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MM Central State Library Patiala


MM Central State Library, Patiala

The library was established in 1955 by the government of PEPSU as the Central Public Library and it was opened to the public on 23rd July 1956. In 1956, when PEPSU was merged with Punjab State, the library became State Library for the areas covered by the erstwhile PEPSU State, while the Central State Library, Chandigarh covered the old Punjab areas. On the reorganization of the State of Punjab on 1 November 1966 , the Chandigarh Library became the State Library of Union Territory of Chandigarh and this library became the Central State Library of the reorganized Punjab. In 1978 , the library was renamed as Musafir Memorial Central State Library in honour of late Giani Gurmukh Singh Musafir, the literary Chief Minister of Punjab.


Central Hall, Central State Library, Patiala

The Library has a modular two storey building with different blocks for different sections of the library. The library covers an total area of 23 bighas and 2 biswas. The library has two halls attached to it. One is the Lecture hall that hosts many seminars/conferences etc. The other one is the fully air-conditioned auditorium with a capacity to accomodate 800 people at a time. These halls are also lent to the general public on rent. They are a hub of cultural activities in the city. They also generate some income for the library.


Giant Globe at the Central Hall, Central State Library, Patiala

The city of Patiala is 249 Kms from Delhi and 63 Kms from Chandigarh. The library is located just close to the main Bus Stand and the Railway Station of the city. It is on the Moga road just a walking distance from the bus stand.


Rare Manuscripts, Central State Library, Patiala
  • Mr Thakur Das Jand from 23.07.1956 to 30.09.1967
  • Mr Bechint Singh Dhillon from 01.10.1967 to 31.12.1972
  • Mr Harmahinder Singh from 08.03.1973 to 30.11.1987
  • Mr K K Sharma from 01.12.1987 to 31.03.1994
  • Mr Raghbir Singh from 01.04.1994 to 29.02.2000
  • Mr Satnam Singh from 11.03.2000 to 31.10.2007
  • Mr Vinod Gautam from 01.11.2007 to 16.10.2008
  • Mr Nirmaljeet Singh Sekhon from 17.10.2008 to 31.12.2009
  • Ms Kulbir Kaur from 03.02.2010 to present
The Posts are Occupied as Follows
Sr. No. DesignationName
1.Chief LibrarianMs Kulbir Kaur
6.RestorerMs Davinder Kour Dakha
7.RestorerMs Parmod Kumari
8.RestorerMs Davinderjeet Kour
9.Office Supdt.Mr Harcharan Singh
10.ClerckMs Davinderpal Kour
11.ClerckMr Ranjit Singh
12.ClerckMs Amrit Kumari
13.ReceptionistMs Urmila Gupta
14.Book BinderMr Kishori Lal
15.Book LifterMs Krishna Devi
16.PeonMr Rajinder Singh
17.PeonMr Harvinder Singh
18.PeonMs Harwant Kour
19.PeonMr Bharat
20.PeonMr Madan Lal
21.GardenerMr Amarjeet Singh
22.GardererMr Major Singh
23.ChowkidaarMr Vijay Kumar
24.ChowkidaarMr Bhupinder Singh
25.SweeperMr Jang Singh
26.SweeperMs Satya Rani


Magazine Rack, Central State Library, Patiala

The library has a rich collection of more than 1.5 lakh documents. The library is known for its collection of rare manuscripts. It has about 3000 such manuscripts, the oldest being 'Sikand Puran' which is an engraving on the Bhoj Patra (leaves). Another ones are 'Quran', famous for its calligraphy and 'Mahabharta', Translated by Bias Dev (Four Volumes). The library also has an substantial collection of Persian Language Manuscripts.

Apart from the books the library subscribes many newspapers and magazines. The Newspapers are,

List of Newspapers
English The Tribune
The Indian Express
The Hindustan Times
The Hindu
The Times of India
The Economics Times
Financial Express
Hindi Punjab Kesari
Dainik Jagran
Dainik Tribune
Amar Ujala
Dainik Bhaskar
Punjabi Ajit
Chaṛadi Kala
Desh Sewak
Rojana Sportsman
Punjabi Tribune
UrduHind Samachar

The magazines are,

List of Magazines
India Today
Grah Shobha
Naya Gyanodya
Competition Science ReviewCompetition Success Review
Civil Services ChronicleEmployment News
Health and NutritionIndia Today
OutlookWomen Era
Junior Science RefresherBanking Service Chronicle
Priyogita DarpanPunjab Geographer
Sports StarAlive
SocietyBusiness Today
Reader's DigestUniversity News
OutlookInside Outside
International Journal of Information Dissemination & Technology
Modern Kheti
Mulajam Lehar
Karamchari Lehar
Ghar Singhar
Yog Sandesh


Rare Manuscripts, Central State Library, Patiala

The library has 19,000 adult and 3500 children memebers registered till date.


The library collection is automated using WINISIS software section wise for easy updation and maintenance.


Musafir Memorial Central State Library,
Near Bus Stand,
Patiala (Pb.) - 147001.
Ph.: +91 175 2216 038
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