The Community Library Project

Works towards creating free, accessible and open to all public libraries to promote reading among children and adults

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  • Headquarters

    New Delhi, Delhi

  • Since


The Community Library Project (TCLP) is a volunteer-driven citizen initiative with the aim of creating community libraries that can be operated and ma Read morenaged at a low cost. TCLP serves as a model for running community libraries that are self-sufficient and democratically run. In an effort to maximise reading and literacy, workshops are conducted for fluent reading, poetry reading and storytelling for kids, toddlers and adults. It started its first library in the Ramditti J R Narang Deepalaya Learning Center in New Delhi's Sheikh Sarai in January 2015, in collaboration with the NGO Deepalaya. Since then, it has collaborated with Deepalaya to open two more libraries in Sanjay Colony and Gole Kuan, New Delhi, and one in collaboration with Agrasar, in Sikanderpur, Gurgaon.

Demographies Served


It has a collection of over 30,000 books in Hindi, English, Urdu and Bengali, set up 3 libraries operating 7 days a week with a membership of over 4000 adults and children.


  • Adda

    Adda empowers women to discuss and deliberate upon problems in their life. The organisation facilitates a meeting among the community women every Wednesday. The interactions consist of storytelling, films and meditation sessions but are finally directed towards making the women independent and understanding their rights and duties.

  • The Visiting Author Programme

    Named ‘Sahitya Sabka, Duniya Sabki’, this programme involves writers, poets and artists who come to the TCLP premises to present their work to an audience. This activity goes out to prove that literature is not just for intellectuals but for all.

  • The Book Club

    Is a collection of members who meet twice every month to discuss what they have read and exchange their observations and experiences, It encourages the organisation’s goal, taking the phrase ‘Reading is Thinking’ to the next level.

  • The Reading Project

    To encourage reading, TCLP initiated the Reading Project which intends to empower readers, especially first-generation readers enabling them to think.

    This programme features adult readers reading aloud to children of different age groups which has transformed into older siblings reading to younger ones, friends reading out aloud to one another and members gathering together to read stories. To motivate reading further, the organisation also runs sub programmes namely ‘The Read Aloud Programme’, ‘Headstart to Reading’ and ‘Hindi Reading Fluency’.

Impact Metrics

  • Total Number of Books Issued to Children

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2017-18 27645
    • 2018-19 41052
    • 2019-20 31424
    • 2020-21 2600
    • 2021-22 33492
  • New Members Joined the Library

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2017-18 1143
    • 2018-19 678
    • 2019-20 842
    • 2020-21 194
    • 2021-22 1520

Leadership Team

  • Bhawna

    Project Co-Ordinator & Co-Director

  • Mridula Koshy

    Trustee & Community Organiser

  • Purnima Rao

    Director - Free Libraries Network

  • Ritika Puri


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