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Ahmedabad’s MJ Library puts its book treasure online

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E-library of MJ Library inaugurated, users, can also provide feedback

A digital library has been started at the Sheth Maneklal Jethabhai (MJ) Library in the city. The same was inaugurated by mayor Kirit Parmar. The facility will put 3700 ebooks at the fingertips of readers who can access the same online.

Details of over four lakh books will be available online. Users can also leave feedback for the same. The digital services at the popular MJ Library have been developed as part of the AMC’s Smart City Project.

The service is a boon as the physical services in the library had been closed due to COVID. The digital services will now be available 24/7.

It has also begun a free wifi service and will soon build a computer lab with several systems and e-readers that can be of use to students preparing for competitive exams. An online booking for books is also available.

About MJ Library

As per the library’s website, Mahatma Gandhi came up with the idea of creating a public library with the books of the Ashram before the historic Dandi March.
Gandhi wrote about the idea in Free Press Journal on July 27, 1933, and the next day one Rasiklal Maneklal donated Rs55,000 for the construction of the library and in the memory of his father.
Thus Maneklal Jethabhai Library or MJ Library as it is known came into existence.
Gandhi laid the foundation stone of the library and it was built over five years using Jaipuri architectural design.
It was inaugurated on April 15, 1938, by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

Later the library added the ‘Subhadraben Maneklal Vachanalaya’ and ‘Baalkishor Vibhag’. The latter was the children’s section. In 1950, AMC donated Rs50,000 to build a separate book treasury.

The AMC further expanded it in 1974 with a fund of Rs16.50 lakhs. It added the Reference and Research Section and Gyanvihar –student reading section in 2004-05 with funding of Rs22 lakh. The library also offers mobile library services.

 

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