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Spacious two storey buildingAre you a voracious reader? Like to spend all the day browsing through the newspapers, magazine and books? Drop into the City Central Library. You can find any reading material you want, here. Dailies, Magazines, Journals, Novels, Textbooks, you name the title and you will get it here. Maintained by the Hyderabad City Granthalaya Samstha, the City Central Library is one of the biggest libraries in the twin cities, located in Ashoknagar near Chikkadapally. Established in the year 1961, the library has its own well furnished, spacious building.

The most interesting thing of this library is that it caters to the reading News Papers Sectionneeds of all sections of the society without charging a single rupee. The library has 1, 57,037 books, which are divided into different categories and placed in the respective sections, namely: Magazine, Children, Reference, Text-Books and the General stock room.
Mrs. Rama Devi, the grade-1 librarian says, "As there is no entry fee or membership fee for utilising the services of the City Central Library, more than a thousand readers visit our library daily. We subscribe more than 30 leading dailies of Telugu, English, Urdu, Hindi, besides Marathi and Kannada"

Having 290 titles of various languages on its racks, the magazine section of the library is the right place for them who like to enjoy the best stuff from the various famous and elite magazines. Here you can chose your pet subject like, film, sports, general news magazines, weeklies and international magazines like Asia Week etc from the vast collection.

Reference SectionThe children section houses exclusive children books like stories, cartoons, science and fiction etc. Children below the age of 12years only will be allowed into the section and it will be open between 2 pm and 8 pm only. The reference section is purely meant for the serious readers as it is filled with jumbo size books like dictionaries, encyclopaedias. Generally people like research scholars, candidates appearing for civil services examinations, who want extra information and specific information about a particular subject visit this section. The textbook section situated on the second floor of the building caters to the needs of the students of all the higher classes starting from intermediate. This section has textbooks for all the branches of Engineering, Medicine, MCA etc. One can find latest computer books, too, here.

Unlike other sections, the general stock room and children section of the library lends books to the members. You can take membership by paying a nominal refundable deposit of Rs. 60/-. All the members will be given 2 books worth Rs. 150, which have to be renewed or returned in 14 days. After the stipulated period each book will attract fine of 5 paisa per day.

Computer facitilityThere would be no hassles in finding the required book as the library is fully computerised. The Internet connectivity work is under progress and is expected to be operative, shortly. The visitors would then be able to enjoy the power and flavour of the word wide web, along with the books. The authorities have several plans to improve the library. For instance, they are planning to separate the competitive examination section from reference. Once this is done the aspirants of Civil Services and other competitive exams will be able to find all the relevant books and material at one place. The networking of all the computerised libraries in the twin cities is in the finishing stages. Once this network starts working, one can know the various books available in all the networked libraries, through the click of a mouse!

Open air auditoriumIf you are bored up with reading, you can relax with the literary meetings and other cultural programmes held frequently by the various private organisations in the mini auditorium and the new open air auditorium. The mini auditorium has the seating capacity of 200 and can be hired by paying Rs. 200 for 3 hours. It is equipped with stage and sound system. The tarriff for the newly built open air auditorium is yet to be fixed.

Needless to say, the library preserves all the newspapers and magazines. One can get a copy of the particular news item or any thing published for legal and other purposes, irrespective of its being backdated for years.

Timings: 8 am to 8 pm; Children section: 2 pm to 8 pm
Holiday: Monday and 2nd Saturday
Entry: Free for all

Address: City Central Library, Ashok Nagar, Hyderabad-500 020 Phone: 763 8249 / 763 7632

- Mohan G. Jagan
Pics: Devendranath
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