Monday, November 8, 2010

South Asia’s Largest Library is in Chennai

Via Deccan Herald

In a big boost to book lovers, the publishing industry and to the public library networking concept, the Anna Centenary Library (ACL), a magnificent eight-storey structure said to be South Asia’s largest and most elegantly designed state-of-the-art library...

The new library is triggered by an inspiration to match the most impressive library in the region, the National University Library in Singapore.

The ACL, which was declared open here on Wednesday by Chief Minister M Karunanidhi in the presence of Finance Minister K Anbazhagan and School Education Minister Thangam Thennarasu among other top ministers and dignitaries, is designed to stock a massive 1.20 million books in all major languages of the world, besides providing access to two lakh ‘e-books’ and 20,000 ‘e-journals’.

The ACL will not only be networked to all other public libraries across the state led by the famous Connemara Public Library in Chennai, but will also accommodate the country’s oldest manuscript library here called ‘The Oriental Manuscripts Library’, officials said.

A “very special feature” of the ACL is that it would straightaway have a digital edge, being a partner of the World Digital Library (WDL) project, says Thennarasu. This will give it access to primary sources of knowledge of countries and cultures across the globe.
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