Alappuzha Municipality is ready to start delivering books from libraries within its boundary to the door.
As part of the Vignjana Nagaram – Vayanasala Vadhilpadiyil project, the civic body will launch a mobile application on Sunday allowing people to order books online from Alappuzha Municipal Library. The project will be extended to 17 additional libraries within its boundaries in a phased manner. The combined libraries have a stock of more than two lakh books.
Billed as the first initiative of its kind among local organizations in the state, home book delivery will be done with the help of volunteers. The municipality will charge a nominal user fee for delivery and return of books. Volunteers will receive a travel allowance. To make the project a success, ward-level library committees, with people’s representatives and readers as members, are being formed throughout the municipality.
According to the municipal authorities, less than 5% of those registered use libraries. The project, they say, will revive the habit of reading and create new readers, especially among the younger generation.
“In the initial phase, approximately 40,000 books from the municipal library have been made available for home delivery. The details of the books and 2,700 library members have been digitized. Our plan is to expand the project to all libraries in the municipality with the help of Ambalappuzha Taluk Library Society,” says Soumya Raj, President of Alappuzha Municipality.
In the second phase, the civic body plans to upgrade Alappuzha Municipal Library as a reference library in the district by increasing its book collection.
The technological framework to implement the project was provided free of charge by Techgentsia Software Technologies Private Limited, an IT company based in Infopark, Cherthala.
The Vignjana Nagaram – Vayanasala Vadhilpadiyil project will be inaugurated by President MB Rajesh at Alappuzha City Hall on Sunday at 10:30 am. The mobile app will be launched by PP Chitharanjan, MLA.