Imagine a library, which has an eclectic collection of books, warm people to welcome you, a cozy couch and a perfectly blended cup of coffee. Sounds rather out of place from the regular library stereotype, doesn’t it? Well, to your surprise and satisfaction there is one such place located on a quaint street off Law College Road. Let me introduce you to the bookshelves of Open Space.
From Shakespearean poetry and essays on Wall Street to Indian rural policy and everything in between, you will find a book here for it. And, maybe a movie as well from their niche documentary collection. Their collection of over 3000 books along with various international magazines such as ‘The New Yorker’ and ‘The Economist’ are refreshed at regular intervals. You can get access to all this and more for an annual membership of Rs 500 and a returnable deposit of Rs 500. Yeah, that’s it. Or you could also drop by anytime during the day to browse through the library for free.
Open Space is frequented by a lot of students and college-goers, who often come here to relax, unwind and read a book or to utilize the resource material available here for their various research projects. Eshan Arif, a media student often drops by here, says “ A lot of material here is related to my current field of study, be it the movies or the books, studying and watching them gives me a better idea of the dynamics of the film and media industry.” Every afternoon you will find many others like him browsing in the library.
The library is co-ordinated by Ujwala Samarth who has been involved with Open Space since 2010, she will always give you a warm welcome when you walk in here and help you explore the various resource materials available. When asked regarding the member base and organization of the library, she says “The library is funded mainly by grants as well as by subscriptions. We are looking to increase our member base, as the active usage of the library will encourage our promoters to further invest in the library and expand upon the current resource base.”
Open Space is not only a library, but also a platform which can be utilized to conduct book readings, movie screenings, workshops and research presentations to a receptive and engaging audience. So now I’ve given you enough gyan, so how about you come and check it out for yourself, yeah? See you around. :)
For membership details click here: http://openspaceindia.org/openspace/library/library.html
-- Shantanu Verma studies at Fergusson College. He volunteers at Open Space.