SRINAGAR The Governor, Satya Pal Malik, on Thursday inaugurated the new building of the Shri Pratap Singh Library (SPS) at the M.A. road here.
Advisor to Governor, Khurshid Ganai was present on the occasion.
The SPS Library which was established in the year 1898 hosts a collection of books in English, Urdu, Arabic, Persian, Sanskrit, Kashmiri, Hindi and Punjabi languages. It also has a collection of 74 manuscripts in Persian, Sanskrit, Arabic and Urdu.
The newly inaugurated building has sections for senior citizens, reference section, childrens section, Art gallery and various other facilities like reading room with internet facility and coffee shop. It has a collection of more than 1.5 lakh books.
Emphasising on the importance of cultivating reading habits, Malik said that the books enhance our knowledge and help us in developing better understanding of the events which shape our societies.
He noted that reading habit is a vital indicator of literacy level of any household or individual and added that although technology has given us new media for reading and remaining updated but it has not been able to displace books as a persons best companion.
Governor observed that great personalities of the world have always given importance to reading and writing and civilizations have flourished because of their respect for knowledge preservation and sharing.
Sharing his fondness for reading books, Malik said that studying varied writers benefitted him a lot in shaping his thought process and expressing himself in more coherent and convincing way.
He advised that provision must be made for mobile libraries which could reach readers at their doorstep and would be very convenient particularly for people living in far flung areas who have no libraries nearby. He suggested promoting creative writing and book review sessions for encouraging reading habits in the society.
After having a virtual tour of the library through video presentation Governor inspected the facilities provided for readers in the Library. Ganai in his address highlighted the importance of books for a society and presented a brief about the history of SPS Library and facilities at this new building.
Umang Narula, Principal Secretary to Governor, Salim Shishgar, Commissioner Culture department, Baseer Ahmad Khan, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Syed Abid Rashid Shah, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, S.A. Laharwal, Director General Libraries and Research, J&K, Shafi Pandit, former Chairman JKPSC were present on the occasion.
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