Kalam Library Project is the flagship initiative of Kalam Centre started in 2015 with the first library in Lilapur AGY Ahmedabad. The number has since increased to more than 80 libraries spread across 14 Indian states, catering to the reading and learning needs of children from the low-income strata. Dr. Kalam wanted that at least one library should be there in every village of the country for the benefit of underprivileged children. He wanted to open the world of knowledge for them – let them fly, fly high so that they realize that nothing is impossible in life. The Kalam Library Project is based on this philosophy of Dr. Kalam, continuing with the mission of Universal Literacy.
Children belonging to the lower income strata do not have access to reading books other than a few course books. Very few avenues for interactive learning, experiential knowledge creation, customized learning and mentorship are available to such children.
Besides providing access to books and digital tools, the Kalam Library Project aims to fill the developmental gaps in the Indian education system through workshops on vocational and soft skills customized as per the needs of the community. The libraries serve as interactive spaces to develop social and environmental awareness, create a culture of good citizenship, and help create lifelong learners.
Scalability & Sustainability
The libraries operate on a zero-cost model, comprising books that are donated in collection drives or arranged through corporate partnerships. Initially administered by a network of volunteers/ambassadors, the libraries are eventually passed to the community.
Kalam Digital Library
On 28th Febraury 2019, as a part of the Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Innovation in Governance Summit, the Hon’ble Vice President of India remotely launched Kalam ‘Digital’ Libraries across various locations in India. These libraries will serve as centers for no-cost digital based learning in schools and children observatories across India.