The library card is a passport to wonders and miracles, glimpses into other lives, religions, experiences, the hopes and dreams and strivings of ALL human beings, and it is the passport that opens our eyes and hearts to the world beyond our front doors, that is one of our best hopes against tyranny, xenophobia, hopelessness, despair, anarchy, and ignorance.

—Libba Bray

APLA is a distinguished organisation that has been toiling hard to inculcate the reading habit among the people, young and old. In the twenty first century, with the proliferation of distractions like multi-channel television, and smart phones with Face Book and Whattsapp, fewer people are drawn to libraries. To overcome this, APLA, adopting the Open University concept of “Education at your doorstep”, coined its own mantra, “Library at your doorstep”. If the readers do not come to the library, the library will go in search of the readers! Thus was born the idea of mobile libraries.

The newly created mobile library was named after the eminent Shri PathuriNagabhushanam as “Pathuri Mobile Library” The first mobile library was inaugurated on September 8th, the International Literacy Day and today they are functioning in six places.

Books are taken to a previously notified place at a fixed time and are made available to the public for about an hour. Readers are given a choice of browsing at the spot or of borrowing them for a period of one week.