Kolkata: National Library returns to pre-Covid calendar | Calcutta News


KOLKATA: The National Library eased restrictions on Monday and reverted to its pre-pandemic schedule. Fully vaccinated people were allowed access to the reading rooms. All the while, readers have booked slots 24 hours in advance to visit the expansive Belvédère campus in Alipore.
The authorities have set different counts for the different sections, including the reading rooms, in order to ensure the presence of a limited number of visitors at a time.

On November 23 of last year, the library reopened after eight months. But readers had to pre-register on the library’s official website. People over the age of 60 were not allowed to visit the library. The library campus was closed on weekends while the reading rooms operated from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the lending section only until 3 p.m.
From Monday, the operating hours of the Bhasha Bhavan Reading Rooms and the annex building were extended to the original hours before the pandemic – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends and other days. holidays.
Those who received both doses were allowed to enter by presenting their final vaccination certificates. In accordance with the Covid-19 protocol, only alternative seats are available and readers cannot sit side by side. Seniors have been admitted for some time. But those under the age of 18 still cannot enter the library.
The online reservation rule will be applicable for people without a definitive vaccination certificate. Ajay Pratap Singh, director general of the National Library, told TOI: “According to central government guidelines, only fully vaccinated people can access the library. Since September 1, university researchers have been authorized not to reserve slots. We took into account readers who have traveled long distances and have not booked online. ”
Veteran reader Saibal Chakraborty said: “I am happy that the authorities have heard the call from the body of readers of the library, the Democratic Research Scholars Organization, and thought of the many students who depend on this iconic institution for education. superior.


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