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“This is like my personal library”

View of the library

View of the library  

The District Branch Library on Turn Bulls Road will soon sport a new look.

Six people are so engrossed in reading newspapers that they are oblivious to a squeaky noise piercing the air. A carpenter is mending the chairs at this District Branch Library on Turn Bulls Road in Nandanam.

“The work should be over in a week,” says a staff at the library.

None of the regular readers is complaining about this disturbance. In fact, they are happy the library is getting a facelift. White-washing of the building will be taken up soon. There are few more plans for the library.

The library, which is a second home to many residents, was first functioning in a Housing Board premises. Members made representations and got it shifted to the present premises. Since 1988, the library has been functioning in its own building.

Among regular visitors to the library are Tamil writer S.A. Kandasamy.

“The branch library is like my personal library, easy to identify books. I don’t buy magazines or newspapers that are subscribed here,” says Kandasamy, requesting the staff that the newspaper stand be brought out so that he can stand and read.

Last month, 15 more people were added to its list of donors.

“ Members request their friends to become patrons of the library by donating a minimum of Rs.1,000,” says Kandasamy.

S. P. Solaimalai, a retired assistant commissioner, urban land tax, is another regular at the library.

“I come here almost every day. In fact, I started taking reading more seriously after visits to the library,” says Solaimalai, a long-time resident of Nandanam.

The library has 1,950 members and, on an average, it has 50 visitors every day.

Members want more books to be added, especially academic books and works of fiction.

According to S. Elango Chandra Kumar, district library officer, the money collected from patrons is deposited in the bank.

“The interest earned is used to buy additional periodicals for the library,” he says.

There are no funds as such for every library, but depending on the need, works are taken up.

“A glass partition will also be made in the library,” said Elango.

The library is open from 8 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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