A Treasure-trove Of Knowledge: The Panjim Library
Planet Goa|Volume 9 Issue 7

GOA is best known for its beaches, parties, casinos, churches, food and historical places that are no longer functions such as the Augustine Tower. Very few people know about the Krishnadas Shama Library in Panjim.

Mallika Sobhrajani

Its looks are deceptive with glass walls and white paint, and one is bound to think ‘a library is the last place to visit in Goa’. Well, just because the building looks modern doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have a documented history.

According to its records, it is the oldest public library in India, established by the Portuguese in 1832. The collection of books in the library was influenced by many political and historical events and factors happening around that time. The library even stored some of the suppressed documents of Convents of religious orders. Today this six-storeyed building is amongst the top 50 Indian libraries and is known best for its services such as its membership which starts from just Rs. 200 and the maximum being Rs. 750, for a lifetime.

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