In Pictures: Devraj Urs Mobile Library in Bangalore

In the age of eBooks and online buying, the mobile library is still a joyful sight for many.

To make the services of a library
accessible to all, Bangalore City Library Authority started the Devraj Urs Mobile Library in the year 1994 with a specially designed vehicle. There are two vans which visit different locations in the city, every week. The blue vans carry over 4,000 books, the majority of which are in Kannada, English and with a small stock of books in other regional languages.

The primary objective of the mobile library is to facilitate citizens through home lending. Though there is no membership fee, a small deposit of Rs. 40 must be made as refundable security. To become a member, all you need is a passport photograph and an address proof with the application form attested by a gazette officer.

The mobile library services are provided for a minimum of an hour and cover at least four locations in a day. The library has the regular collection of fiction, famous novels, stories about modern and historical India. In the non-fiction category they have a small collection of science and technical books. Also another interesting thing about the library is that if you are a big fan of Kannada fiction, you’ll find interesting novels by some great authors like A. N . Murthy Rao, Girish Karnad and U.R. Ananthamurthy.

John Celestine, librarian says,”It was started with the main idea of encouraging reading habit and introducing the rich treasure of regional literature to the public. The membership has been continuously increasing over the years. We lend at least 100 books in a day and now people eagerly await to see the van every week. There is a lot of demand for English novels and magazines and we soon plan to add more books to our collection.”

Geeta, a resident of Girinagar says, “Though this doesn’t match up to the services of a bookshop, it’s still good enough. I think it’s a great initiative by the government to promote reading culture in the city. Since most of the books are old and tattered, it is quite difficult to read, so I hope they replace the old books with new ones and add more interesting volumes.”

Devaraj Urs Library
Monday - 11 am - 12 pm - Girinagar Main Road, 12 15 - 1 15 pm - Avalahalli Bus Stand, 2 45 - 3 15 - HSR Layout, 3 30 - 4 30 - HSR Layout
Tuesday - 11 am - 12 pm - JP Nagar 6th Phase, 12 10 - 12 40 pm - JP Nagar 1st Phase,1 - 1 40 pm - Shreyas Nagar, 2 45- 3 15 pm - Sundaram Shetty Nagar, Bilekahalli
Wednesday - 11 am - 12 pm - Banashankari 3rd stage, 12 15 - 1 15 pm - Padmanabhanagar bus stand,
Thursday  - 11 - 11 30 am - Jaibharath Nagar main road, 11 45 - 12 15 pm - AMBR Layout, 12 20 - 1 pm - Kasthuri Nagar, 3 - 30 pm  - Kalyan Nagar, 3 40 - 4 30 pm - Banaswadi
Friday - 11 - 11 45 am - Koramangla  National Games Village, 12 - 12 30 pm - Koramangla, 12 40 - 1 pm - Adugodi, 1 45 - 2 45 pm -  High Court, 3 45 - 4 15 - Gandhi Bhavan
Saturday - 11 am - 12 pm - CV Raman Nagar 1st Stage, 12 30 - 1 30 pm - CV Raman 2nd Stage, 2 30 - 3 15 pm - NAL quarters main gate, 3 30 - 4 15- HAL Old Airport Road.
For more information contact: City Central Library at 2654 8829

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Meghashree A Apr 04th, 2013 05:32 PM

Is there any stop near Jaynagar 4th block

Dr. Uma Jagannath Nov 16th, 2012 03:34 PM

  MVJ College of Engineering, Whitefield would like to provide Mobile Library services at our MVJCE campus to provide fiction books  and other non technical magazines to our student community.
   For the benefit of the student community of our college.Is it possible to fix 2 to 3 days visit per week to our college and oblige
             Your quick reply to this is highly appreciated.
           Thanking you
Sincerely yours

Ramesh B.C. Apr 18th, 2012 09:54 AM

Is there any stop near Total Mall on Old Airport Road, Bangalore, to avail your services?

neethubj Sep 17th, 2011 11:17 AM

is there any stop near doddanekkundi,marathahalli  outer ringroad to have your service?

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