The district library here, which houses nearly 36,000 books, opens on and off during working hours as three posts in the library are vacant and only one restorer runs the library.
The post of the librarian has been vacant for about 15 years and most of the time the charge of the library has been given to the librarian of another library. Besides it, posts of a restorer and an attendant are also lying vacant. Earlier, the library had one restorer and one attendant, but after the death of the attendant about 6 months ago, there is only one restorer now.
The library has nearly 36,000 books in Punjabi, Hindi, English and Urdu, but readers are unable to take benefit of these books as it does not open regularly during working hours. The only employee often locks it and goes to do some other works while subscribers have to go back.
“I have been waiting for the restorer to come as he left for some other work. I needed him as I wanted a journal which was required by me to prepare for competitive examinations,” said a youth, sitting outside the library.
“It should be ensured that the library is open during working hours so that readers do not have to go back,” said Narinderjeet Singh, a teacher.
“As three posts, including that of a librarian, restorer and attendant are vacant, I have to do all the works. I have to lock the library during working hours because I have to do many other works. We want more staff to run it properly,” said Harbans Singh, restorer in the library.
Though the library boasts of about 3,600 members, it is not in a condition to cater to needs of readers due to staff crunch.
Besides the problem of staff, almost all the fans and lights in the library have also been lying out of order for long.
Malwinder Singh Jaggi, deputy commissioner, said that he would look into the matter and write to the authorities concerned to send more staff to the library. The district library is under director, public instructions (colleges).