Hyderabad (Rahnuma) One of the biggest and oldest public libraries in the country, the State Central Library located at Afzal Gunj on the bank of the River Musi.
The Library has an excellent collection of around five hundred thousand books published since the early 19th century, including books in English, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Marathi, Sanskrit, Urdu, Arabic and Persian.
It houses 17,000 rare manuscripts including several unique historical collections of writings on Palm-leaf which dates back to the 5th century. This library depicts the greatness of India’s library system.
This Library is also known as Asafia State Library as it was founded by Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan Asif Jah VII in the year 1891, it is a knowledge bank for those preparing for competitive exams and a go-to place for bibliophiles looking for different collections of books under a single roof.
This illustrative library is making rapid strides in converting all its rich physical data into a digital library. In order to preserve its unique historical collection, the library has computerized over 45,000 rare books using library management software e-Grandhalaya.
The e-Grandhalaya software was developed by the National Informatics Centre under the aegis of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
The project has begun on an experimental basis in Warangal and Hyderabad with the help of Carnegie Mellon University’s Universal Online Library Projects. The digitized works include titles in Hindi, English, Telugu, Urdu, and Persian.
Carnegie Mellon University based in Pennsylvania, a northeastern U.S. state had provided the necessary funding for this project.