It can be said without any exaggeration that the Deshbandhu Library is
the richest reference library in Central India. It is also, perhaps, the
biggest library in the non-governmental sector in Chhattisgarh. The
Raipur-based library has some 30,000 books on a variety of subjects and
more than 60,000 reference dockets covering a whole range of topics. The
library has three separate sections- a) book library, b) research &
documentation centre and c) public reading room & children’s
library. The library caters to the needs of various groups- book-lovers,
media persons & other visitors from the state and out-of-state
visitors, civil society organisations, social activists, political
parties and persons, cultural activists, students, researchers,
government departments, national & international agencies, and
diplomatic missions etc.
Efforts are afoot to make Deshbandhu Library more user-friendly and
upgrade it to meet the changing needs of the visitors. This task is
being accomplished with the support of National foundation of India, New
Delhi. A grant from NFI has enabled us not only in air-conditioning and
computerisation of the library, but also in making it more systematic
and focused. We hope that very soon a complete list of all the reference
material would be made available on-line, thus giving ready
accessibility to Internet users. Similarly, one would be able to
browse a full list of the books in the library on-line. As we are
planning, it might also become possible for the members to borrow
books from other libraries in India through a networking arrangement.
As of now, members can make use of the library from 11.00 a.m. to 07.00
p.m. The air-conditioned members’ corner can seat up to eight persons
at a time.Membership is available on daily, monthly and yearly basis.
(Student members are entitled to concession in the fees). A competent
staff consisting of a research & reference editor and three
assistant librarians attends to their requirements.