About Us

SNV Vivekapradayani Vayanasala and Gandhismaraka Grandhashala, Peringammala, Kalliyoor P.O, Thiruvananthapuram fondly known as SNV library is one of the oldest rural libraries, had its genesis during the pre-independence period along with the library movement in the state. The library since its establishment has pre-defined objectives to transform the social, cultural, educational and economic development of the community in the locality. This library currently with a mass collection of rare books is linked to an interactive website with library catalogue for online access to its resources. The library recently completed 65 years, has made commendable contribution to its credits to the community.

In recognition of its commendable services and social activities, Kerala State Library Council upgraded the Library as the only Reference Library in Thiruvananthapuram Taluk in 2002 as per the terms prescribed by the 11th Finance Commission. Many a times, the library won awards for best libraries in Thiruvananthapuram District and Taluk.

The Library is registered under Travancore Cochin Literary Scientific and Charitable Societies Registration Act of 1955. It is an A-Grade Library, which is a rare honour among the thousands of libraries under Kerala State Library Council. Currently the library is included in the panel of Registered Non-Governmental Organisations of Planning Commission (National Informatics Centre), Government of India. It is also a registered member of Nehru Yuvak Kendra.

Total book collection of library comprises of a number of 16216, which include Taluk reference collection of 1484 books. Book collection covers various subjects including Science and Technology, Engineering, Medical science, Computer science, Religious texts, General knowledge and job oriented textbooks. Currently 45 periodicals are receiving, either as part of subscription or as gift. Out of nine newspapers subscribed, two are English dailies. A reasonable collection of CD/DVDs are also available for reference.

With respect to information technology infrastructure, we are maintaining personal computer systems with internet facility, Xerox machines, and Multifunction device for fax, copy and print. We ensure smooth functioning of it within our financial constraints. We are the only rural public library in Kerala with an interactive website though which library members can Login by username and password. It enables users to view books borrowed, fine status, date to return books etc. The website provides a link for accessing Online Library Catalogue for knowing or selecting books of their choice and also ensuring whether the desired books are available in the library or issued out. Users could also send email request for reserving a book and receiving library services

The library functions in a two storied building with moderate IT infrastructure such as desk tops with internet, scanners and printers. It has a good track record in fund utilisation, especially grants from Raja Rammohun Roy Library Foundation, Kerala State Library Council and other funds from State and Centre. Beyond provision of reading facilities, the library exposes a host of activities to its readers such as:

  • Periodic seminars, essay competitions, cultural events
  • participatory research activities through community development activities 
  • Non-formal education for drop out individuals
  • Children groups to inculcate reading habits
  • Continuing education centre to keep the learners current,
  • Village Knowledge Centre to deliver pinpointed information
  • Neighbourhood education centre for improving educational standards of needy students
  • Women’s empowerment wing 
  • Arts and sports club for making youngsters to use leisure time.
  • Sub-Centre of Primary Health Centre to maintain health standards.
  • Career Development Centre for uplifting educated youth to reach career heights.
  • Vocational Training Centre to create skilled manpower.
  • Community information centre values community oriented information.
  • Scholarships for students from socially and economically backward communities.

The library has acquired relevant legal bindings and registrations and is also affiliated to national and regional bodies such as Planning Commission, Nehru Yuvak Kendra. A model and reference library in Thiruvananthapuram district (since 2002), has received coveted and prestigious awards including best library at Taluk and District level. The library plays a lead role in health education and awareness campaigns. It maintains a database of key bureaucrats as a backbone for seeking information and is visited regularly by eminent personalities including Kerala state ministers, Member of Parliaments, and dignitaries from social, cultural and literary circles.