Thane’s oldest library installs a digital kiosk to engage the readers

The readers will get access to 1,500 audio books and more than 1,730 books from 20 subjects that will range from History, Biographies, Geology, Poetry and other genres and this will be free of cost

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Thane’s oldest Marathi library, Marathi Grantha Sangrahalaya on station road has come with a unique idea of inculcating the reading habit amongst all age groups. On the occasion of its 120th anniversary, the library installed a digital kiosk with a huge screen that displays books.

Vidyadhar Walavalkar, administration officer of the library, told Hindustan Times,

We have 25 books uploaded to the kiosk. For the past two days, we have been gauging the response.”

The readers will get access to 1,500 audio books and more than 1,730 books from 20 subjects that will range from History, Biographies, Geology, Poetry and other genres and this will be free of cost. Other than this, users will get an access to 3,500 scanned books, magazines, and newspapers which users can access.

Pranali Kobal, librarian of Marathi Granth Sangrahalaya,

Many of the books we have are very old. Considering they are not in good condition, the idea to restore books of importance came up. After they are digitised, people from across the world can access the books. It will also make it easier to preserve these century-old books."

The library management is planning to install three more kiosks as a part of the digitisation programme which began in November 2017.

(Picture Credit- Hindustan Times)

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