Are you a bibliomaniac? If yes then a great news awaits you! The Union Human Resource Development Minister, Prakash Javadekar launched ‘National Digital Library of India (NDLI)’ in Delhi on the occasion of National Reading Day. The National Digital Library of India (NDLI) is developed by IIT Kharagpur. While addressing media, Javadekar said “The National Digital Library would become a single-window platform for all the educational needs. It will have 1,70,00,000 books on 200 languages.” This massive collection of books covering information in fields ranging from art, culture, dance, music to science and education, museums, maps and others can be of assistance to anybody, from universities, schools, students to anyone who has a curiosity to learn. Moreover, Javadekar also said that all the government schools in India would be given library grant between 5,000 Rs- 20,000 Rs every year, depending on their size. The sole objective of NDLI is to give easy access to digital educational resources through textbooks, lectures, videos, audio books, simulations, fiction and other kinds of learning media.
NDLI has already welcomed 35 lakh users and it aims to bring 3 crore users by the end of this year. Apart from website, NDLI is also available on a mobile app. NDLI Mobile app is allowing users to connect to the rich digital content of libraries across country and even foreign repositories. This app, which has been downloaded over 6.70 lakh times, is currently available for iphone as well as android users. As of now, NDLI has content from 160 sources in three languages English, Hindi and Bengali.
NDLI is yet to arrive at a sustainable business model and is looking forward to strengthening its own content, technology and business model. As a second phase of development, NDLI is focusing on making collaborations with digital libraries in Australia and US.