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British Library gets a new look

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A range of books, videos, CCs, DVDs and online resources now available Range of new and existing resources comprising the latest books, journals, CDs, DVDs and online sources on a range of subjects available



RAPT ATTENTION: Edmund Marsden, Minister (Cultural Affairs), British High Commission (left), and Professor Suleman Siddiqi, listen to feed back from book lovers at the new facility at the renovated British Library in Hyderabad on Thursday . - Photo : P. V. Sivakumar

HYDERABAD: The Osmania University Vice-Chancellor, Mohammad Suleman Siddiqi, said here today that he looked forward to more collaboration with the British Library to modernise the existing library in the university.

Prof. Siddiqi was speaking after inaugurating the fully refurbished British Library along with the Minister (Cultural Affairs) of the British High Commission, Edmund Marsden, here on Thursday. Osmania University has already started the process of digitisation of the rare books. Efforts are also on to digitise 9,000 rare manuscripts. The university library has a collection of four lakh books.

Services sought

He hoped that the British Library would also come forward to extend its services to the university in its efforts to preserve the rare books and manuscripts. The university would shortly arrange an interactive meeting with the officials of British Library.

He said OU was the seventh oldest university in the country with the largest number of 842 affiliated colleges.

Mr. Marsden said the renovated library offered 28,000 volumes and 890 periodicals and an on-line collection, providing access to databases containing more than 5,000 journals. He said the library provided access to the latest ideas in the particular area of study, in professional life or in career development.

A range of new and existing resources comprising the latest books, journals, CDs, DVDs and online resources on a range of subjects cater to the learning, research, professional and recreational needs of the people of the twin cities, he added.

He said a range of books, videos, CDs, DVDs and online resources are now available for people who are interested in personal and professional development.

Similarly, more computers have been added to the online zone for the members to access the Internet free.

The Director, British Council, South India, Eunice Crook, and Manager, British Library, K. Sudhakar Goud, were present.

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