An avid book enthusiast, Osiuddin, built the library in his own house
Jagarani library has been spreading knowledge for 50 years among the residents of Raipura upazila in Narsingdi.
The library celebrated its golden jubilee on January 24 this year.
Filled with a large collection of over 20,000 books, and magazines—on genres including history, heritage, and science—the library is regarded by researchers as a rich, and rare database of knowledge.
Speaking to Dhaka Tribune, local teacher Rakib Hassan said: “The library is working to produce ideal humans. People living in and outside the village are being benefited by the library.”
Jagarani library's journey began in 1968, on the bank of Arial Khan river at Sirajnagar village, on the initiative of Osiuddin Ahmad—a teacher and a homeopathy physician.
An avid book enthusiast, Osiuddin, built the library in his own house.
Osiuddin said: "I like to read books and want people to read them as well. This is why I established Jagarani. If I get government or private sponsorship, I can transform this into a leading rural library of Bangladesh.”
Hundreds of people, teachers, students, job seekers, and booklovers, visit the library every day.
The library is open to readers from morning to evening, but it is suffering from a lack of adequate space.
Jagarani also organizes cultural competitions, publication of magazines, book reading competitions, debates, publication festivals, painting and composition competitions, recitation, and it also offers various scholarships to students.
A local 10th grader, Mahmudul Hassan, said: "I come here every day. I can read books on almost any subject here, including sociology, geography, history, general knowledge, and religion."
Narsingdi Presidency College Founder Chairman, Dr Md Moazzem Hossain said that the library is benefiting the society.
He added: "People can acquire knowledge, and use them in their personal life. People are being restrained from drug addictions as well as other wrongdoings. Jagarani deserves praise for its effort in spreading knowledge in the upazila.”