Introduction

“A library is not a building stacked with books – it is a repository and source of information and ideas, a place for learning and enquiry, and for the generation of thought and the creation of new knowledge.”

–National Knowledge Commission, 2005

Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) is the premier institution which pursues excellence and sets the pace in the field of school education in the country by promoting national integration and a sense of ”Indianness” among the children while ensuring their total personality development and academic excellence. Kendriya Vidyalayas are in the fore front of integrating innovative ideas and up-to-date technologies in teaching and learning.

The libraries in Kendriya Vidyalayas are considered as the nerve centres of knowledge which serve the students and staff members with needed information resources and act as vital partners in the collaborative learning activities.  The role of libraries in the academic achievement of students is indisputable. In the present 21st century learning environment, students need to be equipped with essential skills that make them effective seekers, evaluators and creators of information available in myriad formats.

The KVS Library Policy 2014 is aimed at developing a working framework and to guide the librarians and administrators for the effective organization and management of library systems in Kendriya Vidyalayas all over the country. It provides guidelines to establish school libraries with relevant resources, user oriented services and modern technologies. The Policy intents to equip the students and staff members with the information literacy skills required to face the challenges of the emerging knowledge society. These guidelines are formulated based on the previous KVS Library Policy (2008), CBSE: Organizing School Libraries Manuel (1998), IFLA/UNESCO School Library Guidelines (2002), National Curriculum Framework (2005) National Knowledge Commission recommendations on Libraries (2008) and a number of other international school library guidelines.

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