The Ministry of Culture has approved Rs 400 crore for the scheme ‘National Mission on Libraries – Up-gradation of Libraries – Providing Services to the Public’ in the 12th five year plan.
The major components under the National Mission on Libraries (NML), creation of National Virtual Library of India (NVLI), setting up of NML model libraries, quantitative and qualitative survey of libraries and capacity building have been incorporated.
Under the scheme, the mission will upgrade infrastructure of selected libraries and upgrade technology in 35 State Central Libraries and 35 District Libraries (to be identified by State Governments) and 6 Libraries under the Ministry of Culture. 11 State Central Libraries and 11 District Libraries have been identified so far.
Six Libraries under the Ministry of Culture are Delhi Public Library, Delhi; Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Public Library, Patna; National Library, Kolkata; Central Secretariat Library; Rampur Raza Library, Uttar Pradesh and Thanjavur Maharaja Serfoji’s Saraswati Mahal Library, Tamil Nadu. The proposals of 12 states have been approved and fund released to three states. The details of State Central Libraries and District Libraries in 12 States will be in focused in the remote rural areas.