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Rajkya Sarvajanik Zila Pustakalya (District Library), Banswara
Banswara is the district headquarter of Banswara district of Rajsthan in India. It is the eastern part of the region called Vagad or Vagwar. There are two believes behind the origin of the name. It is said that it was named after a Bhil ruler called Basnia or Wasna who ruled this region. He was defeated and killed by Jagmal Singh who became the first Maharaval of the princely state. According to another theory it got its name because of the abundance of bamboo forests found in the area.
Banswara is also famous for the revolt by the Bhils under the leadership of Govindgiri and Punja against the British in November, 1913. Hunderds of them were shot dead at the Mangarh hillock. The place is famous as Mangarh DhamAfter independence this princely state merged with the State of Rajsthan and became a district in 1949.
The library was started in the year 1956 in the local municipality building. In 2004 it was shifted to its own building.
The library has a single storey building with a big Stack Room, Reading Room, Librarian's Room, Children's Section, Women's Section and attached parking space.
Banswara is about 825 Kms from national capital New Delhi and around 450 Kms from state capital Jaipur.
It is bound on the north by Udaipur district and Pratapgarh district; on the east by Ratlam district of Madhya Pradesh; on the west by Dungarpur district; on the south by Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh and on the south-west Panchmahal district of Gujrat.
The library is located on the Rati Talai main road, near District Education Office (DEO) office. It is about 1.5 Kms from the city bus stand.
The library has following posts:
|Sr.No.||Designation||No. of Posts|
|1||Librarian||Mr Harish Chand Divedi|
The library has a rich collection of 64,000+ books. The whole collection has been divided into many general and special collections arranged according to DDC-19 classification scheme and catalogued using CCC. A major part of collection has also been catalogued using e-pustakalya software.
The library subscribes to 12 newspapers in English & Hindi and 35 magazines.
The prominent newspapers subscribed by the library are:
|Sr.No.||Name of Newspaper||Language|
|8||Times of India||English|
The library offers membership for a period of one session (1st April to 31st March) and is renewable thereafter. There is a nominal membership fee, but a refundable security needs to be paid at the time of Ist registration by outsiders. This secutiry is carried forward during periodical renewals. The membership fee is as under,
- Adults Rs 30 (form price Rs 1)
The library has one computer with internet connectivity. A considerable part of the library collection has been catalogued using e-pustakalya and the work is in progress.
The library remains closed on every Tuesday. The library timings vary according to the season.
- Summer (Ist April to 30th September) 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm
- Winter (Ist October to 31st March) 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Rajkya Saravajanik Zila Pustakalya (District Library),
Near DEO Office,
Rati Talai Main Road,
Phone: +91 2962 244 491
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