One no longer needs to wander across libraries in town in pursuit of a book, as Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has launched an e-library service portal.
The corporation inaugurated the website portal on Saturday, making 6,000 e-books, in Marathi, Hindi and English, available to the public. The service was inaugurated by Sharad Pawar, union minister for agriculture. Within the next few months, they aim to stock 55,000 e-books.
Sagar Naik, mayor of Navi Mumbai, said, “Anyone from in and around Navi Mumbai can register on the portal for a nominal charge of Rs 20 and download the e-books. The service will help us a lot since e-books can be read on laptops, tabs and mobile phones.”
In addition, NMMC will install a few computers at its library in CBD Belapur. Bhaskar Wankhede, municipal commissioner, NMMC, said, “We will install 12 computers at the corporation’s library in CBD Belapur for people who do not have computers at home.
The corporation will seek readers’ recommendations while adding new books to its stock. “At the time of registration, we will ask readers to recommend books. We will add new books accordingly,” said Wankhede.