Chennai, July 13 (BPNS)
The Kalaignar Central Library in memory of the late Chief Minister, writer and author, Muthuvel Karunanidhi in Madura will house nearly 3.3 lakh books and will be inaugurated on July 15 by the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, M.K. Stalin.
The library will be an iconic landmark in Madurai just like the Anna Central Library in Chennai.
The 150.91 crore project is executed by the Tamil Nadu Public Works Department. Sources in the PWD told BPNS that the project cost was revised to accommodate additional amenities.
The library will house rare books and journals like ‘Saduragaradhi’s first edition which was published in 1824. The library is aesthetically designed to attract readers and has a large dome with a chandelier measuring eight feet in diameter.
The library department is taking measures to totally digitalise books for e-library and format all books to enable visually challenged people read various titles in the library.
The library will also have sections that include read your own books, childrens section designed with vibrant coloured paints, one section for competitive examinations and will have disabled friendly features.
The Kalaignar central library will house several other amenities such as an art gallery, multi-purpose hall, children’s theater with interactive floors, and conference hall that can accommodate 700 people.
The library has a virtual reality facility of operating a flight.
The library will conduct workshops for children and self-help groups and will have programmes for students and unemployed youths.