Delhi Public Library (DPL)


Established in 1951, Delhi Public Library has been providing free library services to the citizens of Delhi. The Library was established as a pilot project sponsored by UNESCO and the Government of India.

Functions and Powers

Delhi Public Library is an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Culture and governed by Delhi Library Board. The Delhi Public Library is a recipient library under the Delivery of Books and Newspapers (Public Libraries) Act, 1954. It receives a copy of all books, newspapers and periodicals published in India.

It has a network of Zonal Libraries, Branches & Sub-branches, R.C.Libraries, Community Libraries, Deposit Stations, Mobile Library, Braille library, etc. spread all over Delhi. There are more than 18 Lakh books in English, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and other languages. All main branches have children section with an exclusive branch for children. It also has Braille library for the visually impaired. It is providing prison library for Tihar Central Prison.