Public libraries are trusted spaces, free to enter and open to all. In them people can explore and share reading, information, knowledge and culture. Libraries will continue to be valued as trusted, safe, democratic places that offer valuable resources and expertise to support the activities of the people who use them. People will engage in creative and cultural activities as well as reading and learning, exchanging ideas, conversation and knowledge. There is a clear, compelling and continuing need for a publicly funded library service in India. But such libraries will need to find other sources of funding to supplement local authority support. Alongside this, communities must become more involved in the design and delivery of library services.
Libraries Development Programme (LDP) is a programme to set up, operate and manage vibrant and sustainable 21st century public libraries that serve as formidable knowledge centres. We recognise that public libraries operate within a wider framework of library provisions of local government services. The aim of the project is to support the local authorities to intensify or widen their area of operations in an enterprising way without losing or compromising their ethos and core objectives. We aim to build effective partnerships with a range of national, regional and local organisations, both private and public.
We are presently engaged in development of two libraries: