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. A second library in Sikandarpur, Gurgaon is a collaboration with Agrasar NGO. Both our libraries are truly community libraries in that they are member owned, free, and open to all.

 

Our libraries have successfully enrolled a diverse membership of which a significant portion is first-generation learners. The primary methodology for promoting reading is the dozens of read-alouds that members and volunteers conduct throughout the week. The read-alouds demonstrate reading as thinking; readers move from their limited utilitarian understanding of reading to a more expansive one that is pleasurable and empowering. Our Honour Roll Programme celebrates members 18 and younger as they achieve milestones in their reading journey.

 

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.

 

The Community Library Project is also an engine for creating new community libraries. It has created a community library for Deepalaya in Sanjay Colony and is set to create one more in 2017 in Gole Kuan. 

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. A second library in Sikandarpur, Gurgaon is a collaboration with Agrasar NGO. Both our libraries are truly community libraries in that they are member owned, free, and open to all.

 

Our libraries have successfully enrolled a diverse membership of which a significant portion is first-generation learners. The primary methodology for promoting reading is the dozens of read-alouds that members and volunteers conduct throughout the week. The read-alouds demonstrate reading as thinking; readers move from their limited utilitarian understanding of reading to a more expansive one that is pleasurable and empowering. Our Honour Roll Programme celebrates members 18 and younger as they achieve milestones in their reading journey.

 

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.

 

The Community Library Project is also an engine for creating new community libraries. It has created a community library for Deepalaya in Sanjay Colony and is set to create one more in 2017 in Gole Kuan.