Kalam Library Project
Kalam Library, Delhi
The Kalam Digital Library being appreciated by the Honorable Vice President of India.
One of the greatest yet unfulfilled wishes of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was to ensure that each and every child in the country gets access to the fountain of knowledge. He believed every youth in the country should have access to a library as a matter of right. The Kalam Library Project is based on this unfulfilled dream of Dr. Kalam. The libraries are all in remote areas, villages, slums areas and madarsas. The inception and operation of these libraries are based on a simple low/zero cost model.
The first library under this project opened at Lilapur AGY Ahmedabad, Gujarat in November 2016, with the cooperation of many stakeholders and was launched by the Chief Minister of Gujarat, who donated more than 150 books including 5 books that inspired her in life. Since then, we have expanded and now we have more than 450 libraries across 14 states of the country.
With expanding internet reach and augmented digital content, we have upgraded some of our libraries into digital libraries. For this purpose, it has set up agreements with three state governments – Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat.
We also operate a Digital Lab for Children which creates customized and local language-based content using tools such as animation, video and audio which is beamed across to all our digital libraries.