Collection & Cataloguing

The collection at The Community Library Project's branches is quite comprehensive.

There are more than 30000 books in the library's collection spread across various genres and languages. The shelving and arrangement is done accordingly: picture books, easy and general fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, and poetry. While we strive to add books in as many Indian languages as possible, the collection is mostly Hindi and English, with a few Urdu, Bengali and Punjabi titles. All our books are arranged on open shelves to facilitate ease and freedom of access.

While curating our collection we take into consideration our members' reading preferences and interests. It is also our intention to provide a broad selection of reading material to our members. We ensure our shelves accommodate classics, contemporary literary works and books, which are socially relevant and provide insight into historical and current affairs.

Contributing to our collection

Our low cost model can be strengthened by regular donations and discounts from publishers. If you are publisher with a range of books suitable for our members and would like to contribute towards building a library movement, please get in touch with us at

We do accept donations of old books from individuals but set the bar high for the condition of books. We aim to make our libraries models of excellence and worn out or badly damaged books send out a wrong message to young readers about the importance of books. A damaged book also has a short shelf life. In case you are interested in donating to our collection, please keep this in mind. You can read more about how to donate books here.

The Community Library Project
Dharam Bhavan, C-13 Housing Society
South Extension Part -1
New Delhi - 110049
Donations to The Community Library Project are exempt from tax under section 80G of the Income Tax Act. Tax exemption is only valid in India.
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