Hubballi: In a bid to encourage reading among the personnel, the Hubballi-Dharwad police commissionerate has established a library exclusively for cops and their families on the premises of the old City Armed Reserve (CAR). Most cops appear to be inclined towards reading non-fiction, which, besides improving their knowledge of key subjects, may help them perform well in competitive examinations. Retired police personnel too seem to be flocking to the library, browsing through its collection at their leisure.
Constable and writer Somu Reddy told TOI that many constables had appealed to their superiors to set up a library exclusively for police personnel. “The library came into being in July, and it has become a place where we go to relax. Instead of getting addicted to vices, we can improve our life by reading books at the library,” Reddy said.
Basavaraj Biradar, the librarian, said that the number of people trooping into the library was witnessing an incremental rise since it opened its doors. “We have 740 books in our library, of which nearly 90% is non-fiction, reading which will help candidates crack competitive examinations such as Karnataka Administrative Services, Union Public Service Commission, etc. We also have novels, collection of poems. The library opens at 9.30am to 1pm, and again from 4pm to 8pm. The library is closed on Saturday. Many constables and their children are regularly,” he said.
Vinayak, a high-school student who visits the library regularly, said, “While the library has many good books, I wish there were more titles for children. Since Saturday is a half-day for us, we wish the library stays open that day as well.”
‘Hope more cops use it’
We were able to establish this facility with the help of the library department. We hope more cops use the facility.
– Labhu Ram | Police Commissioner, Hubballi-Dharwad

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