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NATIONAL LIBRARY DAY / The untapped potential of our public libraries

There are few public libraries across the city which can be considered to have a decent book collection in both Bangla and English.

Panihar Public Library: A heritage in ruins

A library containing more than 7702 periodicals, encyclopedias and books on literature, religion, poetry, science and economics—all wasting away from neglect.

The strange exclusivity of Dhaka University Central Library

It’s not allowed for the students to physically browse bookshelves in the Dhaka University Library.

Resurrecting Lalkuthi

Barely three bookshelves with broken doors, shattered glass panes scattered all over the floor and damp cobweb-ridden walls -- such is the scene inside Farashganj’s Johnson Hall, also known as Lalkuthi.

Revisiting ‘The Midnight Library’ and the beauty of a flawed life

Each hardcover spine contains the story of how Nora’s life would have turned out if she had chosen differently—if she had picked a different career path, moved to a different country or married a different person.

Free books for everyone—A hawker’s selfless dream

A hawker in Jhenidah, with his own hard-earned money, has established a self-made library at his house in College Para area under Kaliganj municipality. 

A library for labour welfare

At first glance, Purbo Daliram in Garagram union of Nilphamari's Kishorganj upazila looks like any village. But it is home to a unique self-generated development initiative.

Uganda, where a book can cost a month’s salary

The hunt for a good book in Uganda's capital is not for the faint-hearted; in fact it feels like a black market.

Travelling library: The two Indians on a road trip to promote books

The two friends are on an ambitious 10,000 km (6,213 miles) road trip in their minivan, and have taken an eye-popping 4,000 books with them.

February 5, 2023
February 5, 2023

The untapped potential of our public libraries

There are few public libraries across the city which can be considered to have a decent book collection in both Bangla and English.

November 10, 2022
November 10, 2022

Panihar Public Library: A heritage in ruins

A library containing more than 7702 periodicals, encyclopedias and books on literature, religion, poetry, science and economics—all wasting away from neglect.

November 3, 2022
November 3, 2022

The strange exclusivity of Dhaka University Central Library

It’s not allowed for the students to physically browse bookshelves in the Dhaka University Library.

July 15, 2022
July 15, 2022

Resurrecting Lalkuthi

Barely three bookshelves with broken doors, shattered glass panes scattered all over the floor and damp cobweb-ridden walls -- such is the scene inside Farashganj’s Johnson Hall, also known as Lalkuthi.

April 2, 2022
April 2, 2022

Revisiting ‘The Midnight Library’ and the beauty of a flawed life

Each hardcover spine contains the story of how Nora’s life would have turned out if she had chosen differently—if she had picked a different career path, moved to a different country or married a different person.

September 25, 2021
September 25, 2021

Free books for everyone—A hawker’s selfless dream

A hawker in Jhenidah, with his own hard-earned money, has established a self-made library at his house in College Para area under Kaliganj municipality. 

July 7, 2018
July 7, 2018

A library for labour welfare

At first glance, Purbo Daliram in Garagram union of Nilphamari's Kishorganj upazila looks like any village. But it is home to a unique self-generated development initiative.

May 10, 2016
May 10, 2016

Uganda, where a book can cost a month’s salary

The hunt for a good book in Uganda's capital is not for the faint-hearted; in fact it feels like a black market.

March 19, 2016
March 19, 2016

Travelling library: The two Indians on a road trip to promote books

The two friends are on an ambitious 10,000 km (6,213 miles) road trip in their minivan, and have taken an eye-popping 4,000 books with them.