Bhubaneswar: The State information and public relations(I & PR) department has geared up to provide a better reading ambiance to Bhubaneswarites at he Jaydev Bhavan Library.

The I & PR minister, Raghunandan Das, secretary Sanjaya Singh and director Krupasindhu Mishra have evinced interest in the library which has emerged as a new knowledge hub of the city.

Began on August 15, 1976, the Jayadev Bhawan Libarary was located in the Jayadev Bhawan premises in the city.

The Library, which is under the administrative jurisdiction of I & PR deapartment, is often the only readily available source of comprehensive information needed by students of Bhubaneswar for academic, personal and job-related purposes. 

Countless students love reading. But all of them can not afford to buy books because of their high prices. So poor and meritorious ones of Bhubaneswar come to Jayadev Bhavan library, become its members  and read invaluable books like Encyclopedias and dictionaries which cannot be purchased by them.  Some students find it very difficult to do their studies at their homes due to various reasons. Jayadev Bhavan library is particularly useful for all such students.

With its more than 20 thousand books suited to the interests and aptitude of students of different age group, with its numerous magazines, periodicals, news papers and with its quiet and serene atmosphere it has a special call to the students who go there and quench their thirst for reading the material which cannot be provided to them in the class room. This library is the center of the intellectual pursuits of 150 students who devote their whole day from 8 am to 8 pm in studying.

Jayadev Bhavan Library has evolved according to the changing needs of the times. The Library has been moved to the specious upper floor of newly built Geet Govind Sadan. Now, the new place has a capacity for more than 200 students, according to Manas Ranjan Khuntia, information officer who is in-charge of the Jayadev Bhawan.

The Library is now to subscribe all competitive magazines, newspapers and periodicals in adequate numbers. Steps are being taken to convert it to e-library by e-cataloging of books, digitisation, online study facility. Bar coded system for entry into the library and close circuit tv cameras are going to be installed soon. Provision of pure drinking water supply, cageteria, snacks and lunch facilities would also be arranged in the premises.

The director, I & P.R, Mishra has ordered to expedite all these for the betterment of the Jayadev Bhaban Library.