It has been well said that people discover themselves in a library. Moreover, it is a place for the origination of ideas, a place which gives life to history. A bibliophile would rather choose to dive in the pool of excellent literary masterpieces kept in the library than to go on a romantic date. On the occasion of World Book Day we are going to tell you about some of the libraries in the city of Patna which holds a special place in history.
Bihar is the birthplace of many literary personalities like Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, Baba Nagarjun, Bismil Azimabadi etc. and it has a number of libraries in the capital city Patna. Some of the well-known libraries of the city are Sinha Library, Khuda Baksh Library, Maulana Mazharul Haque Library and Central library of NIT Patna etc.
Highlighting the important libraries of Patna which are still intact in providing literary sources.
Khuda Baksh Library
Khuda Baksh library was built on 29th October 1891 by Khuda Baksh. He was a social worker born in Chhapra on 2nd August 1842. In 1881 he was conferred with the title of ‘Khan Bahadur’ for his contribution in various social services. He spent all his earnings and effort in building this library. Hence we can state that this library is living example of his determination and devotion. When Khuda Baksh died at the age of 66, he was buried in the premises of the library. This library has some very engrossing and rare books like manuscripts, biographies and history books depicting Mughal and Rajput reign. It has housed more than 4,000 manuscripts and is considered as ‘Manuscript Conservation Centre.’
Leading to Sinha library of Patna, which was established in 1924 by Dr Sachchidananda Sinha, who was the Chief Justice of Patna High Court. The original name of the library is Shrimati Radhika Sinha Institute and Sachchidananda Sinha Library and later it was taken over by Bihar Government and was converted as a central library of the state. The library houses more than 1.8 lakh books that include Buddhist suttas, Hindu scriptures, copies of Manusmriti and Indian Constitution. To add more, it also has copies of some old newspapers like Harijan published by Mahatma Gandhi from 1933 to 1948. Although the government needs to work upon bringing back the importance and glory of Sinha Library as a public library.
Central library of NIT Patna
When it comes to the students of the technical stream like polytechnic and engineering, they prefer the Central library of National Institute of Technology over the above-mentioned libraries. It owns a good stock of 75,000+ books related to different fields of engineering and more than 1000 books related to computers. The total collection of e-Journals is over 2700 and it also consists of numerous magazines, books on current affairs and business cum commerce.
Apart from these, there are many public as well as private libraries in Patna which we may find at nook and corners of the town. In spite of the claims that e-reading is more preferable, we can say that people still prefer to spend time with their favourite books in the hand sitting in the library. If you are a book lover or you need to find some good books in various genres, these public libraries are going to help you a lot.
Written by: Shubham Kumar
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