Raja Rammohun Roy Library Foundation
Ministry of Culture, Government of India
  Status of library legislation in India  
     
 

India attained freedom in 1947 and became a Republic in 1950. For facilitation administrations, it now has a National Capital Region of Delhi, 28 States and 6 Union Territories after Independence. Even before Independence, Kolhapur Princely State, in the Western India passed Public Libraries Act in 1945.

 
 

Since independence of India the following States have passed Public Libraries Acts

 
     
 
01. 1948 Tamilnadu 11. 2001 Odisha
02. 1960 Andhra Pradesh 12. 2000 Gujarat
03. 1965 Karnataka 13. 2005 Uttaranchal
04. 1967 Maharashtra 14. 2006 Rajasthan
05. 1979 West Bengal 15. 2006 Uttar Pradesh
06. 1988 Manipur 16. 2007 Lakshadweep
07. 1989 Haryana 17. 2008 Bihar
08. 1989 Kerala 18. 2009 Chattisgarh
09. 1993 Mizoram 19. 2009 Arunachal Pradesh
10. 1993 Goa    
 
     
 

So far, only half of the States of the Indian Union have successful passed the library legislation, However, in the coming few years, there is greater possibility for a library law being enacted in the remaining States. Out of these the enactment of Public Library Law at Puducherry State is in the fore front.