Libraries celebrate World Book Day
Books represent a world full of opportunities- opportunities to imagine, create, learn, understand and gain a perspective. They are essentials for academic attainment and many a students and researchers have burnt the midnight oil with a book in their hands. Rather unfortunately, not everyone is cable of purchasing a book and many people remain deprived of the pleasures of reading because of their inability to afford. This propelled the Libraries of Jain University to join hands on the World Book Day to organize ‘Donate a Book Campaign.’
The campaign was inaugurated by Dr. P V Narayana, President, Shree Smaraka Pratishthana, Bangalore. He raised some pertinent questions about decline of reading habits and suggested ways in which these can be tackled. “Books are a repository of knowledge and knowledge is for sharing. Donating books to libraries where more and more people can have access to them is a very healthy practice than keeping them on shelves.” He added that making books more accessible to public could be one of the ways to boost reading habits. Dr Rajani Jairam, Dean, Student Welfare was also present on the occasion. She advised the students to get the right information by inculcating the habit of reading.
The day witnessed staff and students donating books across all campuses of the University. These included both academic and general reading books. N. Meeramani, Librarian, SCMS Campus of Jain University informed that the drive would last for three months during which all the libraries would build a database of donated books. “The enthusiastic response of staff and students towards donating books is laudable. We plan to have more such drives in the future,” she said.