A library for the public is perhaps the last thing one associates with a District Congressional Committee (DCC) office.
The Ernakulam DCC office bucked this trend and, in a one-of-a-kind initiative, set up a library spread over 3,000 square feet. Writer T. Padmanabhan will inaugurate Paul P. Mani Memorial Library and Sabarmati Center for Study and Research on Sunday.
library has more than 25,000 titles spread acrosss various genres. “We wanted to encourage reading and set up the full library with a reference section over a period of six months. Work on a digital studio is underway and should be completed within a month,” DCC Chairman Muhammed Shiyas said.
For a while, Mr. Shiyas has been avoiding accepting shawls and other souvenirs and instead asking organizers to give him a book. About 4,000 titles were collected in this way while another 3,000 were received as donations. The collection was bolstered by the purchase of books for around ₹10 lakh.
Membership will be open to all. Arrangements have also been made for online membership and title reservations.
“Our goal is to transform the Sabarmati Center for Studies and Research into a platform for debates and discussions by inviting intellectuals, speakers and politicians from all partisan affiliations. The idea is to create a culture of debate and make it a model for the party base to emulate. We want people to read and encourage them to speak up,” Mr. Shiyas said.
A dedicated team from diverse backgrounds has been entrusted with the management of the library and research center.
Opposition leader VD Satheeshan, KPCC leader K. Sudhakaran and renowned writers will attend the inaugural ceremony to be held at 11 a.m.