tamil nadu: Scanning rare books at American College | Madurai News

Madurai: Work is underway to digitize approximately 11,000 rare books and palm leaf manuscripts at the Daniel Poor Memorial (DPM) Library, American College Madurai as part of the Tamil Nadu Digital Library Project.
Some of the books and scripts being digitized include the Hebrew language Holy Bible of 1720 and the Tamil work of ‘Seevaga Sinthamani’ in palm leaf scripts. Many literary works in Tamil and English from the 17th-19th centuries kept in the library are being digitized.
The digitized rare books and palm leaf scripts will be made available to readers through the college’s official website.
“It is an honor to be part of this Tamil Nadu government project. DPM Library is one of the oldest libraries in southern Tamil Nadu housing a collection of around 1.65 lakh books including rare scripts and palm leaves. Through this initiative, we will digitize rare literary works that have yet to be digitized,” said Principal Davamani M Christober.
“Besides uploading to the website, this digitization work should also add a crown to the establishment of the Kalaignar Memorial Library in Madurai, since we will also allow free use of the library,” he said.
Madurai District Library Manager S Yasodha and Madurai Kamaraj University Librarian Dr Suresh are coordinating the digitization work, which is expected to be completed within the next two months.


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