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Community-based libraries open in city

entertainment Updated: Aug 09, 2011 15:32 IST

Book aficionados now have another reason to cheer.

In yet another attempt to boost and encourage the reading habit among Mumbaikars, a Bangalore-based venture is opening community-based reading libraries titled Just Books CLC across the city.

The first library was set up at Nerul in 2010 and was followed by two more branches in Dombivli and Powai, the latter having opened just last month.

The venture also plans to open more outlets along the city’s Western Railway route by the year-end.

“We have a community-centric model with a physical shop that offers members access to books that they can rent, read and return,” says D Ravi Kumar, senior manager – franchise development, Just Books CLC.

He, however, adds that they want to focus on offline activities that encourage people to visit the library rather than simply choosing the books from the e-catalogue.

“But we do offer home delivery services to people within a 5-7 km radius to aid convenience."

As part of their services, book enthusiasts just need to become a member of their local library and pick a plan that suits them.

There are multiple options available, each catering to a different type of reader (avid, regular, basic etc) and the amount of books they would like to read.

Once they have signed up, readers have access to over four lakh books that are on offer.

“Since we are a community-based model, we also offer regional books depending on the area that we are situated in. So you will find a lot of Hindi, Gujarati and Marathi books in Mumbai,” says Ravi Kumar.

He also adds that members can contact the library for particular titles, which they can procure on request, “But since we have such a large catalogue, it is possible that the book already exists with us and all we have to do is bring it to that particular branch,” says Kumar.

Also, members can request book on Twitter and Facebook and have them delivered to their homes.