Most of the Government run Libraries function under the administrative control of the respective State library authorities. There are six libraries under the administrative control of the Ministry of Culture namely:
I. National Library
II. Central Secretariat Library
III. Central Reference Library
IV. Delhi Public Library
V. Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Public Library
VI. Rampur Raza Library
Modernization and upgradation of Delhi Public Library is an ongoing continuous process. Every year grant-in-aid general for purchase of books, preservation/conservation, digitization, office expenses etc., grant-in-aid for creation of capital assets is provided to Delhi Public Library. Grants released to Delhi Public Library during last three years is given below. Under the scheme of Improvement of Infrastructure and Modernization of Library of National Mission on Libraries, an amount of Rs. 224.00 lakh has been approved for Delhi Public Library.
There are at present 35 branches and 62 mobile library points under Delhi public Library in Delhi. Delhi Public Library proposes to open two branches – one at Ashok Vihar Phase-2 and one at Bawana in Delhi after completion of construction of library buildings.
The annual expenditure incurred on the libraries under Ministry of Culture during the last three years is given below:-
(Rs. in Lakhs)
Name of the Library
Central Secretariat Library
Central Reference Library
Delhi Public Library
Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Public Library
Rampur Raza Library
This information was given by Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.