every year, Directorate of Library Services publishes
list of books received under Press and Registration
of Books Act, 1867. This
list facilitates selection of books by the Librarians
of different categories of Libraries. The Directorate
of Library Services also arranges for bulk purchase
of books for the Matching Programme of the State Government
and Raja Rammohun Roy Library Foundation. Submission
of newly written books in Press and Registration Office
as per Press and Registration of Books Act is an essential
prerequisite for selection of books by the Directorate.
Bengal Central Library
of Book Fair is a regular annual programme under the Mass
Education Extension Department of the Directorate of Library
Services. These Book Fairs are organized at the District level
under the auspices of the respective Local Library Authorities.
Aims and objectives of such fairs are the following:
(a) To provide facilities to the Librarians and book lovers
to browse and consult large number of titles on varied subjects
in one compact area for information, selection, and purchase.
(b) To provide facilities to publishers to exhibit their publications
to the visitors and thus benefiting the book trade by interaction
with the Libraries and the readers.
(c) To promote reading habit among the people.
is regularly assisting Non- Government and Non-Sponsored
age old Libraries. A token of recognition of the services
these Libraries are rendering to common people is manifested
through this assistant. The assistance is given in terms
of money for purchasing books, furniture, newspapers
Joykrishna Public Library
Directorate of Library Services is creating database of
the Public Libraries of West Bengal. All data regarding
the Government Sponsored Public Libraries including number
of readers attending during the year, number of books
issued out during the Year, different types of services
rendered etc. will be available in the database.
Rammohun Roy Library Foundation has been created by Government
of India in 1972 for development
and expansion of Library Services in the country. Since 1989-90,
the State government is involed in the matching scheme of
the Foundation for Development of Library Services in the
State. This scheme covers such matters and works like construction
of Library Buildings, Storage and Display of Books, purchase
of books for the Libraries, Mobile library Services and organizing
of workshops, seminars on Library matters. Fund for implementing
such schemes are provided by the State Government and the
Raja Rammohan Roy Library Foundation on
50:50 basis. The Foundation has also non-matching schemes,
fund for which is provided by it.
Considering the fund requirement of the Library
Network in the State, this scheme had a modest beginning with
reference to the fund provided at the initial stages. But
however with the passage of years the State Government in
consultation with the Authority of the Foundation have increased
its contribution to the fund effectively to meet the fund
requirements of the sponsored public libraries. From the beginning
of the Tenth Five Year Plan the Foundation has increased its
contribution to 75 lakh and the
State Government is also contributing to the same extent.