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Dhanbad library online again

Visitors to State Library, Dhanbad, can feel free to surf the Internet again. The BSNL broadband connection to the facility was restored on Monday after a gap of over 16 months.

The service had been discontinued since July 2012 because delayed arrival of government funds made the library default on bill payments.

The connection was restored after nearly Rs 10,000 was paid to the telecom major in instalments. The final instalment of Rs 1,968 was paid in the last week of November.

To prevent such inconvenience in the future, 50 regular visitors to the library have pitched in with Rs 10 each to start a fund for clearing broadband bills.

The library runs from a two-storeyed building and houses over 50,000 books and three computers. The facility, which boasts two reading rooms and a computer room, has nearly 200 regular visitors, most of them students preparing for competitive examinations. The facility has seating arrangements for 150 people and staff crunch alone remains the bane.

Sorter Sanjay Kumar Bakshi said they paid Internet bills when they received funds from the government.

“We have locked all social networking sites in the library so that students only use the Internet for information gathering,” said Bakshi.

With the service resumed, regular visitors are happy.

Ajit Kumar, an Indian Economic Service aspirant who travels from Gomoh daily, expressed his joy. “In this age of information, Internet is a must. Most job applications are submitted online. Students who cannot afford the Net at homes are dependent on the library,” he said.