Texts, Tomes and Treasures: The Evolution of Goa’s Publica Livraria (1832-2005)


Author: Maria Pia de Menezes Rodrigues

9789380739724 | PB | pp. 144 | 2014 | Goa 1556

Texts, Tomes and Treasures: The Evolution of Goa’s Publica Livraria (1832-2005) traces the history of Goa’s public library and discusses future challenges.

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The State Central Library, Goa, occupies a place of pride among the oldest public libraries of India. It was started during the Portuguese regime, in 1832, and was known as Publica Livraria. In 1836, the name of the library was changed to Bibliotheca Publica de Nova Goa. After Liberation, various changes were introduced and the library services were expanded. The Biblioteca Nacional de Goa was renamed as the Central Library, and in 2012 its name was changed to the Krishnadas Shama State Central Library. Today, it has plush new premises at Pato, at the entrance to the Goan state capital. This book by a one-time head of the institution is a detailed attempted to trace its history and chart out the challenges that lie ahead.

Includes a 16 page photo-essay on libraries in Goa today, by Gabriella D Cruz.

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Maria Pia de Menezes Rodrigues







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About the Author

The author is the Ex-Curator, State Central Library, Panjim, Goa. After completing her Segundo Ciclo of Liceu de Goa, she obtained her degree in Science through the University of Bombay. She then opted for an education in Library Science, and was the recipient of the SHPT School Prize for topping the B.Lib.Sc. examination of the S.N.D.T. Women’s University. With the aim of enhancing her professional career, she completed her post-graduate studies first in Arts (History) and later in Library Science, both through the University of Bombay.

She has participated in a number of seminars and conferences at the local, national and international levels, and presented papers in the field of Library Science and on various historical aspects of Goa. She served the State Central Library, Goa, for over three decades, initially as a Librarian and for the last eight years as the head of the institution under the designation of Curator.


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