Libraries

 

Harekrushna Mahtab State Library  

The concept of the Harekrushna Mahtab State Library was conceived during 1st Five Year Plan under the advice of Govt. of India and was completed in 1959 with a majestic building of around 16000sq. carpet area enshrined within a beautiful land of Ac.3.0 in a prime location of Capital City of Bhubaneswar. In 1967, it was named as Gandhi Bhawan commemorating birth centenary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation. The State Library was located in this building, but in a corner only. In 1987 was renovated by Prof. D. R. Kalia, the doyen of Public Library Service in India and the entire place of the four-storied building was utilized for functioning of two Libraries, i.e. State Library to act as the State Central Library, the Apex Library of the State Public Library System of Odisha and Bhubaneswar Public Library as the Apex Library of the City Public Library System for the City of Bhubaneswar.

On 15th August, 1987, Government decided to rename the State Library and the City Public Library as "Harekrushna Mahtab State Library" after the name of Dr. Harekrushna Mahtab, the builder of Modern Odisha and "Bhubaneswar Public Library" respectively. The former is a reference and research library of the State of Odisha (lending of books is not permitted) whereas the latter is a lending Library for the city of Bhubaneswar with reading room services. These two libraries have been managing to provide reader services to more than four hundred readers per day from 8.00 A.M. to 8.00 P.M.

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