National Policy on Public Libraries in India


  • Neeta Jambhekar College of DuPage


This paper investigates the policies of the central government in India, especially regarding the financial outlay in the Five Year Plans, important developments, and their impact on establishment of the public library system, since independence was achieved in 1947.

India is a multilingual federal country with 25 states and seven union territories (UT). Re–districting has resulted in an increase in the number of states/UT since independence. Each state and UT is divided into districts and sub–districts called talukas, tehsils, or blocks. Constitutionally, the subject “libraries” is the responsibility of the individual states in India. The central government has jurisdiction only over those libraries which it has established, and those institutions which it has declared nationally important.

Author Biography

Neeta Jambhekar, College of DuPage

Neeta Jambhekar is a reference librarian at the College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Illinois. She is a graduate of Karnatak University, Dharwad, India; and of the library school at Rosary College. She has recently visited libraries in several Indian cities, gathering research data.