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About Street Library

About iLEAD – The Institute of Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Development is a UGC recognized world class institute promoted by PS and Srijan Group. iLEAD is rated as the 4th Best Media School in the country by KPMG and is affiliated to Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology, the biggest university of West Bengal, India. iLEAD offers degree courses in Media and Management studies both at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. iLEAD is also offering undergraduate programs in Real Estate, Interior Design, Fashion Design, Animation, Multimedia and Graphics.

About iLEAD Street Library – iLEAD Street Library is a first-of-its-kind movement of setting up a chain of Street Libraries across the city, initiated by iLEAD Institute, Kolkata. It provides every people free books and makes it accessible at every corner of the city.

iLEAD Street Library aims at encouraging more people to inculcate the habit of reading and is based completely on trust. Readers can access books from these libraries, take them along and return them according to their own convenience without the constraint of a deadline. Anyone can contribute their own books or magazines for others to read and is free to join iLEAD in the initiative in order to create a book loving community and promoting the love for reading among all.

Our Chairman, Mr Pradip Chopra, who is an avid book lover himself, pioneered the idea of street libraries in Kolkata.

“The idea came to me when I was in Australia… there were many tiny street libraries everywhere: on the beach, outside a restaurant, at a café, outside the railway station and so on.” – Mr Pradip Chopra on the idea of iLEAD Street Library

There are nine such street libraries situated in various locations around Kolkata, with more projects under way. Our aim is not just to provide free books to people, but to popularise the culture of street library in the city, so that other institutions and organisations also take up the idea and together create a Street Library Movement.