The National Library Day is being observed today through various programmes across the city.
The Ministry of Cultural Affairs has chalked out elaborate programmes to observe the day aiming at building an educated and enlightened nation and making the people more library-oriented.
On the eve of the day, President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages greeting all concerned and wishing success of the day’s programmes.
In his message, President Abdul Hamid said, “Books play a vital role in building a civilized society. A library contains the chronological changes of a country and nation’s education, taste and culture through books or other documentaries. So, library is a bridge between education and culture of the past and the present time”.
As the library remains unrestricted for all to provide any relevant services, including reading, information and research, it is termed as a university for public, he added.
The human beings are being turned into robots gradually in the revolution of ICT, the President said, adding, “The book can be the best alternative to overcome such situation”.
Hamid urged all government and non-government institutions, including the Bangla Academy and the Public Library Department, to come forward in this regard.
He hoped that the observance of the day will make the people aware of the services provided by library.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, said the Awami League (AL) government has taken massive development programmes in the country’s library sector aiming at enlightening and enriching the people through gathering knowledge, conducting researches and practicing culture.
Six district library buildings have already been inaugurated, she said, adding that the implementation works of Chattogram Muslim Institute Multipurpose Cultural Complex project has begun while the implementation works of development projects and online management of the Sufia Kamal National Public Library in the city are going on in full swing.
The new phase of the Mobile Library Project, earlier operated by the Bishwo Shahitto Kendro, is now being implemented under the Public Libraries Department, the premier said, adding that the manpower of the libraries are being imparted trainings home and abroad under the Libraries Unlimited Project of British Council.
Sheikh Hasina said the process of approval of different projects, including reconstruction of Public Libraries Department, vertical extension of 50 government public libraries and online management at government public libraries across the country, is on the way to begin.
The Directorate of Archives and Libraries is working relentlessly to preserve the valuable components history-heritage and literature and culture of the Bangalis, the Prime Minister said.
Continuous implementation of massive activities, including providing books free of cost by the National Book Centre and financial assistance to the non- government libraries, is progressing successfully, she added.