Staff Correspondent

Upgrading of City Central Library begins

It will be upgraded at cost of

Rs. 2.5 crore

Department to spend Rs. 50 lakh to purchase books

HUBLI: Minister for Primary and Secondary Education and Public Libraries Basavaraj Horatti has said the Government was planning to upgrade public libraries in the north Karnataka and to begin with it had started upgrading the City Central Library in Hubli.

He was speaking after launching work to upgrade the City Central Library into a state-of-the-art library, here on Saturday.

The Department of Public Libraries has already purchased the building for Rs. 4.5 crore from the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation.

Mr. Horatti said the three-storey building would be converted into a sophisticated public library, which would include a digital library, at cost of Rs. 2.5 crore.

A sum of Rs. 1.8 crore had been released to the “Nirmiti Kendra” headed by Deputy Commissioner of Dharwad, which would be carrying out the upgrading work, he said. The Minister said the department would be spending Rs. 50 lakh to purchase books of all categories written by national and international authors.

Mr. Horatti said he would lay the foundation stone for the construction of a library in the memory of Kannada poet Ranna on Sunday.

Funds

He also requested the district in-charge Minister Jagadish Shettar to take steps to release funds from the district administration for development of public libraries in the district.

Regretting the waning habit of reading among people, Pralhad Joshi, MP, said the country had always given importance to dissemination of knowledge. He called upon the youth to develop the habit of reading. Presiding over the function, Mr. Shettar recalled his association with the public library in Hubli during the student days.

Digitalisation

Welcoming the gathering P.Y. Rajendrakumar, director, Department of Public Libraries, said that digitalisation of 30,000 Kannada books had been completed as against the target of one lakh books. The process of giving 2,500 Kannada books to Kannada Sanghas outside the State had begun, he said.

MLA Vinay Kulkarni, Deputy Commissioner M.S. Srikar, Chairman of Hubli-Dharwad Urban Development Authority Lingaraj Patil and zilla panchayat vice-president Nijanagouda Patil were among those who were present.

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