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District Library Pulwama short of books, staff

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Pulwama: Located in the heart of Pulwama town and besides a higher Secondary School named after renowned Kashmiri poet, Mehjoor, the District library Pulwama lacks the collection of latest books.
Readers complained that the library, which has over 3500 borrowers “lacks latest books related to Science, Technology and Computer.
They also rued the absence of local and Indian newspapers from the library.
“Earlier, all leading national and local newspapers would be available everyday here, but for the last few months just one national and two local papers are available here due to which the flow of people visiting the library on daily basis has reduced,” a visitor said.
“No latest books or magazines on Science and Technology or Computer are available there,” he added.
Parvaiz, Ahmad, a local said that those books, “already available at the library, are forwarded by the higher ups”.
Parvez, who visits the library at least once in a week, said that the authorities must avoid sending the same books to the library.
The library also lacks books for competitive exams.
An official pleading anonymity said that there were over 30 thousands books available in the library but they haven’t been displayed properly due to lack of lockers besides dearth of staff.
He said a meager three staff members including district library officer ran the library.
“Despite all equipments available in Computer lab, it is lying defunct due to non availability of skilled staff,” he said.
In-charge Librarian Mohammad Yousuf said that they had already approached the higher ups for the latest literature.
Yousuf too said the computer lab was defunct due to non-availability of professional expertise.


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