The State Central Library is one of the institution
of learning which had its genesis in the year
1891 due to the sustained efforts of Late Moulvi
Syed Hussain Bilgrami (Nawab Imadul Mulk Bahadur
of H.E.H), the Nizam’s Government. The
personal library of this great scholar formed
the initial corpus of this great institution.
It was then known as Asafia State Library after
the name of Asaf Jah dynasty and was located
in Abids. Mr. Syed Tassaduq Hussian an eminent
scholar of Eastern Languages, was appointed
as Superintendent of this Library and later
he became the first Librarian of State Central
Library. In course of time, the Asafia State
Library emerged as one of the biggest, finest
and richest libraries in the world both in terms
of print and manuscripts collection.
This library building was constructed on area
of 72,247 Sq. Yards at a cost of Rs. 5.00 Lakhs
under the supervision of the then State Architect
and Designer Mr. Aziz Ali and the foundation
stone of the building was laid in January, 1932
mainly at the instance of the then Prince Mir
Osman Ali. The construction was completed and
the Asafia Library was shifted to this building
in 1936 to mark Silver Jubilee of Nizam the
VIIth. The architecture of the building is reminiscent
of good old kings palaces with huge halls and
high ceilings. The library building has become
old and the life span of the library building
is also over and hence, deteriorating. To retain
the heritage precinct Government of Andhra Pradesh
has declared this library building as heritage
building vide G.O.Ms.No.102, M.A., Municipal
Administration & Urban Development (II)
Department, dated: 23rd March, 1998.
The year 1941 was another landmark in the history
of Asafia State Library, which marked it s Golden
Jubilee celebrations. In 1955, after the enactment
of Hyderabad Public Libraries Act, Asafia State
Library was declared as the State Central Library
for the Hyderabad State. After the linguistic
reorganisation of States in 1956, it was declared
as the State Central Library for the Andhra
Pradesh and with a view to augment accommodation,
an annexe building was constructed in 1961 at
a cost of Rs. 9.00 Lakhs.
Collection: In year 1967, the Manuscripts collection
consisting of about 17,000 rare and valuable
manuscripts dating back to 5th and 6th Centuries
were transferred to the Andhra Pradesh Oriental
State Central Library today has an excellent
collection of 4,35,287 books published from
the early 19th Century, which are of special
significance to Research Scholars. Books in
English, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Marathi,
Sanskrit, Urdu, Arabic and Persian languages
find a good place in the collection of this
Library has been receiving books in all languages
from the Raja Ram Mohan Roy Library Foundation,
Kolkata and also from the Registrar of Publications.
Profile of the District: Hyderabad
district in the State of Andhra Pradesh has
emerged prominently as a “Hitech City”.
It reserves its pride in Tourist spots of Falaknuma
Palace, Chowmohalla Palace, in the vicinity
of the existing State Central Library in Hyderabad.
The district of Hyderabad spreads over 217 Sq.
KM. The adjoining district of Ranga Reddy has
widened the vicinity of Hyderabad with its beautifully
designed with historical places of educational
interest like Golconda, Moula-Ali and Tirumalgiri.
Hyderabad very proudly stands fifth in the place
as Metropolitan city.
The climatic conditions is much favourable so
much so that the Britishers also at one time
chose the Twin cities as resorts at all seasons.
It is not out of place to mention that though
the Hyderabad is not a place of National Mineral
resource, certain places like Kukatpally, Hyder
Nagar, Bahadur Pally, Bollaram, Himayath Sagar
yields natural resources like quart stone in
abundance and the same is used in the glass
factor so also Phelsars are found in ample and
used in porcelain industry.
The State Central Library lies on the banks
of Musi. This famous river starting from Ananthagiri
Hill divides the District in to North and South
regions flows to the district of Nalgonda with
its subrivulets popularly knows as Manjeera,
the world famous Charminar in Hyderabad has
crossed over 400 years., The population within
the vicinity of State Central Library dates
back to 3000 years.
recent developments in the field of Information
Technology, Software Technology, Hard Ware Technology,
Internet, Advanced Information Centres and the
sharing of Modern scientific and Information
Technology knowledge with the highly developing
countries and the emergent of vision 2020 plans
for development in all the fields of education
and for providing employment opportunities for
20 years a head, is a highlight to the development
schemes of the Government.
is here that emphasis on the role of Libraries
to play, comes into the picture. The Hitech
City has placed the Hyderabad city on the world
map of computers era.
State Central Library is one of the popular
public library rendering effective services
to the elite of trine cities.
library follows Dewey Decimal Classification
Scheme for classification of books and American
Library Association Code for cataloguing of
books. The vast library reading room is encountered
by the lending section, reference section with
Card Index Cabinets for the use of readers.
The important aspect of the formation of this
library lies in its rich and rare collection
of Arabic and Persian literature which were
at one time donated by the esteemed schalors.
The Stack Room of this library holding the collections
in all Eight languages which has exceeded five
lakhs invites 1500 to 2000 readers per day.
The State Central Library has well equipped
sections affording modern and quick services
like Repography and the competitive section
and reference section all headed for computerization
of library services in the near future.
This library besides running the home lending
of books also renders service to the blind through
the Braille Section. A Children Section forms
of a important Section.
State Central Library carry to out more meaning
extension activities on large scale.
The main objective of the State Central Library
is to collect all the literature on Science
& Technology and allied subjects.
2. State Central Library is expected to be the
main source in the State for reference materials
for Research workers and Scholars.
3. The main objective is to serve as focal point
and an organizing agency for inter library loan
4. The State Central Library in accordance with
its objectives maintains a strong reference
collection including State and Central Government
5. As a Public Library, State Central Library
organizes Books Exhibitions and Professional
Seminars and Conferences and Nation Wide Week
6. One of the main objective of the State Central
Library is to create awareness and to inculcate
reading habit in the minds of the students.
This is emphasized and highlighted during the
National Library Week Celebrations.
7. The State Central Library provides literature
for neo-literate research scholars and children
of different age groups, students and readers
of all standards including blind readers.
State Library Development Committee shall consist
of the following members:
Secretary to Government School Education Department…..
2. Chairman, A.P. Grandhalaya Parishad……………….
3. Librarians of all Government Libraries (7)
4. One representative from each Local Library
Committee of Government Library…………………..
5. Director of Public Libraries, A.P., Hyderabad……….
The State Library Development Committee will
meet atleast once in three months and review
the financial position of the Libraries and
explore various sources of resource mobilization,
approach various sources, collect donations,
create corpus fund in the name of State Library
Development Fund, decide norms for allocations
of funds from out of the interest accrued on
the investments and monitor utilization of funds
for ensuring their proper utilization and review
the accounts and audit of State Library Development
Functions: The State Central
Library has a Public Library place on a important
role in supporting the formal education. This
libraries role in imparting in formal education
contributes to the social and economic development
in making or marking the life of individual
and community as a whole, so much so that the
people and the Government or recognizing the
emergent need to plan the development of libraries
and to define the services of this library more
so as an information centre.
This library functions within the state as a
State Library system by collecting printed and
audio visual library equipment needed to serve
the public readers. As a public library within
a open access system now makes accessible all
its resources to be convenient and easy for
use for the public.
The main functions lies in interpreting and
guidance to the use of library reading materials
in the set pattern of collection, organization
and distribution each of these element are being
very important the aim of these public libraries
to serve all the people keeping in view the
fact that every person has a equal right to
This encircles individuals and groups of all
age, education, philosophy, occupation and other
conditions. There by the services of library
reaches the individuals regards less what he
is and where he is. Though the budget is limited
this library has the responsibility to provide
access to full library service through a suitable
and effective structure. This can be best achieved
by means of interlibrary loan which is a part
and parcel of library networking system.
In addition to the above the library system
provides cooperation in technical aspects such
a preparation of bibliography and catalogue
to achieve the standards beyond the reach of
a single library. As such from the library records
this State Central Library served the readers
only in a closed access system. The considerable
increase in the reading public have contributed
to the inception of this open access system
This library functions through an exclusive
reference section, general reading section,
a separate childrens section and text books
section exclusively for students. As a public
library in its true sense renders service by
means of a home lending system to registered
members of this library. Simultaneously the
Braille Section also functions with equal importance.
This library functions more satisfactorily them
what is excepted by the supporting staff and
its administration. This public library functions
from 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. and the competitive
section 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 Mid Night. The State
Central Library has no linkages with any other
libraries in the State.
The Lending Section and Reading Section dominates
the library service.
State Central Library is an Apex Public Library
acts on a central organisation of a State Library
service. It is an institution in its own rich,
performing functions away from its special position
This library extends its services through Social
Education Wing activities, by organizing Seminars
/ Symposia, Books Exhibition, Conference, National
Library Week Celebrations.
Members: The aim of this public
library is to give service to all the people
to have equal right of knowledge this encompasses
individuals and groups of every age education,
philosophy, occupation, economic level, ethnic
origin and human condition. Even though the
budget is limited, this library owns the responsibility
for providing access to fulfil the library to
suitable and effective structure. It is here
that the question of the streamling the procedure
In accordance with the provisions contained
Under Section 7(a) of the Andhra Pradesh Public
Libraries, Act of 1960 the Government Constituted
a Common Book Selection and Purchase Committee
with the following members to this library on
a permanent basis.
a. BOOK SELECTION COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
1. Joint Collector of the Revenue District,
2. District Educational Officer of the Revenue
3. The Deputy Director of Adult Education Department
of the District, Hyderabad……….
4. Joint Collector has approved the nomination
1. Sri. Kabir Ahmed, Station Director,
All India Radio, Hyderabad. (for all books in
2. Sri. A. Kasipathy, Prof. Osmania Medical
Hyderabad ( for all subjects in English &
3. Dr. Shoba Deshmukh, Reader in Marathi,
Osmania University, Hyderabad ( for all subjects
Marathi & Hindi).
5. Gazetted Librarian in case of Regional Libraries
Chief Librarian in case of State Central Library,
COMMITTEE FOR WEEDING OUT OF LIBRARY BOOKS:
vide G.O.Rt.No.238, Education (Libraries) Department
dated:22-02-1999 constituted committee for weeding
out of mutilated / damaged and obsolete volumes
of books with the following members.
1. Librarian Concerned, S.C.L., Hyderabad Member
2. One Senior Lecturer of a Local Govt.
Junior College / Degree College/
University or a suitable academician as
nominated by the Joint Collector of the
District concerned.…… Member.
3. Secretary, Zilla Grandhalaya Samstha Concerned