The public library in Sirkazhi in the district would get a new building at a cost of Rs 20 lakh and named after S R Ranganathan, a native of the town who is regarded as Father of library science in India.
Stating this at Librarians' Day celebrations here, District Collector C Munianathan on August 12 said through his innovative research on library science, S R Ranganathan attained world fame and was regarded as the greatest librarian of the 20th century. "He is a pioneer in library movement and is the proponent of the famous 'five laws of library science', he said adding that Ranganathan was a genius mathematician as well.
Ranganathan was born at Ubayavedantam village near Sirkazhi and his birthday is observed as Librarians' Day in all the libraries in the district, he said. Stating that there were 98 public libraries in the district, the Collector said a total of 8.24 lakh people have utilised the library services last year. The 98 libraries have over 12 lakh books, he said.
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