State Central Library, Uttarpara Joykrishna Public Library,
Kolkata Metropolitan Library, District Libraries, Town/Sub
Division and Rural/Area/Primary Unit Libraries renders Reading
room service. The first three Libraries mentioned above provide
most well organized Reading room services. The State Central
Library has two big reading rooms one for reading English
books and another for reading Bengali books. For Children
Section, Reference Section, Career Guidance Section, Newspaper
Section, Periodical Section, Braille Section spacious reading
rooms are there. Everyday, about 400
readers attend these reading rooms.
Uttarpara Joykrishna Public Library, a Public
Library known for its unique collection of twentieth century
Bengali literature has general reading rooms, reading rooms
for researchers and the above-mentioned reading rooms like
State Central Library.
Kolkata Metropolitan Library and all other
District Libraries render reading room services like Uttarpara
Joykrishna Public Library except the Braille reading room
services. People irrespective of caste, creed, sex, educational
attainment etc. can attend the reading rooms and they are
provided with personal services as per their requirements
Division and Rural/Area/Primary Unit
Libraries also render reading room services for the general
readers and career seekers.
categories of Libraries including The State Central Library
render lending Service to the readers. Lending service is
provided to the adult readers by depositing certain amount
of money as caution money. In case of government Libraries,
the amount is Rs.200 for books
of Rs. upto 200 and Rs. 500
for books from the amount of Rs. 201
to Rs. 500. No book of worth
above Rs. 500 is not at present
lent out. In Government Sponsored and other Libraries this
amount vary from Library to Library. No caution money is taken
from Children members in Government and Government Sponsored
Libraries. Books of all subjects and all authors excluding
Reference Books, Books for Career Guidance, Books which are
marked as “not to be lent out” are issueable.
State Central Library, Kolkata Metropolitan Library, Uttarpara
Joykrishna Public Library, all other Government and government
Sponsored District Libraries has separate Children Section.
No fee is being charged from children members. Children upto
the age of 16 can become a member.
A few Town /Subdivision Libraries also have separate Children
Section. It is compulsory for every Library to utilise 10%
of the total Book Grant by purchasing Children Books.
State Central Library, Kolkata Metropolitan Library, Uttarpara
Joykrishna Public Library, Government District Libraries and
Government Sponsored District Libraries, Town/Sub Division
and Rural/Area/Primary Unit libraries have separate Reference
Sections. Short range and long range Reference Services are
rendered from these sections. Among the services there are
Bibliographical services, Personalised Services to the readers
etc. Town/ Subdivisional Libraries also render Reference Services
though in most of the cases they have no separate Reference
the financial year 1999-2000
the State Government has mobilized career Guidance service
in a new form in State Central Library, Kolkata Metropolitan
Library, Uttarpara Joykrishna Public Library and in all of
the Government and Government Sponsored District Libraries.
From 2000-2001 financial Year
Career Guidance Service has been extended upto the level of
Town/ Subdivisional Libraries. Government has also provided
fund for establishment of career guidance services to some
of the Rural/Primary Unit Libraries on the basis of their
overall performance. Students, jobseekers, people from different
walks of life who are in search of different careers can have
their desirable books/document in these sections. Career counselling
is also being held in the career guidance sections of State
Central Library, Uttarpara Joykrishna Public Library and in
most of the District Libraries.
Central Library has a separate section for visually impaired
persons. It is run with the help of a voluntary organization.
There is reading facility of blind students, ordinary blind
readers in this section. Braille Books and audio help is being
provided. Government has Plan to extend this service to all
of the District Libraries including Uttarpara Joykrishna Public
Library and Kolkata Metropolitan Library.
State Government has a scheme to open at least one Community
Library Cum Information Centre(CLIC) in a Gram Panchayat that
does not have a Public Library. The purpose of this scheme
is to expand Library Services to these uncovered Gram Panchayat
areas. The CLICs are to provide, along with the books, relevant
and useful information to the people in the Gram Panchayat
start with, one centre in each Panchyat Samity total 341
in number has been set up. A Managing Committee consisting
of representatives from the Gram Panchayat, local community
teachers and readers shall look after the day to day functioning
of the Centre. The Gram Panchayat is providing suitable accommodation
for housing the Centre, which remains open for at least 03
hours a day on 5 days a week
including Saturday and Sunday. The community will decide the
working hours according to the convenience of the users. The
centre is being run by a part time Community Library Organiser
(CLO) who is appointed on contractual basis by the Managing
Committee. The CLO receives a monthly remuneration of Rs.
800. He should not be an employee
of Government or Government Sponsored System and renewal of
his service depends on his performance in the centre.
The State Government through the concerned Zilla Parishad
provides to each centre one time non-recurring grant of Rs.
9000 for purchase of books and
furniture, recurring grant of Rs. 6400
for the purchase of newspapers, periodicals and other reading
materials and recurring grant of Rs. 9600
for payment of honorarium to the CLO. Managing Committee of
the Centre may also collect subscriptions from its members
and receive grants and donations from the State Government/Local
With the traditional functions of the Libraries these centres
will provide additional services such as dissemination of
current information on vital issue, dissemination of occupational
information, information on locally available resources for
decentralized palling and information related to functioning
of local body for ccountability and transparency.
Considering the backwardness of the area these CLICs will
also be linked with the literacy campaigns and Nodal Continuing
Education centres in the districts where continuing education
programmes have been taken up.