The Open Library

Usha Mukunda & Sunila Rau

At Centre for Learning, a school in Bangalore, we have an open library both in concept and reality. This means that there is free and open access to all material and resources, at all times of day and night, and throughout the year. Mutual trust and shared responsibility provide the ground from which this library functions. The rules and conventions of library interaction evolve out of a sense of co-operation, consideration and care for the community as a whole.

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The challenge for the librarian is not one of policing and monitoring, but to perceive and hold the library and its users as a vibrant functioning whole. This can only be done when the community of users feels a sense of ownership and accountability.

The collection in this library reflects the commitment to quality and excellence. Classics, traditional and contemporary, can be found on the shelves. Staff and students are actively involved in the selection process.

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