The Delhi Public Library (DPL) was the busiest in all of South-East Asia," says Raghurao Singh. It sounds like a tall claim for the library situated across the road from the Old Delhi railway station. Perhaps Singh’s association of over three decades with DPL has something to do with the conviction with which he makes this claim? But he is quick to allay any such misgivings—for one thing, he points out, he is referring to the DPL library system, which in addition to headquarters includes the four branches, sub-branches and the mobile libraries, all of which together cater to the residents of the nation’s capital. “It was and continues to be the busiest in South Asia—there are facts and figures to prove it," Singh reiterates.