The Dr Francisco Luis Gomes District Library is the major library in the district of South Goa, Goa, India. It is run and funded by the Government of Goa and was set up on 21 November 2010. The Library covers area of above 8000 square metres, comprising five floors, providing various services to the users.
An estimated 40,000 books in diverse languages—English, Marathi, Hindi, Konkani and Sanskrit—besides newspapers and periodicals, are homed in this library. Newspapers and periodicals are also available at the library, which has sections for children, Goa, records, a conference and lecture room, cafetariat, braille section and multi-purpose hall. Internet browsing is available too, and the library is kept open on Saturdays and Sundays. As of December 2011, the library claimed a membership of 2300. The library has a couple of buses to transport students, and a mobile library. There were plans to start a research centre in Konkani at the centre.
The District Library located at Navelim, Salcete, Goa -- just outside the South Goa headquarters city of Margao -- is named after the intellectual and former Parliamentarian from Navelim, Dr. Francisco Luis Gomes, who was born on May 31, 1829. Dr. Francisco Luis Gomes came to be known as a great Goan Parliamentarian, a linguist, thinker, master of several European and Indian languages, medical doctor, writer, orator, economist, campaigner for rights and social worker. The foundation stone for the District Library was laid on February 5, 2007.
The Dr. Francisco Luis Gomes District Library started with the objective of providing a free public library and information service to the people of South Goa. The library also acts as community centre for informal education. It serves the needs of all members of community without any distinction of class, creed, occupation, race, sex and specially those of neo-literates and children.
Stacks and Sections
The Stacks Section is on the ground floor. It spreads over 7,308 square feet (678.9 mi sq). It has over 15,000 books which cover all subject areas. This section has a collection of books in four languages viz. English, Hindi, Marathi and Konkani. Books are issued for a maximum period of one month.
The egional office of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) in Goa is also located at this venue. This was launched here in late November 2010.
Conference hall: The conference hall has facilities for conducting workshops/ conference/seminars/ meetings or presentations. It is fitted with high quality LCD projector with LCD screen for any kind of visual presentation. It can accommodate up to 30 people at a time.
Lecture Hall: The lecture hall has an elegant structure with aesthetically designed and fully air-conditioned with the seating capacity of 90 people at a time. It has excellent acoustic features, LCD projector and audio system
Multipurpose Hall: The Multipurpose Hall is well designed and fully air-conditioned with the sitting capacity of 100 people. Various programs are conducted to inculcate reading habit among the children.