Books are a person’s best friends, or at least so was the case till people got hooked to the digital world. To keep this association alive, Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) is making sure that the travelers get to experience books at first of its kind library at the Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station (MGBS) in Hyderabad.
Entry into the library is free, and it is open round the clock, all seven days of the week. However, in keeping with the social distancing requirements, the library accommodates around 35 people at a time. Opening a library at the bus station was the idea of TSRTC managing director VC Sajjanar, who took up the initiative to encourage reading among the city’s youngsters.
The library was inaugurated on Ugadi by TSRTC chairman Bajireddy Goverdhan while it became fully operational from World Book Day on April 23. It is located in the deluxe lounge of the MGBS and has novels, comics along with study material, and daily newspapers to help students prepare for Groups exams and other competitive examinations. However, the team behind the library plan to take feedback from the travelers and users of the library before adding more books.
Though situated in the busiest bus station, the library is located in a quiet place so that the readers can read in peace and can take a rest simultaneously. As for the funding and the books, they were collected from various sources, including the RTC staff. Those interested in donating books can contribute them to the library at MGBS or contact the number 7382800595.