Shhh… Quite Please!

Shhh… Quite Please!

It’s late in the night and you have a Chemistry mid-term the next day. You’re trying hard to cram, using every gimmick you’ve learnt – mnemonics, flash cards, outlines – you even munch memory foods in desperation. Then unexpectedly a deafening sound of heavy metal music breaks the silence of the night and with it marks the end of your study-time. You know it’s no use reasoning with the apathetic neighbour to bring down the volume, so you simply give up all hopes of making it through the test as you have nowhere left to go.

As yet another academic year begins many students will face a situation similar to the one described above. While some students can study despite the disturbances around them, most need a quite and peaceful atmosphere to be able to concentrate.

For such students, a good public library is what the doctor ordered. Carl Rowan, a prominent African American journalist once said, "The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history."

Fortunately, students residing in Thane city can seek such liberation at the Indian Library. The 24-hour study rooms of the Indian Library are a boon for serious students. Six reading rooms spread over six thousand sq. ft., over eight thousand reference books, computer and internet facilities and an air-conditioned conference hall make Indian Library a unique self-study centre. Students putting in long study hours can get a much desired break at the canteen and recreation room.

The spick and span ambience of the entire library favours the serious students. The management takes every care to maintain discipline without creating an unfriendly atmosphere. Considering the facilities, the membership fee is quite reasonable. Though privately owned, the management runs the library as a social institute, not as a profit-making venture. Sanjeev Malhotra, one of the founding brothers believes that education the only hope for the future and his family is only trying to repay the society in a "small but meaningful" way.

A couple of weeks ago Indian Library was selected to participate as one of the panelists in the World Digital Video Conference organized by, and held at, the American Centre. It was the first video digital conference of its kind aiming to bring libraries around the world on a common platform to discuss issues and share ideas pertaining to managing a library. Among the other panelists from the city were the American Centre Library and British Council Library. The conference was a resounding success with Indian Library getting acclaim and appreciation from all other panelists for its excellent contribution.

The significance of a good public library was described aptly by Mark Twain when he wrote, "A public library is the most enduring of memorials, the trustiest monument for the preservation of an event or a name or an affection; for it, and it only, is respected by wars and revolutions, and survives them"

For membership details, reader may contact Sanjeev Malhotra on 5474648/5476328.

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