Chennai: The library at Ramakrishna Math, Mylapore has numerous books spread across different sections that caters to different readers. But for many years now, the library has been providing engineering books to students using a book bank.
Started in 1991, the library has been catering the engineering students exclusively using a book bank where students can lend the books for a semester.
Speaking about it, a library volunteer, who wished to remain anonymous said, ”Students unable to get the books at the market can avail this service and by paying a nominal fee, books will be given to them for one semester and upon the completion of the semester, the students should return the books. Currently, nearly 300 students around the colleges in the city are making use of the facility,” he says.
The library has an exclusive section for engineering which has more than 900 books divided across all the streams in engineering.
”We have reached out to many colleges about our initiative and this year since the semester has just started not many first-year students have come forward to use the facility until now,” he adds.
For lending the engineering books, the library collects a caution deposit Rs 500 which will be returned once the student completes their course and for every semester just Rs 100 is charged as the fee.
The library also has a new study room, which will be opened soon to help the college students and others prepare for their exams.
”The main objective behind this new space for the students is to provide them a peaceful and well-lit place so that they can focus on what they study with concentration,” says library-in charge, Swami Shashishikananda.
Students can bring their own books and at a time 35 students can read in the study room and the room will be open within a few days.
It will be open from 9 am to 1 pm and 3.30 pm to 6 pm. ”If more students use the service, we will also reduce the lunch time in the middle and open an hour earlier,” he says.
Princi, a college student who uses the library to prepare for exams says, ”I live in a hostel nearby and I need a peaceful place to read. This library provides that and I am happy that soon they will provide an exclusive study room that will be of immense help to the students. It would be better if they could also extend the timings in the evening,” she says.
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