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At a Glance
The concept of Harekrushna Mahtab State Library was conceived during 1st Five Year Plan under the advice of Government of India and was completed in 1959 with a majestic building of around 16000 sq.ft. Carpet area, enshrined within a beautiful land of 3 acres in a prime location of Capital City of Bhubaneswar. In 1967, it was named as Gandhi Bhawan commemorating birth      centenary  of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation. The State Library was located in this building, but in a corner only. In 1987 it was renovated and entire space of the four storeyed building was utilized for the functioning of two Libraries i.e. State Library for the entire State of Odisha and another Public Library for Bhubaneswar City.
In 1987, Government decided to rename the State Library and the Public Library as Harekrushna Mahtab State Library (in memory of Dr. Harekrushna Mahtab, the builder of modern Odisha) and the Bhubaneswar Public Library respectively. The former is a Reference Library and lending of books are not permitted whereas the latter is a Lending Library for the public of Bhubaneswar City. These two Libraries have managed to function over the limited space. Total readers seats available are about 350 against the present demands of 600-700 readers per day. Some statistics of these libraries given below:
Total Books-1, 44,000
Total number of newspapers subscribed-15
Total number of Magazines subscribed-56
Total registered members-6000
Total number of Users per day-600
Total number of seats: -350
 
Bhubaneswar Public Library (BPL) –180
Language & Literature –10
State Library –50
Serial –80
Children –30
Floor areas
 
Bhubaneswar public Library (BPL)-120’x100’
Language and Literature-20’x40’
Serial Section-80’x 40’
Research and Reference Section-40’x100’
Depository Section-40’x100’
Children Section-40’x100’
Office-100’x 90’
T.S.D.-100’x 90’
A.S.D.-150’x 80’
Cycle stand and shed-100’x20’ and 60’x 40’
Different Sections of the HKM State Library:
 
Depository Section
Bibliography Section
Research & Reference Section
Fine Art Section
Language & Literature Section
Serial Section
Text Book & Career Development Section
Subject Collection Section
Children Section
Braille Section
Registration Section
Computer Section
Reprography Section
Binding Section
Technical Section
Dormitory Section
Conservation Laboratory (recently added under Grant of Government of India)
Publication Division (newly started)
R.R.R.L.F. Schemes for Odisha (newly started)
Property Counter
Office & Issue Section /Administrative Division
Garden
Cycle stand and shed
Canteen
Total number of staff –89
Devices for management/communication – Phones/Fax/On-line (Internet-mail)/Computers communication/ Networking/ Xerox/cyclostyle
   
 
 
   
 
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