E-Pustakalaya is an education-focused free and open digital library.
It can also be installed in low power servers and deployed in schools and community libraries that either do not have Internet connectivity or have low bandwidth connection. Such local instances of E-Pustakalaya will enable better user experience through fast access and quick downloads.
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OLE Nepal has sought and received permissions from authors, publishers and organizations to add the materials that are found in E-Pustakalaya. An advisory panel consisting of prominent Nepali writers helped in the development of E-Pustakalaya.
Maitri Trust UK, Nepal Library Foundation, India Development and Relief Fund (IDRF), and Rotary Club of Kathmandu Mid-Town have been OLE Nepal’s major partners and supporters in E-Pustakalaya development.
At places where internet access is unavailable, unreliable and expensive, offline E-Pustakalaya provides an offline source of educational resources. If schools already have a computer network, they can add E-Pustakalaya installed server and the network will be ready with E-Pustakalaya. We can provide relevant information on low-cost, low-power and reliable machine for the server. If schools don’t have school computer network, we can also help install the network. The network equipment include Router/Switch, cable and server. We can also provide training and support as per requirement.
- Although, online and ready to be used, E-Pustakalaya is a constant work in progress: there is ongoing effort to add content through agreements with various authors and publishers. As of now organizations like Room to Read, Rato Bangala Foundation, Madan Puraskar Library, Save the Children, World Education, E-Learning for Kids and Azim Premji Foundation have provided materials for E-Pustakalaya. OLE Nepal is also working with other relevant organizations to acquire educational and other materials that would be useful for childrenâ€™s education. We are also in the process of adding government and other textbooks to the library.
- E-Pustakalaya is also working on archiving Nepali classical literature as well as some contemporary literature. Contemporary authors have agreed to put some of their books on E-Pustakalaya so more people have access to them and so a reading culture is inculcated amongst young Nepali children.
- Currently, a copy of E-Pustakalaya has been hosted in each of the school servers so that students and teachers at the pilot schools can access the materials through the school network. They can also download the books to their laptops and read them when they are away from school. During the teacher training program, teachers were trained on how to access and use E-Pustakalaya as well as on how to integrate it in their daily teaching process, so as to enhance learning.