VOLUNTRY SOCIAL SERVICE
Karvir Nagar Wachan Mandir.
The Karvir Nagar Vachan Mandir was founded in 1850
with the object of collecting and purchasing mainly Marathi,
Sanskrit, Hindi and English books and periodicals and supplying them
to the public for reading purposes. It was originally called the
Native General library.
The membership of the library consists of patrons,
life-members and ordinary members. There are, besides, three other
special categories viz. (i) honorary members, persons who render
great help to the library; (ii) student members; and (iii) child
members. Patrons have to donate Rs. 1,001 at a time. Life-members
have to donate material worth Rs. 101 or more. Ordinary membership
is of three kinds viz., those paying Rs. 2, Re. 1 and As. 8 per
month. There were 893 members (in 1957), of whom three were patrons,
nine life-members and one honorary member.
The managing committee is responsible for the
management of the library. A peculiar feature of the constitution is
that the managing committee and the president, vice-president and
the auditor are not elected in a general body meeting. All elections
are held by secret ballot. In addition to the annual meeting, a
general meeting is required to be called in July and November every
The managing committee consists of nine elected
members, one Government nominee and one nominee of each of the
institutions giving a grant to the library of Rs. 1,001 or more. The
Kolhapur Municipality can nominate two members. The managing
committee elects its own chairman, secretary and treasurer. It can
appoint special sub-committees for special purposes.
The library has a building of its own with a large
lecture hall. There are more than 26,000 books in its possession,
some of which are valuable ones. It has also a very good reference
section. The library arranges every year a series of lectures by
eminent perions. The Vachan Mandir now functions as the District
Library of Kolhapur district. The annual income of the library in
1956-57 was Rs. 12,682 and its expenditure was Rs. 12,094; its
assets were valued at Rs. 2,44,625. The number of members was 893,
of whom three were patrons, nine life-members, one honorary member
and the rest were ordinary members.