Libraries In Dehradun
Mahatama Khushiram Public Library
The Mahatma Khushi Ram Public Library was established in 1921 by Mahatma Khushi Ram, a retired postmaster and a keen philanthropist. Registered under the Societies Registration Act of 1860, this Library has about 300 members and 100 people visit this library everyday for reading, research and reference. The library has 41,780 books on subjects like Spirituality, Commerce, Arts etc. in Sanskrit, Hindi, English, Urdu and Bengali languages. It is home to a wealth of literary sources including the Vedas, Puranas, Upanishads and also includes books on modern subjects. There is a sizeable collection of indoor games for young children. The Discussion Room of this library receives 17 newspapers daily and 46 monthly magazines and is very popular with office goers in the ealy morning and late evening after office hours.
Membership Fees: Rs. 25 per month Security: Rs. 300 (Refundable after 6 months) Admission Fees: Rs. 100
Address:12, Gandhi Road, Dehradun
The Doon Library & Research Centre
The Doon Library & Research Centre located in Parade Ground has been functional since December 8, 2006. It is an important resource for scholars and researchers in social sciences and humanities. The library is a one-stop repository of material on society, economy, history, culture, ethnography, literature, folklore and polity in the Himalayan areas of India, especially Uttarakhand. The library has been conceived as something more than a mere repository of books. It is planned to make it a living institution by organizing talks, discussions, presentations and exhibitions for the general public. Along with the library a research centre devoted to studies on the Himalayan areas of the country in general, and Uttarakhand in particular, from the perspective of social sciences and humanities is also being developed. The idea is to build a research centre around the library so that it becomes a centre of intellectual and academic activity in the region. The library already has over 13,500 books on its shelves. It is also subscribing to over 50 journals in social sciences and humanities. The Library in its quest to provide better service to the reading public of Dehradun has plans to start a mobile library to reach out to senior citizens and others who cannot come to the library as often as they would wish.
Songtsen Library is a center for Tibetan and Himalayan studies. It was established by His Holiness The Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche, the head of Drikung Kagyu lineage of Tibet Buddhism with the vision to preserve and promote studies on Tibet and the Himalayas. It was inaugurated on March 6, 2003 by His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama. The Library is named after the 33rd Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo (617-650 A.D.). The building is an architectural inspiration of Yumbhu Lakhar, popularly known as Tibet’s first castle and built in the 2nd century B.C. by King Nyatri Tsenpo.