“I feel the reading habit is very strong among prisoners because options for recreation and relaxation are limited for them. But due to security reasons, we can allow only a limited number of them at the library at a time,” Jail Superintendent S Santhosh told to media
Senior prisoners of each block now collect books for interested inmates and distribute it in their cells. But the opening up of e-library is expected to help overcome this difficulty and give more people access to the library facilities, he said.
“Inmates will be given training to use the applications and gadgets to read e-books. It will help them get an easy access to whichever books they want,” Santosh said.
“Thus the e-library will not only help them read their favourite books online, but also make them e-literates,” he said. To use the e-library, interested inmates would be given digital identity cards with bar codes. They could walk to the library, being set up at the 11th block of the sprawling prison, hand over their digital ID cards to the librarian and search for their favourite books in the computers there.
The prison already has a huge library with a collection of over 15,000 books, ranging from literature to science. “A software, comprising details like names of all the 15,000 books, authors and its brief summary, has been developed as part of the project. Prisoners can walk straight to the library and choose their favourite book from computers with the help of the software,” he said.
There would be no need for them to spend more time before book shelves searching books, he added. “Our aim is to provide our inmates all facilities of a modern library. They should get a cultural delight while visiting there. We hope this modern library will also instill a sense of self-esteem in them,” Santhosh said.