What is a Library?

The library is a social institution and it acts as a social service agency offering various information to its users. It is described as the mind of society and which reflects its influence in moulding the life of the community. Libraries have always played a vital role in promoting education and research, developing reading habits and dissemination of knowledge and information. (Bhuvaneshwari and Vivek, 2013). Libraries particularly rural libraries may provide extension service to rural people in their areas offering various types of documents and services to the local people of the village. (Gautam and Sunil Kumar, 2004) Library

The library may be categorized as National, Academic, Public and Special libraries. The National Knowledge Commission of India which constituted in June 2005 described the library as the gateway of knowledge and continued that library is not a building stacked with books — it is a repository and source of information and idea, a place for learning and inquiring and for the generation of thought and creation of new knowledge. The public library, in particular, has the potential bridge between the information poor and information-rich (NKC, 2005). Libraries are functioning for the people to support education and social development. They are the partners in socio-economic and cultural advancement, self-development, lifelong education, and literacy promotion.

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