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State Library, Chandigarh
In comparizon to the Central State Library in Sector 17 the State Library is quite younger. It was established on 14th August 1995, forty years after the establishment of the Central State Library. The establishment of this library is attributed to the ever growing population of the city, unprecendeted development of adjoining satellite cities of Mohali and Panchkula and the inability of the existing Central State Library in meeting the needs of the readers.
The library was started with a collection of mere 5000 books. Of these 2000 were donated by the Central State Library and 3000 were contributions from the patrons. Over the years the library collection has multiplied more than 19 times.
Now the library is expanding its horizons both internally and externally. It started its services with two more branches, one in Sector 41, Badheri and another one a reading hall in Budail.
Presently the library has two storey building and is spread over an area of more than 2400 sq.yrd. The building is incomplete and one more storey will be added shortly. The building has been divided into sections as under,
Basement consists of Acquisition Section, Children Section, Binding Section and Reading Hall.
Ground Floor accomodates Help Desk, Librarian's Room, Office and Magazine-cum-Newspaper Section.
The First Floor has Reference Section, Circulation Section, Technical Section and Stacks. The library also shares a part of this floor with Chandigarh Art Council.
Sector 34 is gaining importance as the city sub-center after sector 17. Many importance offices occupy this sector. Also many shopping complexes are coming up in here. The sector is easily accessible from both ISBT Sector 17 and New ISBT Sector 43. The library is near the Sector 34 Gurdwara and is easily accessible from the main road.
- Ms Harjinder Kaur from 14.08.1995 to 11.04.1996.
- Mr J K Kataria from 12.04.1996 to 31.01.2003.
- Mr Suraj Nagpal from 01-02-2003 to 30-11-2007.
- Mr Raghbir Singh from 01-12-2007 to 31-01-2009.
- Ms Neeru Naresh Gupta from 01.06.2009 to Present.
The library has following staff:
|Sr.No.||Designation||No. of Posts|
The library started in 1995 with a donation of 5000 books and now its collection has grown to almost 1,00,000.
The library subscribes to 20 newspapers and 80 magazines with different frequencies.
The collection has been catalogued using DDC scheme and the catalogue can be browsed at Web Opac.
The library has 10,000 registered members till date and the number is growing continously.
The library shares the same membership policy as Central State Library in Sector 17. It offers membership to all UT residents free of cost. However the members are required to deposit a security amount which is refundable at the time of withdrawl of the membership. The membership requires to be renewed every year, the renewal form can be obtained from the office. The security amount is as under,
|Member Category||Secutiry Amount (Rs)*|
|Adult (Below 16)||500|
* The security amount is one time refundable payment.
** Outsiders are the persons not residents of Chandigarh or UT, the jurisdiction of the library.
The library rules and circulation policy can be accessed at Library Rules
The liibrary membership form can be downloaded at Membership Form.
The library is fully automated and well equipped with computers and other equipment. The library is using LibSys software and the catalogue is available online at Web OPAC.
Working Days and Work Hours
The library opens opens for public from
- 10:00 am to 5:30 pm (Monday to Friday)
- 10:00 am to 01:00 pm (Saturday)
The library is closed on Sundays, Gazetted holidays and the last Saturday of every month.
Near Furniture Market,
Chandigarh - 160022.
Phone: +91 172 2676002
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