SAIIER 2019:Auroville Library
The Auroville Library is a hub for information retrieval and recreation and corresponds to the so-called public libraries which provide access to books for a general public. Our aim is to provide free access to all kinds of information, printed and digital, and to do so in a personal, friendly, trustful way.
The collection of books, apart from approx. 100 volumes per year purchased with the SAIIER budget, has been built up almost entirely through book donations, big and small, within the last three decades. It continues to grow by 3,000 volumes a year – so it mirrors the actual tastes and interests of Aurovilians and guests. In this sense one can say it is the Aurovilians' library.
Today the collection contains 50,000 volumes in ten languages: English, German, French, Tamil, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Spanish, Korean, and Hebrew. It covers a wide range of both fiction and non-fiction, and there is an almost complete collection of Sri Aurobindo's and Mother's works. We have a separate room for children's literature.
We are open throughout the year, lending books, as well as providing HD movies and e-books on request.
Running and developing such an activity in the Auroville context is always a challenge as you have to do the maximum with the minimum resources. Nevertheless it seems to work as the public satisfaction and needs seem to be met.