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South Indian library attracts readers with its unique bookshelf architecture

A library in south India’s Kerala state has managed to attract both young and old minds with its unique architecture — a stacked bookshelf or gigantic bookrack.

The library, Lal Bahadur Vayanasala and Granthalayam, at Karayil in Kannur district, filmed on August 23, was set up in 1967. 

However, over a decade ago, the library started functioning from a rented space after the building was given away for public development activities. 

A few years ago, the library committee raised funds to construct the INRs 40 lakh ($53,421) building. 

The unique design was suggested by veteran sculptor KKR Vengara in the hopes of attracting minds for generations to come. 

Vengara’s thoughts were turned into reality by local artist CV Sreedharan who used bricks, roofing tiles and cement to create the structure. 
On February 3, 2019, the new building was thrown open to the public.  

The exterior of the library features around 400 book covers. 

The library currently has 5,000 books and also has a reading room named after its founder president VP Appu Pothuval.The sprawling colonial bungalow was once the home of German missionary, scholar and linguist Hermann Gundert. 

He lived there for 20 years from 1839 studying and contributing to Malayalam language and literature.

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