Raja Rammohan Roy Library Foundation (RRRLF)

Raja Rammohan Roy Library Foundation (RRRLF): The year 1972 was the year of celebration of the bicentenary of Raja Rammohan Roy, a great social reformer. The government of India decided that a library foundation would be the best tribute to the memory of Raja Rammohan Roy, who spent his life in fighting against forces that shackle and retard the progress of a society. Thus, Raja Rammohan Roy Library Foundation was set up by the government of India in 1972 as an autonomous body under the then Department of Culture, Ministry of Education and Social welfare with its head quarters in Calcutta.
a) Objectives: The major objectives of the foundation are as follows:-

i) To promote library movement in the country.

ii) To enunciate a national library policy and work towards its adoption by the central and state government.

iii) To help in building a national library system by integrating the services of national libraries, state central libraries, district libraries and other types of libraries through interlibrary lending system.

iv) To propagate the adoption of library legislation in the country.

v) To provide financial and technical assistance to libraries, etc.

b) Organization: The foundation consists of 22 members. Minister of education, government of India or his / her nominee is the chairman. Indian Library Association is represented on the foundation. In addition four eminent librarians are also its member.

c) Functions: RRRLF provides assistance to state government on matching basis for purchase of books, organization of seminars and conferences, running of mobile library service, purchase of furniture, etc.

d) Publication: It brings out Raja Rammohan Roy Library Foundation Newsletter (Quarterly) to disseminate information about its activities.