Development of Digital Library at Guru Nanak Dev Library Jalandhar


Under this initiative of JSCL, up gradation of civil work and digitalization work has been done. This is a unique initiative of its kind in Smart Cities in Punjab. This Digital Library provides a Digital Zone in the Guru Nanak Dev Public Library and a web portal ( freely accessible for the citizen.

Main Feature of Digital Library:

  • Digital Library provides the users access to more than 50,000 e-books, 5000+ premium books in English, Hindi, Punjabi and other regional languages.
  • These books use flip reader and simulate the reading pattern of physical book.
  • Portal has more than 2000 audio books
  • All the books stored in the digital library address the reading and learning needs of various categories of users – Children ( Comic Books), Teens ( Novels), Youth ( Competitive exam Books) , Middle and above Age (Literature, research and legacy archives on glorious history of Punjab.
  • This Digital Library has provides access to more than 2500 Indian and International E-Journals for college and university students.
  • This digital library has more than 100+ news e-papers and magazines.
  • It has educational video repository
  • One of the unique feature of this library is a section on Mock Test, which helps the students to prepare for various competitive exams. There is a separate section being developed in this Mock Test for IELTS exams.


Guru Nanak Dev Library, Bhagat Namdev Chowk, Civil Line, Jalandhar

Project Time Period :

12 Months

Mode of Implementation:

Part-A: PWD and
Part-B: Tender Based Ltd

Project Cost (Cr.):

Part-A: 0.94 Cr.
Part-B: 1.05 Cr.

Implementing Agency:

Part-A: PWD
Part-B: M/s Informatics Publishing Ltd.

Present Status:

Work completed

IT Infrastructure

I.T Infrastructure (Hardware)

  • 20 nos touch screen Desktop Computers
  • Local Library Server (1)
  • 1-Firewall to protect it from being hacked
  • 1 UPS (10 kva)
  • Internet Connectivity (2)
  • Wi-Fi Modem / Router with cables and accessories (1)
  • Server racks

I.T Infrastructure (Software)

  • Digital Library Web Portal along with Mobile App
  • Open Source Library Management System
  • Institutional Repository
  • Remote Access Authentication

Benefits to the citizens

  • The number of registered users in the digital library has gone up to 4 times after the launch.
  • Allow Readers to easily access reading materials on demand. 
  • People can get information 24 hours, allowing multiple access to an information source. 
  • Helps library staff to manage existing books/ literature on internet and create archive repository.
  • This project can be expanding its initiative for learning to support Padega Bharat, Badega Bharat and Beti Bachao, Beti Padao.
  • It can plans to provide access to the Digital Library to all the citizens initially free for six month and then decide to charge a nominal fees to make this library financial self-sustainable.