September 14, a day for libraries in Kerala.Today, 14th September is celebrated in Kerala as the Library Day. This particular day is chosen as a reminder of the day on which the Library movement was started in this part of the country, which was on 14th September, 1945. Of course, at that time the present Kerala State was not born. Hence it was limited to the Travencore state. However, in Malabar area (which was under the then Madras Government) another Library movement was working from 1937. After the formation of Kerala State in 1956, Kerala State Library movement was started, comprising all libraries in the State. In 1945 the then Council had only 47 libraries under its control. At present the number of libraries has become 8417.
This movement helped improve the literacy level of this State. There are several major libraries coming under the category Public Library. Membership in several libraries exceed thousands. In addition to these libraries all the Universities and colleges have their own library set up, stocking different books from specialised fields.
This year the Library Day is celebrated just hosting the flag in front of the Library. This was due to the flood and the losses due to it. More than 200 libraries got immersed in the flood water. Because of that about 25 lakh books are lost for ever. Total loss is roughly estimated as 12 crore s or more, which will include the costs of Library buildings, books, other things such as TV, Radio, projectors and furniture. Hence this years library day is being celebrated as Library renovation day.