NASSCOM Foundation to Revive Public Libraries into Knowledge Centers


Indian Public Library movement (IPLM) is a multi-stakeholder initiative to revive public libraries across India – transforming them into knowledge and information sharing centers catering to the needs of reading communities across India. This initiative is hosted by the NASSCOM Foundation across 100 districts spread in 22 states. IPLM has partnered with organizations such MSSRF, Prajayatna, KEDES, DEF and others to handhold.

Indian Public Library Movement hosted by NASSCOM Foundation, ‘The Beginning’ aims at creating a multi-stakeholder partnership working towards repositioning of public libraries through various measures, such as digitalization and responding to community needs and technology enabled services to engage with stakeholders. Through this initiative, IPLM aims to support the Government initiatives transform the Indian Public Libraries as ongoing institution responsive to the surrounding eco-system.

P Jayarajan, Chairman, IPLM Advisory said, “The Indian Public Library Movement is now gaining traction. The involvement of our partners helps bolster the initiative and bring in the critical support needed for a diverse nation-building programme like this. The two Indian Public Library Conferences held in 2015 and 2016, saw the involvement of multiple stakeholders and helped kick start the initiative. The transformation of Indian Public Libraries will play a game changing role in the development of our country.”

Shrikant Sinha, CEO, NASSCOM Foundation said, “It is an honour for NASSCOM Foundation and other stakeholders to be entrusted with the responsibility to reposition and transform public libraries in India. With the app and website launch, it is an important step towards re-emphasising the importance of libraries in our lives.” Dr. Shubhangi Sharma, Executive Director, IPLM Movement Secretariat, said, “An image makeover will certainly bring back the lost sheen of public libraries. IPLM strives to build that enabling environment taking all stakeholders along by supporting institutions which are ‘inclusive’ to new services, new activities and new ways of engaging and interacting.”

App Layout

N K Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Government of India launched an app and a web portal dedicated to the library community. He also unveiled a detailed recommendation report from the Indian Public Library Conference (IPLC) that discussed the challenges and opportunities in the public library domain.