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District Library, Bilaspur
Bilaspur has long history. The rulers of Bilaspur claim their descent from Chanderwanshi Rajputs of Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh. It is believed that the Bilaspur town was established around 1650 A.D. by Deep Chand of Kahlur state. He wanted a new capital for his state and chose a place on the left bank of river Satluj, called 'Beas gufa' after the name of Rishi Vyas. Later it became famous as Bilaspur. However the original town was submerged in the 'Govind Sagar' on 1st July, 1954 when Bhakhra Dam was constructed. A new township above the old one has come up at a higher altitude.
The library was established in the year 1953 at the location of the old city of Bilaspur. It was shifted to the present location in the year 1960 when the city was displaced due to the construction of the Bhakhra dam subsequent flooding of the area with the water.
The library occupies a two storey building at a spacious and picturesque location. The building was constructed by the administration specially for the library along with many other buildings after the city was displaced to this new location.
The ground floor has the main reading hall and the reference-cum-children section.
Ist floor accomodates the Librarian's Room, Stack Room-cum-technical section, Office and Store
Bilaspur town is situated at a distance of 405 Kms (approx.) from national capital New Delhi, 145 Kms (approx.) from Chandigarh and 85 Kms (approx.) from state capital Shimla. It is at an elevation of 673 meters above sea level.
The library is situated near the College Chowk and is around 15 minutes walk from the main bus stand of the city.
The library has following posts:
|Sr.No.||Designation||No. of Posts|
The library has a collection of more than 33000 books in English and Hindi.
The library subscribes 10 newspapers in 2 languages i.e. English, Hindi. The library maintains files of old newspapers bound date wise into monthly bundles for previous one year.
The Library Subscribes following Newspapers:
|Sr.No.||Name of Newspaper||Language|
|4||Times of India||English|
The library has 700 registered members till now and of these 140 are active.
The library offers membership for a period of 3 years and is renewable thereafter. There is no membership fee, but a refundable security needs to be paid at the time of Ist registration. This secutiry is carried forward during periodical renewals.
Membership Security (Refundable):
- Adults Rs 200
- Children (14 years or below) Rs 50
The library makes use of 3 computers for office work but the library services are offered manually.
Apart from the gazetted holidays the library remains closed on every Tuesday and last Saturday of the month. The library timings vary according to the season.
- Summer (Ist April to 30th September) 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
- Winter (Ist October to 31st March) 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Near College Chowk,
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