(12 Jun 2021) The historical Hardayal Municipal Public Library was reopened in Chandni Chowk in Delhi after months of efforts to bring back its erstwhile stature of being a place to access rare collections of books and manuscripts.
Developed way back in 1862, the library has 150,000 books, 8,000 of which are rare texts and 350 are handwritten manuscripts. Some of them date back 300 years. Readers though may not be able to immediately access the library because of the current Covid-related restrictions of public places.
The digitisation and conservation of rare books was done by the India Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. The rare books include a handwritten Koran by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, a Persian translation of Mahabharata, ‘Relation of some year’ by Travaile Begvenne, which was printed in 1634, History of the World (1677) and Prem Sagar, the first book in Braj Bhasha (1881).
Source: Khaleej Times