"a book is the most tangible form of God"
The idea of a library was conceived and given shape around 1989 with books donated from the collection of Late Harendra Nath Mazumdar. The library was christened “Sri Ma Library”. Over the years, the library has grown in size to have around 5,000 books and journals in its collection.
The library has a sizable collection of books on Aurobindo literature. Other subjects covered are religion, philosophy and scriptures, literature series, fiction, music, arts and story books for children. The library has a small reading section where members can sit and read during library hours. The collection and member records have been computerized through a library application covering areas like acquisition, classification and cataloguing, membership, circulation and searching of titles. Proper classification and cataloguing has been done following the DDC guidelines. The library is under the supervision of a competent librarian with qualification in library and information science.
The membership of the library is at present open to interested readers subject to rights of membership being reserved.
The following are the library hours at present :
Mondays to Saturdays :
APRIL TO SEPTEMBER : 5.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
OCTOBER TO MARCH : 5.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
CLOSED ON SUNDAYS
HOLIDAYS AT THE LIBRARY : January 26, February 21, Doljatra, April 24, August 15, October 2, Durga Puja (Panchami to Ekadasi), Lakshmi Puja, Kali Puja, November 24, December 25
The annual membership fee is Rs.100/-. A security deposit is also maintained, refundable at the time of relinquishing membership.
The Library has been computerized in 2009 through a customized software application by which the entire processes of acquisition, cataloguing and accession, membership record maintenance, circulation, book search and periodical records can be monitored.