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Central State Library


About Us


The libraries in the past were considered merely store houses of books and the librarians were custodian.  It was a passive and archival institution. Over the years the public library has become a service institution, and its aim being to enable the users to make effective use of the resources and services of the libraries. 

For the growth and development of society, communication of knowledge has become increasingly important. Since a public library is for the people at large, its main function is to provide for their inspiration, recreation, information and education. The clientele it serves, covers a wide spectrum- students, researchers, intellectuals, bureaucrats, housewives, neo-literate, retired persons etc. Given a variation in the educational  background of the users the library has to serve and fulfill the demands of all.

The Central State Library is a beehive of intellectual activities.  Since its very inception it has carved a niche for itself in academic, literary and social circles of city beautiful.  The library has a regular flow of visitors representing a cross-section of the populace of this region.  Students, bureaucrats, doctors, engineers, children flock to the library as it affords a wide spectrum of books covering a large range of topics.  Bibliophiles have a special affinity for it, as the latest books are the earliest to reach this library. The library has given a positive thrust to book-culture and related activities. Central State Library caters to the demand of northern sectors and villages of the Chandigarh with a network of two branches, a reading room and a mobile van. This library network development has given a new impetus to book culture.  People have free access to the quintessential reading material virtually at their doorstep.  

          The Chandigarh  Public Library System was initiated in 1955 under First Five Year  Plan. This was covered under the scheme of Govt. of India.” Promotion of Art and Culture." After reorganisation of the state of Punjab it came under the control of Chandigarh Administration.  

          The liberal grants by the Chandigarh Administration have helped the library grow rapidly to fulfill the divergent demand of the readers.  It has a State Library Planning Committee under the Chairmanship of Home and Education Secretary, and Director, Higher Education is the Vice-Chairman. Eminent educationist and nominee of Raja Rammohun Roy Library Foundation are the members. The Committee meets at regular intervals to discuss and suggest policies for the development of library systems.