A digital route to revive our neglected libraries
The librarian at West Champaran district library hasn’t been paid for seven years, but more than 1,500 youngsters inspired by him
There are 28 state-level libraries in India with 80% coverage. In the districts, the coverage is 76% with 461 libraries. But in the talukas and villages, the coverage drops drastically to 12.5% (501 libraries) and 4.9% (28,820 libraries), respectively. Most of these government libraries are ailing and are either dysfunctional or on the verge of closure. To top it all, most librarians are meagrely paid, if they get their salaries at all.