50,000 books of all genres including literature, philosophy, science and humanities,” he said. There are still some libraries where people come mainly to read newspapers and magazines. “Doon District Public Library is a government library. Earlier there were few members but as more people registered we changed the interiors providing proper fans and lights.
People come, sometimes to read newspapers and magazines and sometimes they bring their own study material as libraries provide the right ambience for the students and the readers,” says a staff member of the library Amar Singh.
The librarian at Doon Library and Research Centre, Parade Ground, JB Goel believes book reading is easy and better than other digital mediums. “We have adequate facilities, free wifi access and more than 27,000 books on humanities and philosophy among other subjects.
There are more than 4000 registrations out of which about 200 show up daily,” he said.
Tuesday, 09 July 2019 | Simran Naudiyal | Dehradun
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