Sunday, January 9, 2011

Anna Centenary Library- Book Treasure....

Yes!!! Chennai got one more feather to its crown. Anna Centenary Library, built across 3.75 lakh sq ft of floor space with a total of 8 floors (yet to be completed) is giving its elegant giant look in Kotturpuram, which almost taken 180 crores expenditure.

Another dream project of the CM Karunanithi has come true and the library was opened on September 15 of 2010. A perfect front elevation filled with glasses gives the library a corporate look is guarded by series of security personnel at each check point. After giving our official entry by signing the register , a huge wall carving welcomes us- LETS READ THE WORLD IN BOOKS, LETS READ THE WORLD AS BOOKS. Of the functioning 5 floors, the ground floor holds the Brailey section, first floor holds the kids’ section and dailys, magazines, the second floor holds the tamil literature, the third floor English, Computer Science, Engineering, etc., and the fourth holds the Medicine, Agriculture, Management, etc.,

The kids’ section looks as though we are inside Just Born or Odessey’s kids’ corner. Hats off to the art director Thotta Tharani , who has designed this floor. Almost all available books for kids are arranged in short shelves. This section also has a play area. The computer terminals provided in this floor has interactive flash programmes for Play n Learn activities.

The medicine section housed in the fourth floor has almost 17000 books (Statistics) has almost all books catering all the branches of the medicine. But only one copy is available for each subject. Copies needed to be increased.

The entire library is fully computerized and centrally air-conditioned. The accesses of the books are made easy with the computers available with the assistant librarians available at each floor. The entire floor area inside the reading section is either covered by carpet or plywood. This library is connected with other libraries in the state and the state of art Connemara Library. This library also connected with almost all the international libraries around the world. Thus this library becomes second of its kind in the country having such a network.

This library’s construction is personally supervised by the School education minister Mr. Thangam Thennarasu, who for this work will remain popular in the party till his political life ends.

Once this library becomes fully functional after the pending civil work, this will be the hang out for all the book lovers provided the government irrespective of the political party maintains and there is no scam in the maintenance contract.

Anna Centenary Library, another landmark achievement by Karunanithi’s govt which the history will speak in feature.