The Community Library Project believes all people should have access to books. We are a low-cost, volunteer-driven, citizen initiative. We are committed to the work of building the movement for a publicly owned library system that is accessible to all.
Working in collaboration with Deepalaya NGO, we started our first library in the Ramditti J R Narang Deepalaya Learning Center in New Delhi's Sheikh Sarai in January 2015. Since then, we have helped Deepalaya in opening two new libraries, in Sanjay Colony and Gole Kuan, New Delhi and one in collaboration with Agrasar, in Sikanderpur, Gurgaon.
The work of sustaining our libraries and the responsibility for growing the library movement is borne by library members who interact through democratic governance structures. Library leaders are responsible for developing the leadership potential of all library members so that leadership and responsibility is shared. Every attempt is made to ensure that books in a library's collection and the composition of the library's membership and leadership is reflective of the diversity of the community in which the library is based.
The Community Library Project is a learning lab for developing best practices and programmes that promote reading, especially for first-generation readers, for all who have limited access to reading, and for all who wish to read. Our libraries provide a model for anyone wishing to create similar libraries. Through this website we aim to provide open-source pedagogy, curriculum, and other resources that are key to promoting community libraries and reading in Delhi and beyond.
Mission: The Community Library Project is animated by the idea that all people should have access to books and thinking through books, and that this can be accomplished by creating libraries that allow people to borrow books at no cost. We are particularly concerned in building a library movement that promotes libraries that welcome all and provide an inclusive space for members to come together to articulate their ideas, opinions, questions and issues.
Vision: To strive for an equitable and thoughtful society by expanding access to books and by promoting critical and imaginative thinking, so that our society is one characterised by increasing freedom to introspect, gain self-awareness, debate and express ourselves.