OPLI is envisioned to establish a “Well-integrated Modern Public Library System” in Odisha/India to empower individuals, build a stronger community and improve the socio-economic, cultural & educational system for a Knowledge based society and Internet Enabled economy.
After Phailin, a major natural calamity, in 2013, the OSA with support from Non-Resident Odia (NRO) community in North America, contributed funds and proposed for establishing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) enabled “Urban Model Public Library” in Berhampur, Ganjam and “Rural Model Public Libraries” in Balasore and Mayurbhanja for the enrichment of the community.
The sole purpose was to create a basic footprint of World Class Public Libraries in Odisha through the Model Public Libraries, which can be inspirational model to replicate similar Public Libraries at every District and Block level in other parts of the state by Govt. and/or private bodies. A “Well Integrated Public Library System” has proven to be the key catalyst in socioeconomic development in developed economies.
The Berhampur urban model public library(known as e-library), the first digital public library, was inaugurated by Chief Minister Sri Naveen Patnaik in 2017.
The rural model public libraries were established in Kulida, Basta, Balasore and Baghada, Suliapada, Mayurbhanja.
Berhampur Urban Model Public Library
Balasore Rural Model Public Library
Mayurbhanj Rural Model Public Library