Facelift work of Saraswati library to begin in August
The city's favourite Saraswati Library in Gulab Bagh will adorn a new look in 6 months.
Udaipur city’s well known Saraswati library in Gulab Bagh is about to undergo a facelift. The work will begin in August and is targeted to complete within 6 months. As per the project under smart-city development works, the library will have a reading room with a seating capacity for 300 people. The rarest of books that have been lying ignored in the library will be placed in a museum within the library and other facilities will also be developed.
The library is now going to adorn a heritage look with some new constructions which will be similar to the old building. The work is to begin in the first fortnight of August and will be completed in 6 months. The officials claim that this is the first innovation of its kind in Udaipur for which a budget of 50 lakh rupees has been approved by UIT Chairman and also the District Collector. The project will be carried under UIT. The layout of the library is in process.
First of all anti-termite treatment will be done for the entire building. Post this the 1lakh 40 thousand old books that are in the library will be cleaned and maintained for reading purposes. All historical and rare documents will be digitalised so that they are accessible for future references. The main and the most important point is that the trees in Gulab Bagh around the library area will not be affected in this project. The museum that is a part of the project will have the idol of Queen Vicotria and the old books which date to 200 years back.
As of now, the ceiling of this library is oozing out water and the space is also not enough. Everyday around 300 people visit this library but they are required to sit in the corridor. Some even sit outside due to lack of space. All the issues will now be taken care of.
It may be noted that Saraswati library has more than 1 lakh national and international books in Hindi, English, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Punjabi, Sanskrit and other dialects. Once the library undergoes a facelift, this rare collection of books will be preserved and will be conserved for future.