The Panaji state central Library was original set up by the Vice Roy Dom Manuel de Portugal e Castro on the 15th September in the year 1832 as ‘Publica Livraria'. This library is by far the one of the oldest existing public library in India. Later on, in the year 1836 the name of the library was change to ‘Bibliotheca Publica’ as that is when the library also preserved the bibliographical repository, which was moved from the Convents run by religious orders, and was later suppressed in 1834. The Library’s status was changed again in 1897 and it became a National Library and was again renamed as ‘Bibliotheca Nacional de Nova Goa’.
In the current time the Library is being managed by the administrative control of Government of Goa. The Directorate of Art & Culture and Curator is the head of the library. There is a huge collection of close to 2 lakhs journals and books. Out of these 2 lakh books and journals, almost 40,000 of these books and journals consist of the pre-liberation period. These have been written mostly in the English, French, Latin and Portuguese and there are a few books available in the local languages like those of Konkani and Marathi too. Apart from these books and journals one can even find old newspaper since 1971, early imprints of 7 titles, manuscripts, official gazette, which go back to 1836, and reference as well as general books. For all those of you who are interested in knowing more about the history of Goa, then you could visit the special section, which focuses on the pre-liberation period of Goa.
|Entry Fee||No Entry Fee|
|Timings||Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 9:30 AM - 7:00 PM Sat, Sun 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM|
|Visit Duration||1 hour|