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District Library Jalandhar
Guru Nanak Dev District Library, Jalandhar was established in 1957 to mark the 500th birth day of the 1st Sikh Guru - Guru Nanak Dev Ji and was named after Him. Its Founder Librarian is considered to be Mr. Pritam Singh Bedi.
In begining the library was started in a rented building in Model Town area of the city but gradually the present building was constructed and the library was shifted here in 1969. Since then the library is serving its clientele from here.
The Library occupies 3.9 acres of area in the heart of the city. The two story building is circular with a roof sloping from the centre towards the ends - giving it a monumental appearnce. It is believed that the design was imported from England and was prepared by some English architect which is a unique for a library in the whole of the state.
The Ground Floor occupies the librarian's room, his office, children section, newspaper/magazine reading room and toilets.
The Ist Floor is reachable by stairs and an ramp has also been provided for the same. It consists of main stack hall. The stack hall is beautifully designed. Its circular in shape with the circulation desk in the center. There is a terrace also running full circle with book racks arranged radially facing the center of the hall-the circulation desk. The terrace is reachable by two flights of stairs.
Apart from the main building of the library an fully AC Auditorium has also been provided. Though it is not part of the circular building it has been attached very auesthetically, adding to the overall beauty of the building. The auditorium is the hub of activities like seminars, exihibitions, workshops,conferences and cultural activities etc. organized by the library from time to time. The auditorium is also rented for similar activities to other organization.
The library is located on the old NH-1 (also known as Grand Trunk Road or simply GT Road) passing through the heart of the city. Though now an bypass has been provided by NHAI (National Highway Authority of India) the old highway has not lost its sheen. The library is only few hundard meters from the Main Bus Stand towards Amritsar. It is 2 Kms from the railway station and all the important places like District Administration head offices, radio station and market etc. fall just within 1 Km of the library. So the library occupies the prime land of the city.
Since its inception the library was headed by different librarians for different periods of time. The names of the librarians and the tenure of their service is as follows:
- Mr Durga Dutt Kapila from February 1957 to July 1957
- Mr Rajinder Kumar Goyal from July 1957 to May 1961
- Mr Amrik Singh Rattan from May 1961 to June 1962
- Mr Pritam Singh Bedi from July 1962 to December 1964
- Mr Bhagwan Daas from December 1964 to September 1966
- Mr Pritam Singh Bedi from September 1966 to June 1980
- Mr Rajinder Kumar Puri from June 1980 to 31st December1997
- Mr Gurdial Singh Kahlon from 1998 to till date
At present there are a total of 18 positions in the library and of these 6 are lying vacant. The division of the posts is as follows:
|1.||Librarian||Mr Gurdial Singh Kahlon|
|2.||Librarian||Ms Surinder Kour|
|3.||Restorer||Mr Ram Kishan|
|5.||Book Binder||Mr Pawiter Singh|
|6.||Library Attendent||Mr Ramesh Kumar|
|7.||Library Attendent||Mr Lalita Prothad|
|8.||Library Attendent||Mr Bhullar Yadav|
|9.||Library Attendent||Mr Devi Bahadur Khadhka|
|10.||Peon||Mr Karnail Singh|
|11.||Mali||Mr Bade Lal|
|12.||Sweeper||Mr Vinod Kumar|
The Library has a collection of more than 1 lakh and 5 thousand. The collection collection consists of all types of reading material in all the subjects and the languages covered are English, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu. Being a public library the collection abounds in the collection of the Punjabi Literature which is the language of the local pupulation.
Apart from the books the library subscribes many newspapers and magazines.
The Newspapers are,
List of Newspapers
|The Indian Express|
|The Hindustan Times|
The magazines are,
List of Magazines
|Physics for You|
|Maths for You|
|Competition Succes Review|
|The Divine Life|
|The Sikh Review|
|Anchal Bharti||Sat Sandesh|
|Kathan||Samkalin Sahitya Samachar|
|Chak Mak||Sahitya Amrit|
|Bhai Ghanaiya Jyoti|
The library has more than 14620 registered members till date. All the members have equal access to all the services of the library.
The Library has two computers that are used for day to day routine work and also a database of library collection for automation purpose is being created. So in near future the library is looking forward to automate all its services.
Guru Nanak Dev District Library,
Near Bus Stand,
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