Jamshedpur: Taking the first step forward towards promoting reading habit and knowledge enhancement among youths, a mobile library facility was launched here on Thursday by the district Information and Public Relations Office, East Singhbhum.
The library is housed in a four-wheeler, one Tata Magic, equipped with LED illumination.
The mobile library reached Gurma village situated on the National Highway 33. The organizers said the van has over 200 books and magazines covering numerous subjects. The books on general knowledge, English grammar, computer science and various other fields of day to day importance are there on the shelves of the mobile library, they said.
“The purpose of starting this library is to provide access to the rural youths to a library. For a long time, the need for a library was being felt by the people. Sensing this well in time, we decided to start it for the benefit of the village youths. Since youths need access to quality books and magazines, it will be our endeavour to provide them best possible facilities in the library,” said Sanjay Kumar, district public relations officer (DPRO).
Speaking about the benefits of the mobile library, the DPRO said it would provide knowledge about government schemes, employment opportunities, global news and information on various subjects. Books will be provided to students on the premises of schools by 2 pm and will be taken back before the school breaks for the day.
On other times, books will be made available to villagers in prominent places in villages. Books will be later returned to the district headquarters. Similar method will be employed for the benefit of people living in urban slum areas, sources said.
Among those present on the occasion of inauguration of the mobile library included SMN Rizvi, assistant director of Information office, Ranchi, and officer of Indian Information Service, Anjani Kumar Mishra, officer in-charge of regional publicity directorate, Jamshedpur, Bhavishya Kmar Sharma, Gaurav Ghosh, Anup Kundu, Birendra Dogra, Abhay Kumar and Samant Kumar.