Libraries in India get a boost thanks to the Gates Foundation

With e-books on the rise, libraries are facing closure in a lot of countries. In the UK, 400 libraries were shut down in the last five years 'due to budget cuts, technology and the internet age' as Sky News puts it

It was rather heartening then to hear of the Gates Foundation's $4.78 million grant to the Nasscom Foundation in India, so that Indian libraries can help bring more people into the internet age. 

Learning from the Pew Research Center's 2015 work on what Americans feel about libraries in their communities, India should focus on using libraries to not only teach community folk how to participate in a digital economy, but also become more engaged members of their local areas. 

Techcrunch: Nasscom Foundation gets $4.78 million from the Gates Foundation to support tech programs in Indian public libraries

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