Over 500 Libraries To Get Digital Support In Tamil Nadu Soon – The New Indian Express

Express News Service

Chennai: For the first time across the country, 152 virtual reality devices worth Rs 65.54 lakh have been offered at 76 libraries across the state. This aims to give readers an improved reading experience and also to draw children into the world of books.

The Department of Public Libraries also plans to provide internet access in all libraries, introduce digital library facilities in 500 libraries based on turnout, as well as start delivering books to the doorstep.

“We have trained 155 librarians on how to use virtual reality devices. In Chennai, it is at the Alwarpet Circle and Ashok Nagar Library. Students will be able to experience what they have studied in the books. We hope this brings in what they have studied in the books,” said V Dinesh Kumar, administrator at Anna Centenary Library. More children to libraries.

Most students visit the library on weekends. We give them a little activity and after that they are allowed to use the virtual reality devices. R Kalaimani, assistant librarian at Alwarpet Circle Library, said all students over the age of 12 enjoyed the experience. Each library was supplied with two VR devices.

“I know I am inside the library. But I am afraid to walk because the experience is so real. We are able to better understand space and other concepts through virtual reality,” said one of the students after experiencing the virtual reality. Officials said that this is the first time in the country that the Introducing virtual reality in libraries.

The directorate also plans to introduce digital libraries in 500 libraries across the state. At present, Anna Centenary’s is the only library with a digital library of more than 3000 books. However, officials said this is still at the discussion stage and the funds will be allocated soon.

Another big initiative was planned by the directorate to bring reading to every home. This scheme called “Noolaga Nangbargal” aims to start a book delivery programme. Volunteers will be drawn from among library members and even from social welfare associations and other similar organizations. “These initiatives will help us encourage people to get used to reading,” said a senior official in the directorate.

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