Delhi: Read your favourite thriller as you soak up the sun in this open library | Delhi News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Giving an opportunity to morning walkers to spend some quality time in a lush green area while reading a book, South Delhi Municipal Corporation has implemented the concept of open libraries in neighbourhood parks with the help of NGOs.
The concept includes establishing a stall with a temporary roof wherein books will be kept in wooden/metal cabinets and people can get them issued for reading at this place only. One such library was inaugurated at Madhav Park in Rajouri Garden area recently and more will be set up.
Standing Committee Chairman Col (retd) BK Oberoi said that the initiative, Sahej, was aimed at helping people access newspapers, magazines and books at these open libraries, especially in the morning when they come for fresh air. “The idea will benefit senior citizens also, as they can enjoy reading books while soaking up the sun during winters. They can sit on benches and chairs to spend quality time,” said the chairman.
The facility will be open from 9 am to 5 pm.
Deputy commissioner, SDMC (West Zone) Rahul Singh urged residents of the area to donate books for the open library. It has a collection of 350 books as of now.
“A guard and some other staff from the horticulture department have been deputed 24×7 in the park to ensure maintenance and safety of the library. This library has been set up with the help of NGO ‘Star Foundation’. More such libraries will be opened in parks in the West Zone,” he said.
A library was opened at a park in Punjabi Garden a few months back. “We are selecting the parks, which have a footfall of at least 500-600 people during morning or evening hours, so that more and more interested walkers can avail the facility,” said Oberoi.

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