Maharashtra opts for digital centre; to close down library in Mantralaya
Maharashtra has decided to opt for a digital resource center and would close down the near six-decade old central library in Mantralaya, which is the state secretariat.
It is said that the digital version is planned to get operational by next fiscal year.
It was said that library is in good condition but lacks number of requisite visitors which is why such a decision had become unavoidable.
But some Mantralaya veterans rued that the government’s big digitization push had also played a role in the facility’s downfall.
Mantralaya officials said that the library was originally functioning out of a 2500 sq metre space on the ground floor but was relocated to a smaller space on the fifth floor three years ago.
Incidentally, the central library was in existence even before the formation of Maharashtra.
Apart from books, the library also boasts of a rich collection of state gazettes and legislative speeches.
Meanwhile, plans for the digital resource centre are in full swing. Singh said the whole point was to develop a digital information hub to promote research.>