After a decade-long wait, residents of Whitefield have finally got their own digital public library. Located in Thubarahalli in the Mahadevapura Zone, the digital library in Whitefield may look like an IT company but is rich in digitized literary texts.
The establishment of this library follows the digital libraries set up in Chamarajnagar, Mysore, Haveri and Tumkur and the conversion of regular libraries in Jayanagar, Malleswaram, KH road, RT Nagar, Rajajinagar and Vijayanagar into digital libraries. All the 272 city central libraries across Karnataka have now been digitized with PCs and tablets.
Digital Library In Whitefield – Quick Facts
- Lifetime membership fee: Rs 202
- Timings: 10am to 5.30pm
- Closed on Mondays, 2nd Tuesday and 4th Saturday
- Wheelchair access
- Parking: available
Read: The A To Z Of e-Sarvajanika Granthalaya or Government Digital Library In Karnataka
Digital Library In Whitefield – There Is Ample Space For Everyone
The reading space of the library spans 2 floors of the building. Office-like partitions have been set up at the first floor where computers have been set up. A small reception is manned by the librarian and bookshelves are stacked with English and Kannada books. The second floor is only a reading area.
There are several rows of bookshelves stacked with books, magazines and newspapers. The library currently has subscriptions to almost 30 newspapers and houses around 22,000 books. Future plans include increasing the number of books to 50,000.
Read: Libraries in Bangalore – Paradise for Readers
Applying For Membership In Whitefield Digital Library
Anyone can apply for library membership. To apply one would need to submit an Aadhaar card copy and 4 passport-sized photographs. Members get access to a customized portal that can be accessed from anywhere.
To register online visit the Karnataka Digital Public Library website. Citizens can register with their name, email id and phone number. An OTP will be sent via text message for verification.
You can also download the library app from here. Members can access content in English, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi and Urdu on the app but cannot download any content.