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Books are the windows through which the soul looks out. Libraries in Gujarat are equipped with books which are Keys to Wisdom. It is said, ‘Knowledge is Power’ and for the nourishment of the mind, reading is essential. Minds feed on minds and when we read, we grow with its riches.

Books have given a permanent, easily, accessible record of thought. It is compact, easy to transport – carried in a purse, slipped in a pocket or consulted whenever desired. Because of a prolific role of a book, Libraries have been great tool of Social development of Gujarat. Reading of books initiates society.
Role of Library as Source of Information:
Libraries play a fundamental role in Gujarat. The rich Heritage is preserved in books and Libraries add value by cataloguing, classifying and describing them. As public institutions, they assure equality of access for all citizens. They take the knowledge of the past and present, and lay it down for the future. Libraries and archives contain a wealth of material representing the richness of Gujarat’s history, acquired over the centuries. Also a wealth of Information ranging from fiction, reference material, Language books, Educational, Management, etc. is equipped in Gujarat Libraries.

These materials cover a range of forms - books, newspapers, films, photographs and maps. Also, Audio and Visual content, Computers and Internet and Presentation tools play its significant role as many of the Libraries in Gujarat are transformed as per today’s requirement. It makes easier for citizens to appreciate their own culture as well as keep well informed about the world.
Role of Library in Culture:
The social awareness of importance of reading has grown tremendously since last many years in Gujarat. Rising level of education and increase in leisure time have immensely broadened and widened the scope of reading books.

The Public Libraries with new techniques of printing and distribution, technology revolutions with paper back books and large scale print run, have been meeting the demands for reading material to mass audience to cater in libraries to spread literacy and awareness. Esp. in the rural areas, Public Libraries play a major role to create interest in reading books, get information, etc. as a source of such information for cultural changes of Gujarat. Rural up-liftment through Libraries is a major initiative of lately in Gujarat as literacy spreads to Regional Libraries and villages.
Role of Libraries in Education:
Reading is for Pleasure, information, education or Knowledge – In Gujarat, Knowledge is Power. Libraries in Gujarat provide scope for adequate content matter. Reading is stimulated with memberships – free and subscriptional. Literacy is supported by cultural programs like debate, book reading, literary competitions and audio-visual shows. Even calling for Author meets is increasingly encouraging in Gujarat. E-Libraries in Gujarat offer ample resources with Reference Books, CD-DVDs collection, Educational books, Magazines, Internet surfing and downloading facilities, Research facilities and separate areas for Students, children and women.
Libraries in Gujarat:
Gujarat Library Association was formed in 1939. It has two Cultural Libraries. One is Gujarat Vidhyapith at Ahmedabad which is a State Library ,a non governmental library run by autonomous bodies. And, the second one is, Baroda Central Library, Baroda. A Central State Library is also operational in Gandhinagar by the Government managed by Director of Libraries, GOG. Gujarat has many State and Regional Libraries, apart from Institutional, private and other Libraries that shape the Literacy ratio.
E-Libraries in Gujarat offer ample resources with Reference Books, CD-DVDs collection, Educational books, Magazines, Internet surfing and downloading facilities, Research facilities and separate areas for Students, children and women. Major cities in Gujarat are equipped with E Libraries.
Classification of Libraries in
State/Government Libraries
Regional Libraries
Municipal Libraries
Village libraries
Children’s Libraries
Women’s Libraries
Some of the notable Libraries in Ahmedabad, Gujarat are:
M J Library
British Library
Gujarat University Library
IIM Library
Vidhyapith Library
Institutional Libraries (Vikram Sarabhai Library, IIM/AMA Library )
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MJ Library
MJ Library
City & District Library
City & District Library
Gujarat Vidhyapith Library
Gujarat Vidhyapith Library
Vikram Sarabhai Library
Vikram Sarabhai Library

Issued Circulation Books from Libraries:
2005 Gujarat University issued 5426 Books Vidhyapith issued 51060 books M J Library issued 1,75,000 books

2006 Gujarat University issued 5,588 Vidhyapith issued 50,584 M J Library issued 1,75,000

2007- 08Gujarat University issued 5,600 books Gujarat Vidhyapith issued 54,644 M J Library issued 1,75,000

The of Task of Libraries :
Development of knowledge and skillsGive the possibility and choice for children and life long learning as well
Support to EducationTo foster innovations and economic development
Support to health and welfareAppropriate information supply in a corresponding format and language
Support to womenInternet access points, proposing respective advice and training

Some Library Establishments
1850District Library of Surat at Town Hall was established
1855Rai Chand, Deep Chand Library at Bharuch was established
1856 Long Library, founded at Rajkot
1858District Library of Broach in Trust House
1866Panchmahals, Godhra – Dist. Library Established
1867Government Library initiated at Junagadh
1868Town Library established at Rajkot
1870Aparao Bholanath Library at Ahmedabad
1872Banaskantha – District Library started in old house
1873Amreli – Library started in old building
1882Barton Library – established in Bhavnagar
1892Dehi Laxmi Library formed in Nadiad
1905Kaira District – library established in old house
1910Baroda District – Library established in old house
1913Mehoon Library – District Library
1942Sabarkantha, Himmatnagar – Established library in rented building
1956Jamnagar and Rajkot District – established library with purchase
1958Junagadh and Surendranagar - established library with purchase
1959Bhavnagar - established library with purchase
1961Kutch, Bhuj - established library with purchase

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