Kerala State Central Library gets ‘Digital Archives’

The Kerala State Central Library is the first library in the country to be fully computerized.

The website of the Kerala State Central Library will now have digital archive of rare books. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Tuesday inaugurated this landmark achievement of the library.

The Central Library houses some of the rare books but unfortunately, nobody was able to access these books as it was located in the restricted area of the library. Now anyone with an Internet connection can explore these rare books by visiting the ‘archives’ section of the library’s website.

The foundation stone of the new reference block was also laid at the function. The new block will be built in Victorian style architecture. The need for an additional building was due to the lack of space needed to accommodate new books.

“This library has brought great pride to the State and the government will offer all support it requires,” Mr. Chandy said.

Earlier, only library members could access the digital archive via its local network. Now, over 5 lakh pages of rare books and Travancore/Travancore-Cochin/Kerala gazettes dating back to 1904 are open to public.

The Kerala State Central Library is the first library in the country to be fully computerized. The library is equipped with many features such as securing of books using RFID tags, self check-in and check-out, Online book reservation and renewal, Internet access for members etc. Click here for the digital archives.

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