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  • Delhi Public Library
  • Delhi Public Library

Delhi Public Library

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The Delhi Public Library (DPL) was established in 1951 by the then Ministry of Education, Government of India with the financial and technical assistance from UNESCO. The library was inaugurated by the first Prime Minister of India Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru on 27th October 1951. At present, the Delhi Public Library is functioning under the administrative and financial control of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. The Headquarter/Central Library is located opposite Old Delhi Railway Station. From a small library located in Old Delhi, it has since been developed into a premier public library system in the country covering the entire metropolitan city. Besides providing free library services to the people, children and adult alike, irrespective of any distinction of sex, caste, creed and religion, DPL also looks after their recreational needs to harness the latent potential of the members by providing them with a suitable platform for socio-cultural activities. The DPL has been one of the four recipient libraries under the Delivery of Books and Newspapers (Public Libraries) Act of the Parliament of India, 1954 (as amended in 1956). As per the provision of this act, the DPL is entitled to receive one copy of each publication published in India from publishers free of cost. The total branches of DPL are: 33, total deposit stations are 28, total seating capacity: 1900 approx., total membership: 1,89,235, total collection: 18,92,767 (including 296642 D.B.A.D Books and out of total collection of 5,08,607 books can be accessed through WebOPAC). Apart from this, the DPL is providing Mobile Library service at 158 points (including 18 Braille Library Points) situated in the National Capital Territory of Delhi.


Address: Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Marg, Opp. Old Delhi Rly. Station, Delhi- 110006
Established: 27th October 1951
Institution Head: Shri Padma Lochan Sahu, Director General (Additional Charge)
Hours: 8.00 am – 7.00 pm Sunday: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Phone: 011-23992313 (Chairman Office) 011-23951116 (Control Room) 011-23951113 (PABX)