400 Cr approved for National Mission on Libraries for the 12th Plan period

ministry of culture
ministry of culture

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” for the 12th Plan period. The components of the National Mission on Libraries (NML) are :

(i) Creation of National Virtual Library of India (NVLI),

(ii)Setting up of NML model libraries,

(iii)Quantitative and Qualitative Survey of Libraries

(iv)Capacity Building.

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 : (i) Delhi Public Library, Delhi; (ii) Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Public Library, Patna; (iii) National Library, Kolkata; (iv) Central Secretariat Library; (v) Rampur Raza Library, Uttar Pradesh; and (vi) 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 approved for upgradation of infrastructure and technology under NML are given below:-

Sr. No. State/UT Name of the Libraries Approved Project Estimate(in Rs. Lakhs)
1 Uttar Pradesh State Central Library, Allahabad 206.00
Government District Library, Etawah 87.00
2 Orissa HKM State Library, Bhubaneshwar 223.00
District Library, Ganjam 40.36
3 Goa Krishnadas shama State Central Library 223.00
Dr. Francisco Luis Gomes District Library 87.00
4 Karnataka State Central Library, Bangalore 223.00
District Central Library, Shivamogga 87.00
5 West Bengal State Central Library, Kolkata 222.81
North Bengal State Library, Coochbehar 86.98
6 Telangana State Central Library, Afzalganj, Hyderabad 112.25
District Library, Mehboob Nagar 52.00
7 Chattisgarh District Library, Raigarh 87.00
District Library, Danteywada 87.00
8 Tripura Birchandra State Central Library, Agartala 223.00
Unakoti District Library, Kailashahar 87.00
9 Arunachal Pradesh State Central Library, Itanagar 223.00
District Library, Pasighat 87.00
10 Mizoram State Central Library, Aizawal 100.00
District Library, Kolasib 50.00
11 Rajasthan State Central Library, Jaipur 100.83
12 Gujarat State Central Library, Gandhinagar 106.01

Under the scheme of National Mission on Libraries, there is no scope of establishment of new libraries. Approved Project estimate for up-gradation of the above libraries is also given below:-


Sr. No.                        Name of Libraries Approved Project Estimate(in Rs. Lakhs)
1 Delhi Public Library, Delhi 234.38
2 Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Public Library, Patna 398.78
3 Thanjavur Maharaja Serfoji’s Saraswati Mahal Library, Thanjavur 691.22
4 National Library, Kolkata 426.84
5 Central Secretariat Library, Delhi 452.38

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