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Krishnadas Shama Goa State Central Library, Panjim

(4.7/5 based on 20+ reviews on the web)
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  • The quantity of books or documents is impressive. Especially Portuguese manuscripts that can be used to do research. This new library is similar to a great place to access knowledge. Bravo and thanks for the initiative.
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  • This is one of the Largest Library in India. It has really good books for people of all ages. There are books in over 10 languages. Books on even the deepest topics are available here. Fully Air Condi...  more »
  • Krishnadas Shama Goa State Central Library is located at a very convenient Patto Plaza area near the Kadamba Bus Terminal in Panaji. The impressive building has a while facade ans a corridor circling ...  more »
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  • Brilliant library very close to the bus station. They have a ton of books over multiple floors, and even a section of Portuguese archive on the top most floor. You don't need a membership to access the library, and can just walk in here and browse through the magazines or newspapers, or just go read a book whenever required. A membership is required only if you intend to borrow books. The membership also is just a fully refundable deposit that you pay based on the number of books that you want to borrow. An INR 750 membership entitles you to borrow 3 book and 3 magazines. If I'm not mistaken students and teachers don't need to keep a deposit (but I might be wrong). They even have a ton of kindle ebooks to read. The staff is super friendly and always ready to help.
  • World class, for real. Super extensive list of books of course. Very airy, pleasant lighting (ambient and natural), young and helpful staff....just wow.
  • Publishers, authors and the general public visiting this library are often wowed by the infrastructure here. I go along with this, but with a rider: Goa has two very good libraries (at Panjim and just outside Margao)... but the rest of the state is a wasteland as far as libraries go. Point number one: the state needs to do a lot more to encourage that the entire ecosystem of libraries and books is built up in the original home of the Gutenberg printing press in Asia! Pros of this library: * Lots of space. * Good infrastructure (mostly). * Many mags and books to choose from. * The children's section is good, friendly and well-stocked. * Timings are definitely an improvement over earlier times. * Staff is young-ish and mostly friendly. * Membership rates are good. * The three-books-a-member offer ensures that people from far can also benefit. * The cybercafe is well-equipped, plush and affordably priced. * Could have avoided proprietorial software though. * The library offers its halls liberally for book-related events. * Photocopying facilities are good. * Goa section staff is helpful too, as are most others. Cons here: * Can be strict about taking in books into the library, including notebooks. * All the taxpayer-funded infrastructure is not being optimally used. * There could be many more members using a library of this size. * Many people in the state seem quite unaware about facilities offered. * New Goa-related (and other) books need to be better displayed. * Old books perhaps need better care if they are to last for more centuries. * Copyright-expired digitised resources should be made available freely online. * Its website could be more responsive and well-informed. * Online membership acceptance should be initiated. NOTE: Some of my photos shared are from the earlier, old library at Institute Menezes Braganza. You'll make out the difference immediately. That was a historic setting too, though cramped for space over time.
  • best designed and maintained libraay
  • ~Excellent Library ! and courteous Library staff.....very well managed and oriented towards users benefit which range from child library to braille library to portugese collection to cover almost all ranges of subjects. :)