GOVT. OF MAHARASHTRA
DIRECTORATE OF LIBRARIES
The Library development in Maharashtra is based on the recommendations of a Fyzee Committee, appointed by the then Government of Bombay province, for the development of libraries in the State. The Committee constituted in 1939 and submitted its report in 1940. The recommendations of the Committee could not be implemented upto 1947 because of the Second World War. After the independence, the then Government of Bombay province decided for development of public libraries to implement the recommendations of the Fyzee Committee.
The Government of Maharashtra had taken into consideration the suggestions and demands of the activists in the library movement and decided to introduce Maharashtra Public Libraries Bill in legislature. The Maharashtra Public Libraries Act was passed in 1967 at the Nagpur Session of the Maharashtra Legislature. However, it was brought into force on 1st May, 1968, the Maharashtra Day. The Act provides for uniform Public Library System in the State and uniform scale of grant-in-aid.
- Establishment of a separate Department of libraries for planning, maintenance, organization and development of Public Libraries in the State;
- Establishment of the State Central Library for the whole State and Divisional Library in each division, financed and managed by the Government;
- Establishment of the State Library Council to advise Government on all matters related to the Library development;
- Establishment of District Library Committee for each district for advising Govt.
Set up of Department
With the Enactment of Maharashtra Public Libraries Act, 1967 the directorate of the libraries was set up in the state of Maharashtra on 2nd May 1968. Under the directorate upto 31st March 2009 one state central library, 6 divisional libraries, 20 District Libraries and one reference library and 6 offices of Asstt. Director of Libraries & Head Quarter of Directorate thus 35 offices are established.