Art library to come up at Nazrul Tirtha

Kolkata: A state of the art library will come up at Nazrul Tirtha to facilitate young adults to read books.

The library will come up in the second and third floors of Nazrul Tirtha. It will start with an initial stock of 4,500 books and it will be increased. The library is likely to be opened in November.

The annual membership fee is Rs 1,000 and those living outside New Town can become the member of the library . The members can read the books on kindle and computers and there will be lending facility. There will be self-issuing system. There will be a children's corner and a coffee shop. There are proposals to introduce career counselling and foreign languages at the library.

The library will benefit both the elderly citizens who cannot go out and use other libraries and young adults. The library will be under CCTV surveillance.

It may be mentioned that an Nazul archive has come up at Nazrul Tirtha.

Initially , all the original books of Nazrul that have run out of print and are lying in different libraries in Kolkata have been digitised. The archive has the first prints of Nazrul's books, manuscripts and, notations of his songs, advertisements and booklets of his records, photos of records, interviews of Nazrul scholars. There are scripts of dramas where Nazrul songs have been used. The archive has copies of Betar Jagat, the magazine of AIR where he had worked.

There are copies of the magazines, which had been edited by Nazrul.

The archive is benefitting those who are doing research on Nazrul. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took the initiative to set up the library. She also named a university after Nazrul in west Burdwan.

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