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Rajkya Saravajanik Mandal Pustakalya, Bikaner
Bikaner is the headquarter of Bikaner District and Bikaner Division of Rajsthan. It was formerly capital of the princely state of Bikaner.
The city was founded in 1486 by Rao Bika, the second son of Maharaja Rao Jodha of the Rathore clan and the founder of Jodhpur. Being the second son Rao Bika had no chance of being the Maharaja or inheriting the whole state. So he decided to establish a new one for himself. He chose the barren region that was popularly known as Jangladesh due to the abundance of wilderness. He conquered the region and established Bikaner as his capital.
The subsequent rulers of Bikaner further expanded the territory. They had been loyal to the Mughals. Rai Singh accepted their suzerainty and was appointed to a reputed position of General in the Mughal army. Similarly, Ganga Singh (1887-1943) was a favourite among the British. He served many positions of repute including member of Imperial War cabinet. The Bikaner Camel Corps had always been a prominent power in the state's military might. The rulers were great lovers of art and architecture. Many prominent palaces and forts are and example of this.
The library was established in the year 1937.
The library shares a spacious building with city museum. The library is on the ground floor and the museum is on the Ist floor. The library has a stack room, reading room, children section, office, automation room and store etc.
Bikaner is located at a distance of 440 Kms (approx.) from the national capital New Delhi and 330 Kms (approx.) from state capital Jaipur.
The library is located on the Jaipur road near the Circuit House just a 10-15 minutes walk from the main bus stand of the city and about 1 Km from the city railway station.
The library has following posts:
|Sr.No.||Designation||No. of Posts|
|1||Division Librarian||Mrs Shushma Rajput|
The library has rich collection of 82000+ books. The whole collection has been divided into many general and special collections arranged according to DDC-19 classification scheme with a AACR2 catalogue.
The library subscribes 14 newspapers in English & Hindi. The library also subscribes 44 magazines in different languages.
The prominent newspapers subscribed by the library are:
|Sr.No.||Name of Newspaper||Language|
|1||The Indian Express||English|
|3||The Hindustan Times||English|
|4||Times of India||English|
|5||The Economic Times||English|
|8||Employment News (Weekly)||English|
The library has around 827 registered members till now.
The library offers annual membership for a period of one session (1st April to 31st March) and is renewable thereafter. There is a nominal membership fee.
- Adults Rs 21 (form price Rs 1 extra)
- Children (5-14 years) Rs 5 (form price Rs 1 extra)
The library makes use of 5 computers for office work and automation of library operations using state developed software E-pustakalya. The library has internet facility and photocopy is available at the nominal rate of Rs 1/page.
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 Saravjanik Mandal Pustakalya (Divisional Library),
Museum Chowk (Circle),
Opposite PWD Office,
Phone: +91 151 220 1987
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